Mr Wilfredo Palete Jr., the University’s
designated Data Protection Officer, presided over the talk, which happened in
Miagao, Iloilo campus.
According to the report
made by the University, the reason behind the creation of the Data Privacy Act
(DPA) is it being a response to the ever-growing use of the internet in the
Philippines for business, particularly through the digital economy and
international trade relations.
Add to that how Filipinos have increased
their internet usage for personal use because of their heavy penchant for
social media. With more and more people gaining access, the need for privacy
and security protections have strengthened.
According to Republic Act No. 10173, Ch. 1,
Sec. 2, the purpose of the DPA is “to protect the fundamental human right of
privacy, of communication while ensuring free flow of information to promote
innovation and growth.
In order to enforce and oversee the DPA,
the National Privacy
Commission (NPC) was established. NPC is tasked to protect the
individual personal information and upholds the right to privacy by regulating
the processing of personal information.
Based on the defined purpose of DPA,
personal information should be safeguarded not only by the person directly
concerned, but also by the company or institution to which they are connected.
As defined by the National Privacy
Commission Tool Kit, personal information is referred to as “any information,
whether recorded in a material form or not, from which the identity of an
individual is apparent or can be reasonable and directly ascertained by the
entity holding the information, or when put together with other information
would directly and certainly identify and individual.”
The report further explained what
constitutes as personal information. It includes sensitive personal information
that covers an in individual’s race, ethnic origin, marital status, age, colour,
and religious, philosophical or political affiliations.
Moreover, an individual’s health,
education, genetic or sexual life, and any proceeding for any offense committed
or alleged to have been committed by such person, the disposal of such
proceedings, or the sentence of any court in such proceedings are also included
to their personal information.
Before personal information may be disclosed,
in cases when it is needed for a legitimate purpose, the consent of the person
connected should be given. It should also be remembered that the information be
used for the purpose it was intended.
Moreover, under the DPA, appointment of a
Data Protection Officer (DPO) is a legal requirement for Personal Information
Controllers (PICs) and Personal Information Processors (PIPs). Having a DPO is
a must since they serve as the focal person protecting personal data collection
An announcement released
earlier highlighted the Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), which commemorates the
data privacy rights of the Filipino people, along with all the benefits of data
privacy protection. Participating in PAW is beneficial for organisations that
process personal data since this can boost better customer trust, greater
competitive advantage and stronger protection of company assets.
Slips, trips, and falls (STF) are the leading source of severe injuries in the workplace. Daily, over a million workers across the world suffer injuries from slips and trips, which are the most frequent causes. Early identification of STF risks is essential for improving workplace safety and health, especially in industries such as construction, maritime, manufacturing, transportation, and storage.
Researchers from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Biomedical Engineering have collaborated with an NUS start-up to develop a smart insole that can track workplace STFs in real time. It is the first of its kind that can detect a person’s balance. The insole enables companies to identify the location of an incident and highlight STF risk areas so that appropriate measures can be taken to minimise these hazards. The insole can also be custom fitted where necessary through foot scanning and 3D printing production.
According to a statement by NUS, the smart insole uses sensors to monitor foot pressure and an inertial measurement unit sensor to measure changes in motion. When an STF occurs, the body will initially try to maintain balance by exerting pressure on the feet to break the STF. The smart insole identifies these changes in pressure exerted by the feet, and a person’s orientation, to determine if an STF has occurred.
These pressure and motion changes due to an STF are then recorded and measured in real-time to generate balance profiles of different users. This will help employers assess which workers are more suitable for various tasks. Additionally, falls from height can be detected by the smart insole as they have distinct velocity profiles compared to falls on level ground.
Data collected by the smart insole can be easily accessed by employees through a mobile application and by company management through a dashboard. The digitisation of slips, trips, and falls incidents leads to more prompt reporting and increased transparency, eliminating the need for workers or safety officers to submit manual reports.
