IEEE Global Internet Policy Monitor

Global Internet Policy Monitor

13 June 2018 — A large amount of sensitive US military data was stolen by the Chinese Ministry of State Security. The data taken included information on a missile programme. An investigation into the cyberattack is now being undertaken by the FBI.

A new cybersecurity law has been introduced by Vietnam that will give the Government greater control over online content. The law also means that larger tech companies, such as Facebook, will have to store personal data on Vietnamese people within the country.


6 June 2018 — The Japanese Government have published an outline of its next cybersecurity strategy which seeks to improve Japan’s national infrastructure and encourage industry to invest more in cybersecurity for ‘business operations, risk management and innovation.’

S Iswaran, the Singaporean Minister of Communications and Information has announced a new framework to deal with fake news and online scams in Singapore. The common framework will guide the public and create consistency in messaging and communications…


30 May 2018China has announced that more than $17.2 billion will be allocated by 2020 to reform their manufacturing sector with new technologies and for higher education, creating 137 universities to produce quality talent that can turn China into a technology powerhouse by 2035.

According the Chen Yin, the Chief Engineer at China’s top industry regulator the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, announced that China will speed up their three-year plan to boost industrial cybersecurity as it becomes more of a high priority for the country…


23 May 2018 — The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India have asked all telecom operators to file all tariffs offered to consumers on a beta version of their online tariff filling portal, so consumers can see and compare all service providers.

Indian companies are struggling to make their businesses compliant with the upcoming European privacy laws which come into effect this week on 25th May. According to data by professional services company EY only a mere 13% of firms have an adequate plan in place to comply with General Data Protection Regulation…


16 May 2018 — The Association of Southeastern Asian Nations, a regional intergovernmental organization comprising of ten Southeast Asian countries including Singapore and Thailand, have vouched to combat fake news by creating a joint framework to share ideas and solutions to tackle the issue. 

Hong Kong, central bankers, Government officials and regulators have vouched to regulate the financial technology space across Asia to limit the amount of illicit money flows...


9 May 2018 — It has been announced that the 2018 World Robot Conference will be held in Beijing. During the conference a major robot competition will take place which will see more than 12,000 teams competing from ten different countries.

Indonesia have historically struggled in keeping accurate data records and are now looking at using blockchain technology, a growing list of records called blocks which are linked and secured using cryptography to overcome these problems…


2 May 2018 — Messaging app Telegram has been banned in Iran after It was deemed a ‘national security concern’ by the Iranian Government.

According to Li Kaifu, CEO of technology investment firm Sinovation Ventures, China is likely to overtake the United States in several key areas of artificial intelligence in the next five years…


25 April 2018China has gained an international lead on 5G mobile technology after the country announced it would commercialise the service in 2019, a year ahead of its previous schedule.

A new report indicates that the tiny fraction of North Korea’s ruling class that have access to the internet have recently abandoned western websites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Google for Chinese site, such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu to ‘cloak their internet activity.’…


18 April 2018 — The United Kingdom and Singapore have signed a memorandum of cooperation to enhance their commitment to cybersecurity cooperation and teamwork.

According to a new study by CTIA, a trade association which represents the wireless communication industry, has found that China is ahead of South Korea and the United States in the race to develop 5G mobile technology


11 April 2018 — An IDC brief has revealed that Singapore leads amongst APAC countries in issuing the toughest penalties on breaches of data. Japan, India and Thailand were amongst the lowest.

A reminder on vigiliance against cyberattacks has been issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, amidst a series of growing attacks across the globe. The MAS has been working with financial firms to deepen their cybersecurity...


4 April 2018 — An Anti-Fake News Bill has passed the policy stage in the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia. The Bill seeks to stop the spread of fake news by threatening those who spread fake news with six years in prison.

According to Software company, Symanteccybersecurity threats have worsened in Thailand in 2017 compared to 2016, as more devices were connected and the country took more interest in cryptocurrency and exchanges…


28 March 2018China has announced that they are likely to license fifth generation mobile technology to telecom carriers by the second half of 2019.

During an inaugural ASEAN-Australia Summit, Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to cooperate closer on issues such as cybersecurity


21 March 2018 — In China this week, some concerns have been expressed about the increasing use of digital technology by the Chinese government, arguing that cloud technology could be used to monitor the actions of citizens.

Sri Lankan officials have announced that the ban on social media networks Facebook and WhatsApp has been lifted after it was initially blocked to stop the spread of violence…


14 March 2018China is leading the way in 5G mobile technology, it occupies 32% of the world’s 5G standard contribution and has led approximately 40% of the 5G standardisation research items in 3GPP.

Harin Fernando, the Telecommunication Minister in Sri Lanka has announced the ban on social media networks Facebook and WhatsApp will be lifted ‘soon’, after it was initially blocked to stop the spread of violence…