ICT Update: September 27, 2018

ICT Update | September 27, 2018
Authors: Shay Wester, Kim Yaeger, Ella Duangkaew, Monica Chritton and Christine Wan
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
 
October 16-18, 2018: Malaysia Business Mission
 
THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
 
 

2018 IMD World Competitiveness Rankings: ASEAN Falling Behind New Competitors

In the 2018 IMD World Competitiveness Ranking report, the U.S. moved up to the top spot in an annual digital competitiveness ranking of 63 economies. In contrast, nearly all five ASEAN economies listed on the ranking, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia, saw their rankings for digital competitiveness fall. While Singapore fell one rank to take the 2nd spot just behind the U.S., the Philippines and Indonesia were both placed in the bottom ten economies, at 56th and 62nd respectively and Malaysia dropped from 24th to 27th place. In spite of ongoing domestic political challenges, Thailand saw its ranking moved up from 41st to 39th.

The IMD World Competitiveness Ranking, which is published annually by Swiss business school Lausanne, analyzes and ranks countries’ ability to adopt and explore digital technologies leading to transformation in government practices, business models and society in general. Digital competitiveness is measured through broad categories of economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure.

For Singapore and Malaysia, the 2018 report found a mismatch between relatively high levels of training and education and a digital-friendly environment, and society’s attitudes toward the adoption of new technologies. In Singapore, businesses remain relatively slow to embrace digital transformation. Malaysia has a relatively low ranking in IT integration in areas of e-government and software piracy, a weakness that is common among other ASEAN states such as Thailand and Indonesia.

The Philippines experienced one of the biggest drops in the overall digital ranking, falling from 46th to 56th place, largely attributed to sharp declines in perceptions about the effectiveness of banking and financial services, the availability of venture capital, and societal attitudes toward globalization. Indonesia’s position, in contrast, has remained stable in the bottom of the ranking, with its drop of three ranks to 62nd primarily attributed a decrease in the training and education sub-factor due to a deterioration in employee training, pupil-teacher ratio for tertiary education, graduates in sciences, and women with degrees. The country remains stable in the future readiness factor (at 62nd) despite a downturn in business agility (35th to 46th).

Singapore and Thailand Launch Cybersecurity Centers to Enhance Capacity Building Efforts

In an ongoing effort to develop regional cybersecurity capacity, Singapore and Thailand have launched, or plan to launch, centers to train Southeast Asian cybersecurity professionals and to raise awareness of cybersecurity.

On September 14, the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre launched in Bangkok. Commenting on the Centre’s goal of building cyber capacity, Executive Director of Thailand’s Electronic Transaction Development Agency, Suranga Wayuparb said that ASEAN’s cyber risks are becoming more sophisticated, while the “cyber security personnel are yet insufficient.” The Centre is being implemented by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The Centre aims to enhance the capacities of at least 280 cybersecurity experts and specialists through coursework offerings, and raise youth awareness on cybersecurity. This Centre was opened to support the ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020 and is expected to see 700 Southeast Asian cybersecurity personnel graduate from programs in cyber defense, digital forensics and malware analysis.

Singapore has also announced plans to develop a capacity building center. In his opening address at Singapore International Cyber Week on September 18, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean announced Singapore’s SGD30 million (about US$21.96 million) commitment toward the ASEAN-Singapore Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (ASCCE). DPM Teo Chee Hean said the ASCCE will “complement and strengthen existing cybersecurity cooperation initiatives, including the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Center in Thailand”. According to this opening address, the three broad objectives of the ASCCE are to (1) strengthen ASEAN members’ cyber strategy development, legislation and research capabilities, (2) train national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in the region, increasing their technical expertise and cyber incident response skills, and (3) promote CERT-to-CERT open-source information sharing. DPM Teo Chee Hean emphasized the necessity for ASEAN to invest in cyber defense, cyber innovation and cyber partnerships to develop a resilient and innovative ASEAN in his address.

