Vietnam+: Vietnam, Laos ink cooperative MoU on archive. “The national archive agencies of Vietnam and Laos signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation in 2020 at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 3.”
The Hindu: Hashtag, history: There’s a growing appetite for online archives from South Asia. “An old black-and-white photo shows an Indian soldier from the British Indian Army posing with his lady love somewhere in Italy. The accompanying caption reveals that the soldier, also a football player, had gone to Italy for a tournament when he met the woman and they fell in love. The soldier’s father, however, opposed their love, and asked him to cut all ties with her. This photograph was taken by the estranged couple as a keepsake. This tragic love story garnered more than 20,000 likes on an Instagram account called ‘Brown History’.”
Mozilla Blog: Mozilla and BMZ Announce Cooperation to Open Up Voice Technology for African Languages. “Today, Mozilla and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have announced to join forces in the collection of open speech data in local languages, as well as the development of local innovation ecosystems for voice-enabled products and technologies. The initiative builds on the pilot project, which our Open Innovation team and the Machine Learning Group started together with the organization ‘Digital Umuganda’ earlier this year. The Rwandan start-up collects language data in Kinyarwanda, an African language spoken by over 12 million people. Further languages in Africa and Asia are going to be added.”
Nikkei Asian Review: Vietnamese social media networks spring up to challenge Facebook. “Vietnamese companies have started a string of new social networks in a bid to crack a sector dominated by Facebook, which boasts more than 60 million users out of a population of over 96 million. The latest debut was announced on July 23 by Gapo Technology, a unit of Hanoi-based G-group.’
Ohio University: Ohio University Libraries awarded grant to develop Southeast Asia Digital Library. “Ohio University Libraries has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to develop the Southeast Asia Digital Library in collaboration with 14 other institutions. The five-year grant was awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The project will update the Southeast Asia Digital Library with a new generation of digital initiatives and expand its collection of materials to further enhance studies of Southeast Asia, including language program support.”
Technology Times Pakistan: Punjab archives digitized historical web portal launched. “The digitized data covers the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial era in South Asia holding more than Seven Million files of unique documents and rare books. Secretary Punjab Archives & Libraries Tahir Yousaf and Chairman PITB Azfar Manzoor inaugurated the portal.” Unfortunately I got an error when I tried to access the link in the story.
South China Morning Post: Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news. “Pro-democracy movements in Southeast Asia grappling with limited freedom of speech have found a new battleground in social media, but the rise of authoritarian policies on online platforms may curtail the effectiveness of such efforts, regional analysts say.”