DANICA CREAHAN WRITES – In response to Australia’s proposed legislation requiring both Facebook and Google to pay media companies for content that appears on their platforms, Facebook threatened to stop sharing local and international news in Australia. To be clear: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has begun drafting a…Full Article AUSTRALIA: THE TECH TITANS ON TOP OF THE WORLD DO BATTLE WITH DOWN UNDER
YI NING WONG WRITES — Google and Adobe recently launched a unified font, Noto Serif CJK, which provides support for simplified and traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The new font supports four different regional writing styles by automatically adjusting each character according to the keyboard language. This laborious creation requires…Full Article EAST ASIA: GOOGLE, ADOBE HOPE FOR THE WRITE STUFF WITH MASSIVE FONT PROJECT ‘NOTO SERIF CJK’
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES– With the second highest number of internet users in the world, the Indian government’s new flagship program, ‘Digital India,’ has potential to become a great success. With Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Silicon Valley in early September, hype over this new government initiative has wooed the CEOs…Full Article India: The Rusty Spark into the Digital Revolution
ALEX PARK WRITES – Google plays such an important part in today’s global society and it is our most used search engine. Countless numbers of people have Google accounts, which they use for things like email, social media and other websites and programs. It is terrifying to think that someone…Full Article MALAYSIA: Google Hacked?
MIRANDA PAK WRITES – Twitter, which has been blocked in China since 2009, opened an office in Hong Kong on March 10. Tweeting was blocked in China because officials were worried that citizens would use social media for their own benefit and plan large anti-government protests. Despite what many people think,…Full Article CHINA and HONG KONG: Tweeting to Target Overseas Ties
AMBER VERNETTI WRITES- The Festival of Media Asia Pacific (FOMAC), an event celebrating the accomplishments and new goals for the region’s media, took place this week from March 22-24 at the Capella Singapore, Sentosa. The festival gathered over 700 leaders of the region’s media from 22 countries and was a busy three…Full Article ASIA-AT-LARGE: 2015 Festival of Media Asia Pacific
ADRIAN NARAYAN WRITES –India has been a major candidate for a development that’s been in the works since its launch in the South Island of New Zealand in 2013. This innovative project is called Project Loon – a mission backed by Google that aspires to provide Internet access to rural…Full Article INDIA: The Lucrative Loopholes Behind the Loon
HUNTER POST WRITES – A member of the urban patrol of Changzhou has purchased a pair of Google glasses with the intent of increasing the transparency of his work. Jiang Yifan, a young officer, is a member of the Chengguan, a special branch of the police. It’s a combination of…Full Article CHINA: See Things Through the Chengguan’s Eyes
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – South Korea enjoys some of the world’s most advanced technology. In addition, the country enoys nearly ubiquitous and extremely fast broadband. Still, one thing keeps South Korea from realizing its full online potential: Heavy-handed government regulation. This may be about to change. In South Korea, the…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Overregulation of Technology Coming to an End?
ALEXANDRE GUIRAUD-CONTREAU WRITES – It was less than a year ago that Myanmar was celebrating the return of print media, but is seems that social media has already made these sources obsolete. With an increase in freedom and an opening of the trade market, the population in Myanmar has been…Full Article MYANMAR: A News Revolution but Social Media Takes the Lead
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES -Simple lack of Internet access is one of the biggest obstacles to solving some of North Korea’s myriad woes. The hermit state has a computer network of its own, but citizens can only access those sites the government has OK’d. Further, the nation’s computers are designed to…Full Article NORTH KOREA: One Click from the Internet
ALEXANDRE GUIRAUD WRITES- In this time of drastic change in Myanmar’s media structure, many companies are trying to help the development of the country by gaining a new market. One of the most recent people to do so was Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, who traveled to Myanmar to promote…Full Article MYANMAR: Entering a Dangerous Period?
(This is written by new staff writer Gabriella Castro — welcome aboard, Ms. Castro!) — It seems no person, or company, is free from the lèse-majesté laws of Thailand. Google recently released its transparency report for 2012, giving the public a look into what governments around the world are trying…Full Article THAILAND: Critique Me Not
In a recent article, Singapore’s Today Online reported that the tiny city-state is a giant in cyberspace, and touts the title of spending the most time online of all Southeast Asian states, with an average of 25 hours a week! And with 77% of their population on Facebook, Singapore &…Full Article SINGAPORE: Online Advertising Proves Most Effective for High-Tech Singapore
Chinese Netizens are blocked from using Facebook. What else is new? But now there is another (albeit less popular) American social networking website that the Great Firewall does not block: Google+. Ever since February 20, 2012, the Chinese government lifted its censorship of Google+. Ever since, Chinese Netizens have been…Full Article CHINA BLOG BLOTTER: Netizens Noodle Around Obama