These commitments in Thailand and Singapore build on efforts of ASEAN member states to address emerging cyber threat vectors as ASEAN becomes an increasingly attractive target for cyber attacks. According to Cisco and AT Kearney’s report,: “Cybersecurity in ASEAN: An Urgent Call to Action”, ASEAN states underspend on cybersecurity. To target a mature market average benchmark, the report estimates that ASEAN states would need to target an increase of US$ 67 billion in cumulative cybersecurity spend between 2017 and 2025, and a target increase of $171 billion between 2017 and 2025 to reach a best-in-class benchmark. The report estimates that the current low spending rate could eventually cost the top 1,000 companies in the region up to $750 billion in cyberattack damages, unless there is a radical policymaking agenda that can address current and emerging risks. In 2017, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia drafted national cybersecurity bills, though some have not passed yet, but ASEAN as a whole is still lacking in regional policy coordination in cybersecurity. It is critical that ASEAN prepare to increase investment and develop the needed radical policy agendas to ensure the region’s resilience, and prevent the heavy costs of cyber attacks on citizens and companies alike.

Thailand Approves Draft Digital ID Bill

Thailand’s Cabinet recently approved a Digital Identification Bill in principle, which would set up a National Digital ID (NDID) platform. Drafters expect the Bill to be passed by the National Assembly shortly, and take effect by the middle of 2019. The NDID system under the Bill is intended to facilitate online transactions and enhance stakeholder security, although concerns have been raised about the system’s risks.

For banks, the NDID system under the bill would enable faster customer identify verification by drawing together three parties: an ID provider (IDP), Authoritative Source (AS) and relaying party (RP) to corroborate identification of an end-user. For example, according to the Bangkok Post, a first bank (as the RP) could rely on a second bank (as the IDP) that has already conducted an e-KYC (Know Your Customer) procedure and verified the end-user with backing from a trusted source like the Credit Bureau (as the AS) to release information about the end-user to the first bank for further use. The effect of a faster system under this design would foster growth in digital loans and overall customer bases.

The 12-person working committee that designed the NDID expects the system to benefit public and private stakeholders. According to The Nation, Bill drafter Bhume Bhumiratana stated that as the Bill intends to lower costs for identification authentication, the public may feel more secure in opening accounts and engaging in online transactions, which will also enable the public to collect names, make inquiries or lodge complaints.

However, some have raised questions about the system’s potential for privacy breaches and questions of cybersecurity. As the sole operator, the NDID would face consolidated risk of cybersecurity attack or data breach. Prinya Hom-anek, Secretary-General of the Thailand Information Security Association, said that a single NDID is “not ready to be used on the global level,” and that public services need a high standard of reliable and secure services. Somwang Luangphaiboonsri of the Thailand E-Payment Trade Association said the system should have a trusted global auditor to verify the system and ensure the NDID platform has standards of good governance, transparency and protection of privacy.

It is concerning that the Draft Bill has not been shared with the private sector for public consultation, particularly given that most concerns are coming from industry associations. It will be important for multistakeholder consultation to take place to ensure the Bill is developed with utmost transparency and flexibility, to achieve the shared industry and government goal of expanding financial inclusion.  

 
ADVOCACY UPDATE
 
 

Thailand Personal Data Protection Bill
On September 28, the Council will submit industry comments on the revised version of the Personal Data Protection Bill, which was released by the Government of Thailand on September 3 following a public hearing period on the previous version that ended in May. Please contact Praab Pianskool (praab@usasean.org) and Ella Duangkaew (eduangkaew@usasean.org) with any questions, or for a copy of the submission.

Indonesia GR82 and OTT Regulations Update
Recent Council engagement with Indonesia’s Minister Rudiantara has shared that the amendment to GR-82 is expected to be finalized in the second half of October, to be signed by the President shortly after. The President has been kept up to date on this issue, holding recent cabinet meetings to discuss. According to Minister Rudiantara, the current version has not varied substantively from the draft observed earlier this year, but noted that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will have the final say on what data is categorized as strategic. The engagement also clarified that OTT regulations will not be happening any time soon and there will not be any moves to regulate this area for the foreseeable future. Please contact Kim Yaeger (kyaeger@usasean.org) for any questions.

