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Top 10 ASEAN stories of 2017

ASEAN countries have been forerunners in driving digital transformation through various smart city initiatives and industry transformation roadmaps

There has never been a better time to live and work in ASEAN, a fast-growing economic powerhouse with a young, tech-savvy population that lives and breathes technology.

Led by governments and a handful of technology suppliers, countries across the region have been forerunners in driving digital transformation through smart city initiatives and industry transformation roadmaps. The goal is to lift living standards, create well-paid jobs and position their countries as leaders in the digital age.

In this review of the top 10 Computer Weekly articles focused on IT in ASEAN, we look at what countries across the region are doing to drive adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT), raise their cyber security capabilities amid growing cyber threats, and draw more women into the IT industry.

Top 10 ASEAN IT stories of 2017

1. What it takes for the internet of things to take off in ASEAN

Besides lowering adoption costs, an ecosystem of governments, technology suppliers and telcos is necessary for the internet of things to flourish in Southeast Asia.

2. Malaysia’s Cyberjaya to get smart city boost

Tipped as Malaysia’s Silicon Valley, the Cyberjaya township will pilot a slew of smart city projects, including e-payments and mobile bus ticketing.

3. Singapore taps AI in industry transformation

City-state will develop a national corpus of audio and text files that will enable applications such as chatbots to understand local accents, among a raft of measures to boost artificial intelligence adoption.

4. Malaysia partners Huawei in cyber security

A joint steering committee will meet twice a year to address cyber security issues, among other measures to shore up Malaysia’s cyber security capabilities.

5. Personal data of 46.2 million Malaysia mobile subscribers leaked

The massive data breach is yet another example of a ‘low and slow’ attack that stays dormant inside networks for years, without anyone noticing.

6. Singapore’s public sector finds agility and speed in AWS

City-state’s government has been able to meet peak demands and address security issues through a cloud-based web-hosting platform powered by Amazon Web Services.

7. Thailand’s Ascend Money eyes regional mobile payments market

Ascend Money’s TrueMoney Wallet service will be rolled out in five other Southeast Asian countries that offer growth opportunities, albeit in a highly fragmented market.

8. ASEAN CIOs to spend more on digital transformation

Data analytics, internet of things and cyber security are some of the areas that have the most potential to transform businesses in the ASEAN region.

9. From chemistry researcher to IT luminary

Inspired by the potential of technology to change the world, Chong Yoke Sin went from calculating the strength of molecular bonds to driving one of Singapore’s biggest IT initiatives.

10. Malaysian women making their mark in IT

There is no limit to what women can achieve in Malaysia’s IT industry, as a small but growing group of prominent women IT leaders in the country has found.

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