IEEE Global Internet Policy Monitor

Global Internet Policy Monitor

5 September 2018 — The Chinese President Xi Jinping has said the internet must be ‘clean and righteous’ and free of ‘vulgar’ content at a time when the country is significantly tightening its control over the web.

Singapore launched two new initiatives, ‘AI for Everyone Programme’ and the ‘national artificial intelligence (AI) initiative’ which seek to help adults and school students as young as 13 years old become more familiar with AI and gain necessary skills for the job market…


23 August 2018 — Amidst a clamp down on online content on livestreams, blogs and mobile gaming, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that the internet must be ‘clean and righteous’. China shut as many as 128,000 websites that contained ‘obscene and other harmful’ information in 2017 as it seeks to maintain its grip over the internet which is popular with China’s youth.

The European Commission consider that social media companies have not done enough to remove illegal and terrorist content from their platforms in a three-month reporting period and will seek to levy harsh fines if content is not removed within an hour…


8 August 2018 — Internet giant Google have announced plans to launch a new version of its search engine that will block certain websites and search terms in China.

According to a report by Deloitte, China is winning the race against the United States to build fifth generation mobile networks, 5G. Compared to the US, China currently has ten more sites that support 5G communication...


25 July 2018 — According to Le Thi Thu Hang, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam said the country’s new cybersecurity law will create a ‘safe and healthy cyberspace’ and protect rights online. However, critics argue it grants the government more power to ‘crackdown on dissent.’

The Singaporean Government have announced that the biggest ever cyber-attack has seen the personal information of 1.5 million people stolen and the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was also targeted. The data stolen includes names, NRIC numbers, addressees, gender, race and date of birth…


11 July 2018 — Nepal is consulting with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to assess whether they should introduce a regulatory framework to make the delivery of the internet and data services fairer. They are considering a ‘net neutrality’ policy which will regulate the way internet service providers deliver services in terms of speed-based discrimination and the pricing of internet traffic.

The United States Treasury Department is drafting legislation to limit the amount of Chinese investment into U.S. technology firms. If put in place, this would block firms with 25% of Chinese Ownership from buying U.S. companies…


27 June 2018Nepal is consulting with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to assess whether they should introduce a regulatory framework to make the delivery of the internet and data services fairer. They are considering a ‘net neutrality’ policy which will regulate the way internet service providers deliver services in terms of speed-based discrimination and the pricing of internet traffic.

The United States Treasury Department is drafting legislation to limit the amount of Chinese investment into U.S. technology firms. If put in place, this would block firms with 25% of Chinese Ownership from buying U.S. companies…


20 June 2018 — The Indian Telecommunications Regulation Authority said net neutrality was a vital principle for an open internet. The Chairman of TRAI said, “it is important that the internet is kept as an open and non-discriminatory platform” and continues to be “an enabler of growth and innovation for countries like India.”

According to a new report, China has moved its target for launching 5G mobile technology connections to 2019 which means it could become the first 5g-ready country in the world. The report was commissioned by multinational professional services company EY who stated that ‘China is poised to win the 5G race’ in Beijing on June 13…


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…