Vietnam Draft Decree to Amend Decree 06/2016 (OTT Services)
On September 23, the Council submitted industry comments on Vietnam's Draft Decree to Amend Decree 06/2016, regulating Over the Top (OTT) services, to Vietnam’s Authority for Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI). The comments advocate for greater clarity on the applicability of the decree to OTT services, and recommend the use of self-regulatory solutions, and increased transparency and collaboration with industry in the development of the regulation. On September 21, ABEI held a consultation workshop on the draft OTT regulations, particularly what changes would be made for the next, and final draft, of the OTT regulations. A readout of this workshop is attached. Please contact Vu Tu Thanh (tvu@usasean.org) or Ella Duangkaew (eduangkaew@usasean.org) to obtain a copy of the industry submission, and for any questions regarding the submission or on any follow-up opportunities.

 
IN THIS UPDATE
 
 

ASEAN
Deep tech in Southeast Asia
A glimpse of the Asean ICT landscape
ASEAN sees fast growth in e-commerce, says ASOCIO chairman
Asean countries to establish framework for cybersecurity collaboration
Asean framework on cyber security in the works
ASEAN Member States Agree to Strengthen Cyber Coordination and Capacity-Building Efforts

Brunei
'Local organisations need vastly improved cybersecurity'
Brunei introduces hotline to address fake news on social media

Indonesia
Indonesia Must Improve Internet Infrastructure to Boost Online Sales of Consumer Goods: Nielsen
New Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Pose Emerging Cybersecurity Threat: McAfee
Indonesian government to hold weekly 'fake news' briefings
China Goes for Broke in Indonesian E-Commerce
E-commerce could widen Indonesia's trade-current deficit and hurt the rupiah, analysts warn
Indonesian authorities taking on aggressive Chinese online lenders
Ministry prepares new ride-hailing regulation

Malaysia
MCMC to have new chairman, expected to shake up telecoms sector

Myanmar
MIH unveils Myanmar’s fastest fibre-optic Internet
Interest in tech startups rises, but challenges remain in 4IR

Philippines
Philippines migrates to Digital TV
Philippines feels the heat from hackers
Constant 'relearning,' non-routine abilities key to future job security – PIDS
Rural banks, microfinance go digital for expansion
Cryptocurrency exchanges resort to irregular practices for demand

Singapore
Exploited server in SingHealth cyber attack did not get security update for 14 months, COI finds
COI for SingHealth cyberattack: IT gaps, staff missteps contributed to incident, says Solicitor-General
SMU launches AI research centre; will look at ethics and impact on Singapore’s workforce
Singapore Warns Against Bitcoin Scammers Using Premier's Name
Singapore to offer bug bounty, set up Asean cybersecurity centre
New regional cyber security centre to boost defence against online threats
Singapore rolls out unified payment QR code SGQR in latest cashless push
Singapore start-ups get help finding partners with new online platform

Thailand
Blockchain to empower Thailand’s FSI
Paving the way to digital ID
Thailand's digital ID bill receives mixed reviews
Transforming how governance is done
Mixed reactions to Digital ID draft law
Asean cybersecurity centre opens in Bangkok

Vietnam
Vietnam boasts great ICT development potentials, says deputy MIC minister
Hanoi to play iconic role in Vietnam smart city development
Vietnam’s top IT firms top $16 billion in turnover
Minister wants to develop made-in-Vietnam social media
SIM card market heats up as conversion nears
More banks provide e-tax payment service
Vietnamese MIC raises a flat ASEAN initiative at WEF

 
ARTICLE CLIPS
 
 
ASEAN

Deep tech in Southeast Asia The ASEAN Post 24th Sep 2018
Technology today is widely associated with the digital realm - computers, the internet, mobile device, and smartphones, - just to name a few, which has seen the mushrooming of a myriad of tech startups. However, technological innovation may not translate to definite technological progress.

