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Asia’s tech News:
March 2023

Each country link below will take you to the index page for that jurisdiction’s tech news summaries for March of 2023, with each headline directly linked to the online news article, report, download or opinion piece behind it – quick knowledge, one-click news.

For wider-world tech news – which obviously impact on Asia – read March 2023’s Other Tech News section, which touches on wider-world items in technologies including cryptocurrency, CBDCs, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, disinformation and more.

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Accenture: Semiconductor Industry (2023)

Accenture: The Pulse of the Semiconductor Industry (2023)

Australia: March 2023

  • “$368 billion, 20,000 jobs over 20 years: How AUKUS could ‘fundamentally transform’ Australia”
  • Australia: Cauldron secures $10.5M seed funding with animal-free meat and dairy products, with sights on creating Asia-Pac’s largest network of precision fermentation facilities…

Australia: March 2023 >

ASPI: Critical Technology Tracker

Australian Strategic Policy Institute: Critical Technology Tracker

Cambodia: March 2023

  • Cambodia: Startup & Innovation Festival 2023 set for April 8th in Factory creative hub, Phnom Penh…

Cambodia: March 2023 >

Semiconductor industry report

Accenture: The Pulse of the Semiconductor Industry (2023)

China: March 2023

  • China: Huawei CEO reveals firm redesigned 4K circuit boards, sourcing 13K components domestically, in response to sanctions, boosting use of HarmonyOS and other systems
  • China: BYD automaker moves to diversify globally via technological capabilities with investment in Kunlunxin, previously Baidu’s Smart Chip and Architecture Department…

China: March 2023 >

South China Sea disputes

RAND Corp: The political geography of the South China Sea disputes

HONG KONG: March 2023

  • Animoca Brands backs Saudi Arabia’s Nuqtah NFT marketplace
  • “Hong Kong’s campaign to become a regional crypto hub has attracted a steady stream of business executives from China looking to explore opportunities in the sector despite Beijing’s crackdown….”…

Hong Kong: March 2023 >

Interpol Report on Metaverse

Interpol Technology Assessment Report on Metaverse

India: March 2023

  • India: Gov’t imposes anti-money laundering provisions on the crypto sector in regulatory move, in part hoping to ensure that KYC is not simply best practice but a compliance requirement
  • India: 35% of employees at the nation’s IT organisations may soon be gig workers according to Microsoft and Zinnov study…

India: March 2023 >

India Venture Capital Report 2023

Bain & Co / IVCA: India Venture Capital Report 2023

Indonesia: March 2023

  • Indonesia: Antler early-stage VC firm to invest in more than 30 Indonesian startups this year, alongside launching a 10-week Jakarta-based founders residency programme…

Indonesia: March 2023 >

Digital Currencies - Asia and Pacific

IMF: Towards Central Bank Digital Currencies in Asia and the Pacific

Japan: March 2023

  • Japan: Rapidus Corp, formed by 8 major Japanese firms, unveils plan to build its first next-gen semiconductor chip plant in Hokkaido…

Japan: March 2023 >

Lowy Institute Asia Power Index 2023

Lowy Institute: Asia Power Index, 2023 edition

South Korea: March 2023

  • Malaysia’s CelcomDigi and South Korea’s SK Telecom ink MoU to develop Malaysia’s metaverse ecosystem, looking at verticals to work on including education, health, retail and entertainment
  • Japan lifts export controls on South Korea relating to materials for semiconductor and display production, following Seoul’s withdrawal of WTO litigation…

South Korea: March 2023 >

Korea Startup Challenge 2023

Korea Startup Challenge 2023 – applications now open

Malaysia: March 2023

  • Malaysia: $40M Future Malaysia Programme launches to boost the country’s startup ecosystem, operated by government Khazanah sovereign wealth fund…

Malaysia: March 2023 >

Malaysia Startup Ecosystem

Malaysia Startup Ecosystem Roadmap 2021-2030 (direct pdf link)

New Zealand: March 2023

  • Japan and New Zealand to fast-track talks on intelligence-sharing to strengthen security ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, in part also aiming to boost Pacific Islands engagement…

New Zealand: March 2023 >

New Zealand Cyber Security

Kordia: NZ Cyber Security Report 2023

Philippines: March 2023

  • Philippines: Founders Launchpad startup incubator program launches, delivered by AHG Lab and Draper Startup House
  • Philippines: Block Dojo launches to train, educate, upskill and cross-skill blockchain-focused companies and professionals, utilizing parent firm nChain’s advisor and mentor networks…

The Philippines: March 2023 >

US, China, undersea cables - Reuters

Reuters: US and China wage war beneath the waves – over internet cables

Singapore: March 2023

  • Singapore: GroundupAI secures $1.8M to help industrial firms prevent unplanned downtime of assets and to improve safety through combined use of industrial IoT and AI…

Singapore: March 2023 >

The Decoding China dictionary

The Decoding China dictionary: Terms, meanings, framing

Taiwan: March 2023

  • Taiwan: Google parent Alphabet to launch $9.8M fund boosting Taiwanese media and digital competitiveness over the next 3 years
  • Foxconn looks at cooperation in India in new areas including electric vehicles and chips, looking to boost India production to 25% from current 5-7%…

Taiwan: March 2023 >

Deloitte: 2023 Semiconductor Industry Outlook

Deloitte: 2023 Semiconductor Industry Outlook

Thailand: March 2023

  • China’s Hozon electric vehicle maker breaks ground at its first overseas car plant in Thailand, seeing SEA opportunities while dealing with increased competition and weakening demand in China…

Thailand: March 2023 >

Crypto Regulation

PwC Global Crypto Regulation Report 2023

Vietnam: March 2023

  • Vietnam: F88 gains $50M funding from Vietnam-Oman Investment Fund to expand microfinance in the country, aiming to provide underbanked and unbanked populations with access to small emergency loans…

Vietnam: March 2023 >

NED: Smart Cities and Democratic Vulnerabilities

NED: Smart Cities and Democratic Vulnerabilities

PR Newswire Asia: Startup press releases

  • Country and location-focused press releases
  • Technology-specific news feeds

PR Newswire Asia & Startup News Asia >

Pacific Islands Security

Pacific Islands Forum: Pacific Security Outlook 2022-2023

Disinfo Docket: Research on global influence operations

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