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Myanmar Switch to Unicode to Take Two Years: App Developer

Long before the October 1 switch from the Zawgyi font to Unicode in Myanmar, technology experts expected the move to generate some resistance from users. While the change is aimed at expanding communications and enabling greater compatibility with the rest of the world, the process of switching to the new system was expected to bring teething […]

Myanmar holds its first blockchain roundtable

Last week Facebook released the whitepaper for its new cryptocurrency Libra, attempting to link its social media platform with a blockchain payment ecosystem. There are some 2.6 billion Facebook users around the world, and almost 20 million in Myanmar – that’s a lot of potential cryptocurrency users. With these astonishing numbers in mind, and with […]

Ooredoo Myanmar and GSMA team up with Facebook for digital literacy

The Myanma outpost of Qatari telco Ooredoo has teamed up with GSMA and Facebook to increase digital literacy in the country, the trio announced on Tuesday. Inside Ooredoo stores, Myanma first-time internet users will be able to access “internet education materials” in a bid to increase digital literacy. Approximately 21 million of Myanmar’s 54 million […]

Beware of crowding pigeons and stray dogs in urban Yangon

Myanmar people are kind by nature and we have heartfelt pity on other living things. If someone were to say this sympathetic nature is engendering the dangers caused by pigeons and dogs on the streets of Yangon, animal lovers will be quick to provide a stream of comments. But this is a serious and very […]

Beware of Facebook, abuse of Section 66(d): digital forum

Myanmar needs to address the spread of fake news on social media by empowering local journalists, providing freer access to information, and pushing for more responsible and conscientious use of the internet, said participants at the third Myanmar Digital Rights Forum in Yangon last month. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we make […]

President’s Office requested to investigate Civil Service Board’s connection with Bogus Universities

A complaint was submitted to the President’s Office on Tuesday, calling for an investigation into the Union Civil Service Board (UCSB) over its ties with two unaccredited foreign universities. The UCSB, a government agency responsible for recruiting and training civil servants, worked with Hawaii-based Akamai University and an affiliate institution in Malaysia, EDS Business School, […]

‘Overreacting to failure’: Facebook’s new Myanmar strategy baffles local activists

Facebook banned four ethnic armed Myanmar-based groups from its site this week, in its latest effort to reckon with its role in the violence in that nation. But the tech giant’s decision is drawing criticism from local civil society and human rights groups who warn that the move appears ill-considered and inconsistent with international law. […]

Facebook Bans ‘Dangerous’ Armed Groups in Myanmar From Platform

YANGON —Facebook announced on Tuesday afternoon that it has banned the four ethnic armed groups that comprise Myanmar’s Northern Alliance, calling them “dangerous organizations.” It said all related praise, support and representation of the Arakan Army, Kachin Independence Army, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and Ta’ang National Liberation Army would also be removed as soon […]

Facebook, whatsapp target fake news for asia’s election season, but is it too little, too late?

Facebook and its subsidiary WhatsApp have promised to get tougher on “fake news” ahead of key elections in Asia, but critics question whether the new policies can stop viral disinformation from influencing the outcomes. Both companies have faced outrage over issues related to misuse and accountability, and this year’s polls could prove a crucial test […]

Billboard advertising shrinks but remains part of Yangon landscape

Just half a decade ago, Yangon was dotted with billboards as companies jostled for the best locations to draw the attention of the consumers to the products they were introducing to the market. But just like other traditional advertising media, such as the newspapers and magazines, among others, the outdoor advertising industry is now fighting […]