A glimpse of the Asean ICT landscape Manila Standard 23rd Sep 2018
Information and communications technology has come a long way in support of small and medium enterprises in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. With the shift of the region towards a digital economy, various technologies, government policies and support mechanisms are becoming more accessible for SMEs. One such initiative that helps make this possible is the Asean ICT Masterplan 2020 that aims to promote digitalization through policy innovations, awareness raising and enabling electronic and other better modes of transactions and payments for SMEs.

ASEAN sees fast growth in e-commerce, says ASOCIO chairman DIGITIMES 21st Sep 2018
The ASEAN market sees fast growth in e-commerce, with total transaction value increasing by about 20% annually, according to ASOCIO (Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization) chairman David Wong Nan Fay. Wong, who is also founder and CEO of Malaysia-based logistics service provider SnT Global, was speaking to Digitimes on the sidelines of the ASOCIO Smart City Summit 2018 that took place in Hanoi, Vietnam, during September 18-19.

Asean countries to establish framework for cybersecurity collaboration ZDNet 20th Sep 2018
The 10 Asean member states have agreed on the need for a formal framework to coordinate cybersecurity efforts across the region, outlining cyber diplomacy, policy, and operational issues.

Asean framework on cyber security in the works The Straits Times 20th Sep 2018
Asean will work towards a rules-based international framework on cyber security, and Singapore will continue to lead efforts to bolster the region's cyber defences, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran. Chairing the Asean Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC) yesterday, Mr Iswaran, who is also Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security, said all 10 Asean states agree that this rules-based approach would give the region confidence to better deal with cyberthreats.

ASEAN Member States Agree to Strengthen Cyber Coordination and Capacity-Building Efforts Cyber Security Agency 19th Sep 2018
The third ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC) was convened today as part of the Singapore International Cyber Week 2018. Chaired by Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security, Mr S Iswaran, AMCC was attended by Ministers and Senior Officials responsible for Cybersecurity and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) from all 10 ASEAN Member States, including ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi.

Brunei

'Local organisations need vastly improved cybersecurity' The Scoop 26th Sep 2018
Local companies must be better aware of their vulnerability to cyberattacks, said the head of the Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT). 

Brunei introduces hotline to address fake news on social media Xinhua 25th Sep 2018
People in Brunei are now encouraged to channel fake or malicious information circulated on social media to a hotline, according to the Brunei government on Tuesday.

Indonesia

Indonesia Must Improve Internet Infrastructure to Boost Online Sales of Consumer Goods: Nielsen Jakarta Globe 27th Sep 2018
The growth of e-commerce is set to increase sales of fast-moving consumer goods across the globe, according to a new report by Nielsen Company released earlier this week, but Indonesia must increase investment in internet infrastructure to seize the potential. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

New Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Pose Emerging Cybersecurity Threat: McAfee Jakarta Globe 26th Sep 2018
New malware designed to exploit software vulnerability similar to last year's WannaCry cyberattack is on the rise, along with an increase in cryptocurrency mining malware, are posing an emerging cybersecurity threat, a new report showed on Tuesday (25/09).

Indonesian government to hold weekly 'fake news' briefings the Guardian 26th Sep 2018
Indonesia’s communications ministry has announced plans to hold weekly briefings on fake news, in an effort to educate the public about the spread of disinformation in the world’s third-largest democracy.

China Goes for Broke in Indonesian E-Commerce Bloomberg 24th Sep 2018
China’s deep-pocketed internet giants are fighting a turf war in Indonesia, where e-commerce sales could surpass India’s as soon as 2020. The only problem is that there’s almost no path to profitability.

E-commerce could widen Indonesia's trade-current deficit and hurt the rupiah, analysts warn The Business Times 24th Sep 2018
E-commerce, coupled with fuel subsidies, could be driving Indonesia’s widening trade and current account deficit, a research team from Maybank Kim Eng has said. The analysts warned that it may be difficult to rein these forces in. With a surge in cross-border business-to-consumer Web sales, the fear is that consumer demand can drive up imports even as companies fail to raise exports.

