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Thailand’s social media serial killer

We’ve written about it time and time again. While it is undeniably exciting that the world is witnessing technological advancements at a rate never before seen in the past, there are real dangers associated to these developments as well.

19 December 2019

Elderly are biggest spreaders of fake news

Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Minister, Buddhipongse Punnakanta revealed recently that about 500,000 items of suspected fake news were spread on social media over the past month alone. The biggest culprits? The country’s elderly.Buddhipongse said that it was the ministry’s anti-fake news centre that detected the approximately half a million items of possible fake news.

5 December 2019

Indonesia has a fake news problem

On 26 September, Indonesia was hit with yet another deadly earthquake, killing 37 people and damaging more than 6,000 houses. The country is one of the most disaster-prone in Southeast Asia and the world. Two weeks after the earthquake, however, news reports began emerging that Indonesians were still holed up in shelters. The reason?

19 November 2019

Vietnam’s youth need to upskill

Generation Z (Gen Z) is entering the workforce and business leaders must stay ahead to harness this new wave’s talents and appeal to their interests. According to McKinsey, Gen Z is the cohort born between 1995 and 2010, and are currently between the ages of nine and 24-years old.According to a 2018 article by Nielsen on ‘How to engage with Generation Z in Vietnam,’ by 2025, Gen Z will account for 25 percent of the labour workforce in Vietnam.

15 October 2019

Cyber warfare in Vietnam

Vietnam’s growing reputation for cyber espionage has seen cybersecurity firms accuse the country’s state-sanctioned hackers of being responsible for attacks on everything from Toyota to the ASEAN Secretariat.While China, Russia, Iran and North Korea have long been the world’s most active state-sanctioned cyber espionage players, Vietnam is increasingly being implicated for similar activities.Vietnam was the fourth biggest source of credential stuffing last year – a sophisticated strike where

4 October 2019

Are Malaysian teens aware of fake news?

Generation Z (Gen Z) is the first cohort to have Internet technology readily available at a young age and they are inherently tech-savvy. Some of these digital natives are now self-made social media stars, online entrepreneurs and tech experts.

3 October 2019

Critics sound alarm over Singapore’s ‘fake news’ law

Singapore's new law to combat "fake news" came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a "chilling" attempt to stifle dissent.The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down.Facebook, Twitter and Google - who have their Asian headquarters in Singapore - were given temporary exemptions fr

3 October 2019

Thai model death casts spotlight on murky industry

Thai police investigating a model's unexplained death were hunting for more suspects in a case that has captivated the country and sparked rare outrage over the treatment of women in a poorly understood sector of the entertainment industry.The body of model-for-hire Thitima Noraphanpiphat was found in the lobby of a Bangkok apartment block on 17 September, hours after she attended a party where she was paid to serve drinks.Police are working to press charges against anyone tied to the &q

30 September 2019

Online influencers changing the beauty industry

The global beauty industry is estimated to be worth US$532 billion and Asia-Pacific is the largest and among the fastest-growing markets for it. According to a 2018 report by Euromonitor on ‘Trends in Asian beauty and personal care,’ the region represents 32 percent of the global market and is expected to grow another 6.7 percent over the next five years.In Southeast Asia, more shoppers are buying online which is reflected in a 2018 report by Google and Temasek.

20 September 2019

Fake news a big worry for ASEAN millennials

Fake news is the biggest concern for millennials in ASEAN when consuming online content, and their reliance on social media is only making matters worse.International communications consultants Ruder Finn surveyed 1,648 people between the ages of 18 to 35 in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam recently, and the research offers valuable insight into consumer preferences across the region with regards to online content.An even mix of male and female participant

19 September 2019

Golf goes hi-tech in ASEAN

A new wave of technology is helping to change the face of golf across Southeast Asia and the rest of the world.From sensors embedded in golf gloves that record swing paths to drones which are helping to map golf courses, new technologies are increasingly finding its way into ASEAN’s market of two million golfers and helping to provide the sport a wider reach.There are 1,120 golf courses scattered across ASEAN.

2 September 2019

Google says YouTube targeted Hong Kong protests

Google on Thursday said it disabled a series of YouTube channels that appeared to be part of a coordinated influence campaign against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.The announcement by YouTube's parent company came after Twitter and Facebook accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong's protest movement and sow political discord in the city.Google disabled 210 YouTube channels that it found behaved in a coordinated manner while uploa

23 August 2019