An official from the NUS start-up explained that STFs are significant cost drivers for most companies due to a loss of productivity, medical expenses, and administrative costs. The smart insole will reduce human and financial costs before serious accidents happen.
Apart from monitoring and reporting STFs, the smart insole recognises everyday activities like walking, standing, and sitting. This enables employers to detect potentially hazardous actions like when a worker should be walking instead of running, and evaluate a worker’s sense of balance by measuring the centre of pressure.
The researchers were awarded the Maritime Innovation and Technology-STARTUP Grant by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore in May 2022 for prototype development and test-bedding of the smart insole for worker safety. They are collaborating with the Workplace Safety and Health Institute and Association of Singapore Maritime Industries to upgrade the smart insole for the maritime sector.
The statement noted that over time, the data collected from the smart insoles worn by workers, along with other worker-related metrics, can be used to implement best workplace practices on safety and health. The team is also looking into future applications and commercialisation of the smart insole to reduce STFs in construction, aviation, and manufacturing.
According to Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan, the crypto asset industry in Indonesia is growing by nearly 50%. Based on Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency (CoFTRA) data, there will be 11.2 million consumers or users of crypto assets by the end of 2021. This figure had climbed by 48.7% since the end of November 2022, when it stood at 16.55 million individuals on the market.
Surprisingly, that number is dominated by millennials aged 18 to 30. According to Coinfolk research, the six provinces in Indonesia with the highest crypto interest are Bali, DKI Jakarta, Banten, Yogyakarta, Riau Islands, and West Java.
“All of these conditions show that the potential for the crypto asset market in Indonesia is still huge, and Indonesia can become one of the world’s leaders in the crypto asset market,” Zulkifli expounded elaborated during the launch of the ‘Crypto Asset Literacy Month’ Programme in Central Jakarta.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s physical exchange for crypto assets achieved a transaction value of IDR 296.66 trillion in 2022. This figure is lower than the figure for 2021, IDR 859.4 trillion. In contrast, the transaction value in 2020 was IDR 64.9 trillion.
“Although in 2022, the value of crypto asset exchanges will cause a drop in the market, which will undergo a sluggish (bearish) stock trend, on the other hand, more and more companies, such as Meta, Google, and Twitter, are starting to merge blockchain solutions into their business operations. This demonstrates that the cryptocurrency asset exchange will expand fast this year,” he added.
The Ministry of Trade also hopes that by mid-2023, Indonesia will have a crypto asset exchange organisation that will serve as a hub for crypto asset trading. Crypto asset exchange institutions are required since it is predicted that by 2023, crypto assets will have experienced rapid expansion from the standpoint of blockchain technology, which is the foundation of crypto asset technology.
Blockchain technology, including crypto assets, is still evolving. However, the Indonesian government has attempted to keep up with these advancements by altering numerous legislations to control a fair and equitable crypto asset management environment and emphasise consumer rights. Nevertheless, CoFTRA’s authority still includes supervision and regulation of crypto asset trading as referenced in CoFTRA Regulation No. 13 of 2022, which amends CoFTRA Regulation No. 8 of 2021, which is about Guidelines for Organising Crypto Asset Physical Market Trading on Futures Exchanges.
Furthermore, to meet future difficulties in blockchain technology, such as crypto assets that may affect the financial sector, Law Number 4 of 2023, about the Development and Strengthening of the Financial Sector (UU P2SK), was adopted this year. The P2SK Law is intended to coordinate with one another and strengthen the role of ministries/institutions in the future regulation and deployment of crypto asset trade.
Because cryptocurrency asset trading is highly volatile, the government organised the ‘Crypto Asset Literacy Month’ initiative to raise awareness about the issue. The event was organised in collaboration with the Indonesian Crypto Asset Traders Association by the Ministry of Trade’s Commodity Futures Trading Supervisory Agency (Aspakrindo).