Indonesian authorities taking on aggressive Chinese online lenders DealStreetAsia 24th Sep 2018
Indonesian authorities have generally opened their arms to fintech companies offering online loans in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, viewing them as a way of getting credit to tens of millions of people often unable to access bank lending. But the arrival of a wave of predominantly Chinese fintech lenders, who often do not register and employ aggressive debt collection practices, is now alarming regulators. For Chinese platforms, Indonesia’s youthful market of over 260 million people is an attractive target, particularly after a crackdown on the loosely regulated micro-credit sector at home.

Ministry prepares new ride-hailing regulation The Jakarta Post 16th Sep 2018
The Transportation Ministry is preparing a regulation on ride-hailing apps after the Supreme Court’s ordered the ministry to revoke Ministerial Regulation No. 108/2017 on non-route public transportation services.

Malaysia

MCMC to have new chairman, expected to shake up telecoms sector The Star Online 18th Sep 2018
Low-key corporate executive Al-Ishsal Ishak is the next chairman of the Malaysian Commission for Multimedia and Communications (MCMC).

Myanmar

MIH unveils Myanmar’s fastest fibre-optic Internet The Nation 24th Sep 2018
Service provider Myanmar Information Highway (MIH) has introduced the country’s fastest fibre-optic Internet broadband for business, with 100-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network capacity, covering 23 townships and major buildings in Yangon. Managing director Sunti Medhavikul said communication infrastructure was one of the keys to businesses success in the digital era.

Interest in tech startups rises, but challenges remain in 4IR The Myanmar Times 17th Sep 2018
Myanmar will invest in developing its human capital to keep up in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said at the World Economic Forum for Asean in Hanoi last week. But while support for upcoming entrepreneurs and start-ups in Myanmar is rising, there are still major hurdles blocking the sector from achieving its potential.

Philippines

Philippines migrates to Digital TV OpenGov 24th Sep 2018
Digital TV Awareness Seminars are being held around major island groups covering topic such as policy and regulatory interventions, frequency spectrum assignment and antenna technologies. The promotion is part of the Public Communications Strategies of the Department.

Philippines feels the heat from hackers The ASEAN Post 24th Sep 2018
Among all ASEAN member countries, the Philippines is said to be the most susceptible to cyberattacks. Despite the dire warnings, the republic’s media and entertainment giant ABS-CBN still fell victim to a hack recently. The company took down two of its online stores and admitted that sensitive personal data of 213 customers of the ABS-CBN store (store.abs-cbn.com) and UAAP store (uaapstore.com) may have been exposed to attackers.

Constant 'relearning,' non-routine abilities key to future job security – PIDS Rappler 24th Sep 2018
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the government’s primary socioeconomic policy think tank, has released an extensive study on how the emergent technologies of today are changing the landscape of work due to their disruptive nature. The study, called “Preparing the Philippines for the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Scoping Study,” enumerates all these emergent technologies that embody the fourth industrial revolution – artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, data analytics, blockchain, cloud technology, to name some – and discusses what they are, their benefits to society, but also the potential disruptions they may cause.

Rural banks, microfinance go digital for expansion BusinessWorld 20th Sep 2018
Small banks and microfinance organizations in the Philippines are slowly moving into digital technology as they pursue operational efficiencies while seeking to offer more services to the unbanked and underserved portion of the country’s over 100 million population. Investments in digital technology, such as cloud-based systems, can instantly bear fruit for the microfinance sector as their revenues increase with wider reach and higher volume of transactions.

Cryptocurrency exchanges resort to irregular practices for demand BusinessWorld 13th Sep 2018
WITH digital-currency trading volume having plunged, some of the biggest crypto exchanges are turning to unorthodox practices to boost activity and win market share. Bitfinex, FCoin and OKex are encouraging startups to drive depositors to their online-trading platforms to get coins listed. Other exchanges, such as Binance and KuCoin, are embracing listing fees that can differ by project. Many exchanges are also rolling out their own “native coins,” which traders then use to vote on potential listings.

