Report: Asean not spending enough on cybersecurity

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Although awareness of digital attacks is high, Asean countries including Malaysia are not spending enough on cybersecurity, a global consulting firm says.

In a report released on Tuesday, AT Kearney said in 2017, Asean countries collectively spent only 0.06% of their GDP, or US$1.9 billion (RM7.4 billion), on cybersecurity.

This was in contrast to the global average of 0.13%.

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The Cooler Lumpur Festival — Some Notes from the Digital Democracy

Taken from The Cooler Lumpur Festival Facebook page

Our whole lives are essentially governed by five tech giants: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple. This is a dependency that will only grow. These are digital tentacles that are set to become, with each and every passing day, more pervasive in our everyday. In many ways, this modern capitalist construct runs in contrary to our notions of freedom and self-governance. This panel will take a look at the impact that our casual dalliances with technology will have on our fragile notion of democracy.

Speakers: Jeff Stein, Eva Horn, Matt Armitage
Moderator: Melisa Idris

Admission is FREE but pre-registration is required:

Feeding the hungry with Robin Food, an app by four Malaysian teens

Source: Asian Correspondent

Image via YouTube

THE United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that every year, some 1.3 billion tonnes of food are either lost or wasted, and that’s one-third of the world’s total annual consumption.

If the statistic doesn’t already turn your stomach, here’s another fact that will: The organisation also says that one in nine people (about 795 million of the world’s 7.3 billion populace) were suffering from chronic undernourishment between 2014 and 2016.

But a team of enterprising Malaysian teenagers have come up with a novel way to address the issue, using existing technology and a device that more than one-fifth of the world already use – the smartphone.

Introducing Robin Food, a food surplus mobile application that connects supermarkets with non-governmental and charitable organisations to help reduce food wastage and feed the hungry.

Like its name suggests, Robin Food is inspired by the heroic ideal of taking from the rich to feed the poor, as per the famous English folklore “Robin Hood”.

According to its creators – Joseph Chung Ming Chong, 14, Allegra Chan, 16, Ezra Adrian Robert, 15, and Ivan Avannus, 15, – Robin Food enables supermarkets and other corporations like hotels or mini-markets or even generous individuals to donate surplus food stocks to the needy with just a few screen taps.

Interested donors can use the application to inform food banks of the availability of access food at their premises and then arrange for a collection within minutes. Ultimately, it eliminates the tedious task of finding the best organisation to donate to and then seeking ways to get in touch with them, or on the reverse side, it also makes it easier for food banks in search of reliable donors.

The app, bankrolled by Malaysia-based multinational conglomerate Sime Darby Berhad, was the winning entry in this year’s Young Innovators challenge. It was launched on Dec 15 and is available for download in the Klang Valley across the Android and iOS smartphone platforms. Read more

Microsoft-powered crowdfunding portal to aid human trafficking victims

Source: Digital News Asia

  • Public can support cause, victims assured of protection and privacy
  • ‘6Degree is about connecting individual users with individual human stories’


MICROSOFT Corp and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have announced the launch of, a crowdfunding portal that would enable the public to directly support the voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of individual human trafficking victims.

Backed by the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing platform, 6Degree was developed by IOM’s human trafficking awareness campaign, IOM X, which is carried out with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and working in collaboration with independent software vendor AvePoint, Microsoft said in a statement.

According to UN estimates, 20.9 million men, women and children are victims of human trafficking and exploitation worldwide. Read more