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In a ramshackle workshop behind a bustling Yangon market, Kyi Tha fixes the plastic propeller of a home-made drone, one of a growing number of enthusiasts refusing to let poverty clip the wings of their high-tech dreams.
As Myanmar’s opposition sit on the cusp of a historic victory, the twists and turns of the election are playing out on a medium virtually unknown inside the country a few years ago: social media.
Thailand’s junta said it planned to create a new military unit to fight online dissent, as Internet freedom campaigners said they were training hundreds of volunteers for a “cyber war” against censorship.
A proposal by Thailand's junta for a single Internet gateway to allow authorities to monitor content would destroy competition and was reminiscent of the most authoritarian measures to stifle free speech, a former information minister said.
Several Thai government websites temporarily crashed due to a “symbolic act” by people against plans to introduce a single Internet gateway, officials said.
Thais have taken to the Internet to crowdsource the identity of the prime suspect in Bangkok’s shrine bombing, but police have appealed for online calm after an Australian model was falsely accused.
From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an Internet revolution in the once-isolated nation.
Japanese mobile carrier KDDI said Thursday that it planned to link up with trading house Sumitomo in a deal to invest about US$2bil (RM6.36bil) in developing wireless networks in Myanmar, as the country opens up after years of military rule.