Singapore

Exploited server in SingHealth cyber attack did not get security update for 14 months, COI finds The Straits Times 27th Sep 2018
A server exploited by hackers to ultimately reach SingHealth's critical system, leading to Singapore's worst data breach in June, had not received the necessary security software updates for more than a year.

COI for SingHealth cyberattack: IT gaps, staff missteps contributed to incident, says Solicitor-General Channel NewsAsia 27th Sep 2018
A series of gaps in SingHealth’s mission-critical IT systems and staff missteps contributed to Singapore’s most serious breach of personal data that happened in June this year, according to Solicitor-General Kwek Mean Luck on Friday (Sep 21).

SMU launches AI research centre; will look at ethics and impact on Singapore’s workforce Channel NewsAsia 24th Sep 2018
The Singapore Management University (SMU) on Monday (Sep 24) launched its new Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Governance, which will look at how the technology will have an impact on Singapore’s workforce and issues involving driverless vehicles, among other things.

Singapore Warns Against Bitcoin Scammers Using Premier's Name Bloomberg 22nd Sep 2018
Bitcoin fraudsters are misusing the names of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his deputy Tharman Shanmugaratnam to tout investments, prompting a warning from the premier. “Scammers have used DPM Tharman’s and my name to solicit Bitcoin investments,” Lee said in a tweet on Saturday evening. “Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet!”

Singapore to offer bug bounty, set up Asean cybersecurity centre ZDNet 21st Sep 2018
The Singapore government has announced plans to launch a bug bounty programme by year-end as well as a cybersecurity hub to coordinate training and collaborative efforts amongst Asean country members. The bug bounty initiative aimed to identify "cyber blindspots" and benchmark the government's defences against cyberattacks, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, at the annual Singapore International Cyber Week conference this week.

New regional cyber security centre to boost defence against online threats The Straits Times 18th Sep 2018
With cyber attacks mounting, Singapore is expanding its programme to deepen Asean's cyber capabilities and enhance the region's ability to respond to emerging global cyberthreats. Singapore will set up an Asean-Singapore Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence to strengthen Asean members' cyber strategy development, legislation and research capabilities.

Singapore rolls out unified payment QR code SGQR in latest cashless push Channel NewsAsia 18th Sep 2018
A single QR code that is compatible with as many as 27 e-payment solutions was rolled out on Monday (Sep 17), marking the latest step in Singapore's push towards cashless payments. .

Singapore start-ups get help finding partners with new online platform The Straits Times 17th Sep 2018
Start-ups, incubators and accelerators, and investors can now find and connect with one another through an online portal called the Startup SG Network, the latest addition to Singapore's Startup SG initiatives, Enterprise Singapore announced on Monday (Sept 17).

Thailand

Blockchain to empower Thailand’s FSI OpenGov 27th Sep 2018
According to a recent report major banking group in Thailand has become the of the country’s financial institutions to join the blockchain pilot programme of a major American multinational financial services corporation, called B2B Connect. B2B Connect is a blockchain based cross-border payment platform. The corporation that created it envisions a system that offers three key capabilities. Firstly, transparency by providing real-time notification and finality of payment for banks and their clients. Secondly, security as a result of cryptographically linked transactions provides an immutable record. And finally, trust as all parties are known and will work on a private blockchain.

Paving the way to digital ID Bangkok Post 24th Sep 2018
Although it could be a boon for Thailand's digital transformation, a draft law allowing government agencies to collect citizens' digital ID has provoked concerns over data security and personal privacy, suggesting the act may be more of a curse than a blessing.

Thailand's digital ID bill receives mixed reviews International Association of Privacy Professionals 24th Sep 2018
Thailand’s Digital Identification Bill, which was recently approved by the Cabinet and is expected to be passed by the National Legislative Assembly, has raised concerns for some cyber professionals, The Nation reports. The proposed law would establish a National Digital Identification company to build a technology platform to authenticate digital IDs. While some say it would establish regulations for online ID authentication, which could strengthen cybersecurity, others worry that the collection of personal biometric information managed under a government portal could pose privacy violations. Cyber Lawyer Paiboon Amonpinyokeat said, “The principle of taking care of people’s digital ID should be tied up with the Personal Data Protection Bill.”