Zulkifli Hasan, Minister of Trade, hopes that the ‘Crypto Asset Literacy Month’ Programme will increase literacy in crypto asset trading by providing the right and appropriate awareness in the community, ensuring the implementation of crypto asset physical market trading conforms with statutory regulations.
“Investing in crypto assets is fraught with danger. The value of crypto assets is erratic by nature, and it can see a significant gain or reduction in value in a short period. As a result, a thorough awareness of the community and the rewards, possibilities, and hazards of trading crypto assets is required. “Crypto Asset Literacy Month 2023 is undoubtedly one strategy to promote public literacy in crypto asset trading,” he concluded.
The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) will organise the Digital Leadership Academy (DLA) Training Programme (US) in conjunction with Stanford University in California. Hary Budiarto, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics’ Human Resources Research and Development Agency chairman, declared that the collaboration would add to the list of cooperating world-class colleges.
The DLA programme was initially a collaboration between eight international campuses, including the National University of Singapore (NUS), Harvard University, Oxford University, Tsinghua University, Cornell University, Imperial College London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Cambridge.
“We have partnered with eight foreign universities, and this year we are exploring a partnership with Stanford University,” he spoke at a press conference for the Kominfo Digital Talent Provision Programme at the Ministry of Communication and Information Media Centre in Central Jakarta.
According to Hary, the DLA Programme intends to include all government officials, State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Regional-Owned Enterprises (BUMD), private enterprises (CEO level), and digital company owners as members. Training for regional leaders, including governors, mayors, and regents, is provided by Ministry Kominfo in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs’ HR Development Agency (BPSDM Kemendagri). DLA will hold training and visits in 2023.
The initiative will bring 20 regional leaders to South Korea this year for international benchmarking. The Ministry of Home Affairs will define the qualifications for regional heads. They visited Singapore in 2022, and 20 regional leaders were present.
The Ministry of Kominfo, on the other hand, developed digital competence from beginner to intermediate levels for students, graduate students, and the community. The Professional Academy, Fresh Graduate Academy, Talent Scouting Academy, Vocational School Graduate Academy, Government Transformation Academy, Thematic Academy, and Digital Entrepreneurship Academy are all part of the DTS Programme.
For the Professional Academy training subject, The Ministry of Kominfo targets participants who have at least worked for the past two years. Meanwhile, the Fresh Graduate Academy is designed for recent college grads. The ministry also collaborates with the industry to fulfil its personnel needs. The training programme will continue with open job offers followed by training in a specific field. After that, they participate in apprenticeship or boot camp, after which they can contract employment with the industry.
Participants in the Vocational School Graduate Academy (VSGA) course can obtain an SKKNI-based certification. VSGA is meant for the community, with at least Vocational High School graduates eligible for D1, D2, and D4. The distinction between V FGA and VSGA is that the training is based on the Occupational Map or SKKNI, particularly for SKKNI in the communications, information technology, and telecommunications industries.
Another academy is the Talent Scouting Academy, which is meant for students as part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology’s drive for the Freedom to Learn – Independent Campus (MBKM) programme. We provide students with training, after which they return to college and can convert numerous credits, typically 10-20 credits. Our goal for the Talent Scouting Programme in 2023 is to have roughly 5,000 students.
Thematic Academies are dedicated to specific communities throughout Indonesia, such as migrant workers, individuals with disabilities, women, children, and others.
Meanwhile, the Digital Entrepreneurship Academy training programme aims to prepare students to become digital entrepreneurs. There are four curricula in the DEA training, ranging from addressing the foundations of using digital platforms to how to manage marketplaces to employing data science, big data, or AI (Artificial Intelligence) to establish business production.
We also train ASN through the Government Transformation Academy, which provides training to make them more proficient in executing public services. All these DTS training sessions are accessible to the community, students, and workers; all required is to register to participate in this training online or offline.
