Updated 6:11 pm PDT, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, photo, Associated Press video journalist Vineeta Deepak sits for a photograph in New Delhi, India. The Associated Press on Wednesday named Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia News Director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean. She will drive AP's multi-format reporting on the world's largest democracy as it exerts its influence abroad while grappling with rising nationalism and growing inequality at home. less In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, photo, Associated Press video journalist Vineeta Deepak sits for a photograph in New Delhi, India. The Associated Press on Wednesday named Deepak, an experienced video journalist ... more Photo: Manish Swarup, AP … [Read more...] about Vineeta Deepak to lead AP’s coverage of South Asia region
Artificial intelligence (AI) today is at the centre of the digital transformation of organisations, and tech giants told the Blognone Tomorrow tech event in Bangkok last week that they fully support their partners and customers benefiting from investing in AI. Organisations this year are investing heavily in AI and IoT, the conference heard. By 2019, predicted International Data Corporation (IDC), 40 per cent of digital transformation initiatives will be supported by AI and cognitive capabilities that provide timely, critical insights for new operating and monetisation models in this region. Tanapong Ittisakulchai, enterprise a partner group lead for Microsoft Thailand told participants that by 2021, product and services derived from digital transformation will also account for 40 per cent of Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP). “AI are influencing every industry including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, financial services, education, and even … [Read more...] about Asia the NEXT FRONTIER for AI dominance
Fake news is a problem, and it's growing both in reach and influence. Malaysia is fighting fake news by introducing a law to make it illegal, but experts say that new law is a dangerous one. Ostensibly to stop disinformation from influencing local politics, the country's lower house of parliament on Monday passed a bill, "Anti-Fake News Bill 2018," outlawing fake news, according to local media. It's expected to be approved by the senate this week.The bill makes not only the creating fake news illegal, but also sharing it. A Malaysian citizen could be punished, then, for simply retweeting fake news. If found guilty, Malaysians can be sentenced to prison for up to six years and fined up to 500,000 Malaysian ringgit (which roughly converts to $130,000). Plus, it's not a domestic law -- it applies to those outside the country who are responsible for fake news.If this sounds suspicious to you, you're not the only one. "This legislation is problematic on so many different levels," David … [Read more...] about Malaysian government using fake news law to crush freedom of speech
The law would outlaw fake news and anyone publishing or spreading it could face up to six years of prison and a fine of 500,000 ringgit (approximately $129,470). Reports deemed to be fake news could be subject to the law even if they are generated outside of Malaysia -- any reports found to affect the country or its citizens no matter where in the world they're written stand to be punishable. Further, the bill's wording is very broad, meaning the government would have a lot of leeway when it comes to prosecuting those who spread what it deems to be fake. "'Fake news' includes any news, information, data and reports, which is or are wholly or partly false, whether in the form of features, visuals or audio recordings or in any other form capable of suggesting words or ideas," states the bill.Those investigating the prime minister over the state investment fund include the US Department of Justice. Last month, the country's deputy minister for communications and multimedia said that any … [Read more...] about Malaysia is one step closer to outlawing fake news
Welcome back everyone to your very important, very normal cryptocurrency newsletter blog. I took a break because I got really sleepy and spent every dollar I have on cryptocurrency statues that then fell onto me, pinning my body to the ground. Disgraceful. As you can tell things are going great in cryptocurrency, with Bitcoin dropping below $7500, for reasons nobody knows, but don’t worry, it didn’t stop people from coming up with random reasons as to why. For example, Ethereum is thinking of charging fees for keeping data on the platform (?!) because apparently a decentralized platform needs that I guess. Maybe it’s like a mining fee. I don’t know. It’s all really confusingly written because most of these people write entirely for one very small audience to read. Crypto is good or bad CNBC’s at it again with some great coverage of cryptocurrency. It’s very good to hold – also, it’s very bad. If an investor didn’t hold stocks … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrency News March 29 – Hell!