Transforming how governance is done Bangkok Post 19th Sep 2018
An open digital governance system, one of the main initiatives in Thailand's digital transformation, entails three core concepts -- paperless, cashless and e-payment -- that are scheduled to begin implementation by the end of this year.

Mixed reactions to Digital ID draft law The Nation 16th Sep 2018
Cyber experts are weighing the pros and cons of a draft law about digital identification that will allow government agencies to collect citizens’ digital ID. Some pointed to the benefits of the proposed new legislation for both the digital economy and society while others voiced concern over security and privacy issues.

Asean cybersecurity centre opens in Bangkok Bangkok Post 14th Sep 2018
A cybersecurity centre opened in Thailand on Friday to train personnel from Asean countries to help combat cyber threats in the attack-prone region. The idea of the Asean-Japan Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre came from a meeting between Asean and Japan's ministers in Cambodia last year. About 700 cybersecurity personnel from Southeast Asia are expected to graduate from the Japan-designed programmes, which include cyber defence, digital forensics and malware analysis.

Vietnam

Vietnam boasts great ICT development potentials, says deputy MIC minister DIGITIMES 21st Sep 2018
Vietnam has a population of near 100 million and there are over 70 million handset and Internet users, providing a good foundation for stable development of the country's information and communications technology (ICT) industry, according to Phan Tam, deputy minister of Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC).

Hanoi to play iconic role in Vietnam smart city development DIGITIMES 19th Sep 2018
Vietnam is a young country with more and more people ready to swarm into urban areas, and Hanoi will become an iconic place for promoting the country's overall smart city projects highlighting energy resources, water resources and transportation, Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee, said when opening the ASOCIO Smart City Forum 2018 on September 18 for a three-day run in the capital city.

Vietnam’s top IT firms top $16 billion in turnover VnExpress International 18th Sep 2018
The association (VINASA) released the figures on Monday along with the ranking of top 50 IT firms this year and top 10 companies with 4.0 technology capabilities. There are 53 honorees in these two groups and their total turnover reached more than $16 billion, accounting for 35.5 percent of the country's total software, digital content and IT services revenues last year.

Minister wants to develop made-in-Vietnam social media VietNamNet 18th Sep 2018
Vietnam needs a digital ecosystem with focus on made-in-Vietnam social media instead of foreign owned players such as Facebook and Google. The breakthrough targets in the 4.0 era were highlighted in a speech made by Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung at a working session with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 8.

SIM card market heats up as conversion nears VietNamNet 18th Sep 2018
The prices of 11-digit SIM cards are surging as buyers seek to obtain phone numbers that will contain lucky numbers when tens of millions of 11-digit subscribers are switched to a 10-digit format, starting from today. The Ministry of Information and Communications and Vietnamese mobile operators have created a mobile phone prefix division. Specifically, the 11-digit mobile phone numbers of VinaPhone will be converted to a 10-digit mobile number with the prefix “08,” while the 11-digit numbers of MobiFone and Viettel will use the prefix “03” and “07,” respectively.

More banks provide e-tax payment service Viet Nam News 17th Sep 2018
The General Department of Customs (GDC) announced another four banks that qualify to provide its 24/7 e-tax payment scheme, raising the total to 22 banks. The four banks are Shinhan Vietnam, PG Bank, SHB and HSBC Vietnam. They will implement the service from September 20.

Vietnamese MIC raises a flat ASEAN initiative at WEF Viet Nam News 13th Sep 2018
Vietnamese Acting Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng said today that Việt Nam as an emerging economy would be able to take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution, even though the country missed the first three. “The future does not depend on the past in this new era. Developing countries have fewer facilities from the previous revolutions, but they have fewer burdens and can move faster,” he said while attending a co-chairs meeting organised within the framework of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, taking place in Hà Nội from September 11-13.