In the context of World Safer Internet Day, the Deputy Minister of Information and Communications (MIC), Nguyen Huy Dung, highlighted the crucial role of a safe Internet in advancing progress in Vietnam. This year’s World Safer Internet Day was themed, “Want to talk about it? Making space for safe conversations about life online”.
According to MIC, over 175,000 children worldwide access the Internet daily and experience both its advantages and potential hazards. Providing children with knowledge about Internet safety and equipping them with the tools to protect themselves has become a global concern.
World Safer Internet Day aims to promote the safe use of digital technology and create positive effects on children and young people. It strives to encourage the youth, parents, teachers, police, and technology companies to work together to develop and implement initiatives that contribute to a safer online environment.
World Safer Internet Day was initiated in 1999. By 2004, many countries had joined the initiative to raise public awareness of cyber threats. The day aims to promote joining hands to fight threats from the internet, bringing people around the globe a safer online environment.
Last year, the Vietnam Network for Child Online Protection debuted its website to keep children safe online, where users can report incidents of child abuse. The Authority of Information Security, which is run by MIC, developed and deployed the website. The network is linked to 24 units, including representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Other representatives are from agencies, enterprises, and domestic and foreign organisations that specialise in child protection on the Internet.
As OpenGov Asia reported, in the ‘Opinion Expression’ section of the website users, including children, can give their ideas and suggestions, which state agencies can consider when drafting new policies and schemes. The ‘News’ section includes updated information about Internet safety for children in the country and across the world as well as the new technologies developed to keep children safe online. Meanwhile, the ‘Tools’ section offers useful suggestions and software for young users to have healthy interactions online.
Apart from contacting the Child Affairs Department’s hotline through the portal, users can also send child abuse reports. The Vietnam Network for Child Online Protection then verifies the reports and takes appropriate action. The website was launched as part of a programme approved by the Prime Minister to protect and assist children in healthy and creative interactions on the Internet. It targets preventing and handling activities that take advantage of the cyber environment to abuse children as well as promoting and maintaining a healthy Internet environment.
The website contributes to an ecosystem of useful domestic apps and products to help children learn and be entertained online. So far, the programme has introduced various initiatives, tasks, and breakthrough solutions to exploit advanced technologies like big data to collect data and deliver early warnings for any potential content that violates laws or is not suitable for children.
In 2022, Vietnam’s digital technology industry reached a total revenue of about US$ 148 billion. The revenue from Internet security products and services in 2022 hit about VND 4.85 trillion (US$ 205.5 million), 26% higher than that of 2021. Domestic information security enterprises have mastered over 95% of information security products and solutions. Many new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and virtual reality technology (AR/VR) have been applied to ‘Made in Vietnam’ information security products.
A partner company of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), which is a leading surgical robotics company, recently signed a high-level Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a longstanding clinical partner and a multispecialty private hospital in Hong Kong.
The Memorandum of Understanding will enhance the partnership between the parties, with a focus on advancing patient care, promoting technological innovations in healthcare, and fostering a culture of innovation in Hong Kong.
The two parties have a long-standing friendship, and this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) strengthens and harmonises their partnership. Over the course of a three-year consortium, they will collaborate on various significant activities, such as exchanging scientific knowledge gained from clinical validation studies of the latest surgical robots, promoting development, and fostering new technological innovations. The goal is to transform human-assisted surgery into precise, automated solutions, improving patients’ quality of life.
The MoU was signed by the CEO of the robotics company and the CEO of the hospital. In attendance were the Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry; the Founder, and Chairman of the company; the Chairman of Hong Kong Automation Technology Council and Associate Director (Innovation) of a hotel group in Hong Kong as well as the Director of Peritoneal Malignancy Treatment Centre at the hospital.
The Founder of the HKSTP partner company stated that the company is committed to revolutionising surgical technologies and elevating patient care in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. The support the Hong Kong government, through funding programs like the Enterprise Support Scheme and access to advanced facilities at the Science Park, has enabled PRHK to enhance its medical and surgical systems and cultivate skilled professionals. This partnership holds great potential for expanding the use of surgical robots for the benefit of patients.
Meanwhile, the CEO of the hospital noted that partnership provides both parties with a strategic platform to foster the development of technological innovations in healthcare. Drawing on the tech company’s outstanding experience in surgical robot development and implementation, we anticipate contributing to the successful transformation of our joint clinical research efforts into healthcare solutions that will offer improved care, greater precision, and more advanced options for patients.
FDA Clears SIRIUS Endoscope System for Use
SIRIUS Endoscope System, the flagship product of the robotics company, achieved 510k clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2022, demonstrating its safety and efficacy in use, and meeting world-class quality standards.
The CEO of the company announced that the FDA 510K clearance and the clinical data acquired through the partnership with the hospital will facilitate the company’s ability to advance its medical robotics technology in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. The company’s status as a prominent leader in the development of innovative surgical robotics solutions will also be strengthened.
The robotics company is a portfolio company of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) Venture Fund, which supports promising tech ventures by providing investment and attracting private capital. The Hong Kong Science Park is a hub for over 1,200 cutting-edge innovation and technology companies, including PRHK, in areas like artificial intelligence, robotics, biomedical technology, and more.
The CEO of HKSTP stated that the robotics company has been a consistent part of HKSTP’s ecosystem and a shining example of how research, with the right support, can lead to scalable commercial success. This collaboration represents a major milestone in their quest to improve the utilisation of robotics in healthcare, and they are thrilled to see the company’s continued growth and success.
The robotics company is dedicated to revolutionising the field of minimally invasive surgery through its innovative articulated camera system, providing advanced laparoscopic surgeries with precision, accuracy, and dependability. With the hospital’s expertise, clinical excellence, and top-notch facilities, the company aims to continue improving surgical robot applications for both surgeons and patients.
The Philippine Army (PA) confirmed its intent to digitalise the documentation process. According to PA spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad, the digitalisation project is part of the PA leadership’s attempts to use technology to provide relevant and responsive services to soldiers.
“This digitalisation will assist the PA in expediting the processing of benefits due to meritorious people, particularly our KIA (killed in action), wounded, sick, and retirees,” said PA chief Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr.
At the Army Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, the PA and technology solutions supplier master’s Stewards Information Technology (MIST) inked a digitalisation agreement under the Office of the Army Adjutant. The office is the repository for all Army officers and troops from commissioning or enlistment until retirement. The signing reaffirmed the agreement between the PA, represented by Army Adjutant Col. Danilo Estraero, and MIST Solutions, Inc., represented by its managing director, Mary Ann Cabal-Soleno.
Last year, PhilSA and the Department of National Defense (DND) signed an agreement to strengthen national security and development activities through Space Science and Technology Applications (SSTA). Before establishing a memorandum of understanding with DND, PhilSA collaborated closely with the defence and security industries.
PhilSA is working hard to safeguard the country’s sovereignty. Currently, the agency works with several AFP divisions to produce satellite data products for maritime domain cognisance, area monitoring, and other satellite operations for defence and security.
PhilSA has been educating the Philippine Navy and Air Force on using satellite pictures and AI for automatic object recognition. It also has a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Coast Watch Centre to improve maritime security through space-enabled technology.
Similarly, the United States has realised the significance of converting technology in the defence sector. As a result, the government has made significant technological advances for its army. It has even used its arm to establish the Cyber National Mission Force, the Department of Defense’s newest subordinate unified command.
The CNMF is the United States military’s joint cyber force entrusted with defending the country in cyberspace through full-spectrum operations encompassing offensive, defensive, and information operations. The classification of CNMF as a sub-unified command acknowledges the organisation’s long-standing purpose of combatting foreign harmful cyber actors, underlines its continuous success in advancing national priorities and formalises its organisational structure.
The army used games, simulators, and 3D training simulations to teach its forces. The United States Air Force has made the KingFish Agile Combat Employment game the capstone exercise for the Air Mobility Command’s Rapid Global Mobility Course 3. (RGMC 3). The game allows students to visualise, learn from, and comprehend the notions of ACE and Multi-Capable Airmen in a more tangible way.
In the meantime, the US Air Force has created a new training platform called the Weapons System Trainer Reconfigurable C-130J flight simulator (WST 12R). The new simulator includes block updates to boost software and hardware capability expansions aimed at improving aircraft flying skills.
These training profiles will be like the flying, weight, and climatic conditions that MAFFS aircrews will encounter on wildfire suppression missions. The new simulator will train aircrews to manage circumstances more effectively and successfully, improving safety and mission success.
The United States Navy developed MRTS 3D (Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System) as a 3D training simulation that gives an interactive training experience via a multi-touch screen. By boosting achievement and operation readiness, the deployment of MRTS 3D onboard Lincoln aids in meeting future fleet requirements. The simulations immerse Sailors in a three-dimensional world geared to their job requirements.
MRTS 3D offers a variety of software simulations through realistic, virtual training on a variety of platforms. MRTS 3D trainers are intended to be employed on Navy ships in Sailor rate boot camps and pre-deployment group exercises.
Swinburne University of Technology has been awarded a substantial amount of funding, exceeding AU$ 1.1 million, for three projects that are linked to industry as part of the latest allocation of funding from the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects initiative.
This funding will allow Swinburne to further advance its research efforts and strengthen its collaborations with industry partners. The projects, which have been selected for funding, will tackle important and relevant challenges facing various industries, and the outcomes of these projects will be expected to have a significant impact on both the academic and business communities.
The three projects will explore innovative solutions for making roads and pavements more sustainable using recycled glass, enhancing Australia’s 5G network, and incorporating new technologies to enhance quality of life in aged care facilities.
The University has achieved an outstanding success rate in the latest round of funding from the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects initiative. With a 100% success rate, compared to the overall success rate of 42%, Swinburne’s research efforts have been recognized and rewarded.
In addition to the Federal Government funding, contributions from partner organizations have further increased the value of the projects to over $2.5 million. This level of funding will allow Swinburne to tackle complex challenges and drive innovative solutions in collaboration with industry partners.
The Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research stated that these three projects demonstrate Swinburne’s strength in working with industry to develop practical solutions to real-world problems. Their 100 per cent success rate in this round is a testament to the quality of work being produced by the Swinburne community in partnership with industry.
In partnership with two firms in Australia, a research team led by Professor Arul Arulrajah is developing green ground improvement technology using biocemented recycled glass columns.
This project expands upon Swinburne’s expertise in using recycled grass for constructing new roads and sidewalks, thereby reducing waste in landfills, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, and discovering innovative ways to utilize glass waste commercially. The Swinburne research team also includes Associate Professor Annan Zhou, Professor Jian Chu, Professor Suksun Horpibulsuk and Kanagesperan Verumandy.
Meanwhile, Associate Professor Qiang He and Professor Yun Yang are continuing their pioneering work on supercharging Australia’s transition to 5G with a new project with AIBUILD. The objective of the project is to reduce the costs and increase the safety for software providers transitioning to 5G by creating innovative models and methods to enhance multi-access edge computing (MEC), a crucial technology that enables quicker 5G network speeds.
The team, which includes Swinburne’s Dr Feifei Chen and the CEO of a firm that helps businesses develop and integrate web technologies, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality into their business model to improve operation, are also working on an ARC funded project to support an innovative 5G-enabled AR/VR learning platform.
Finally, Professor Sonja Pedell and Professor Leon Sterling will work with not-for-profit aged care provider and an edu-tech company to effectively bring technology into aged care. The project aims to enhance the quality of care and promote fairness in technology utilisation by jointly designing services and plans that encourage technology adoption among residents.