Edwin Yapp

An engineer by training, Edwin first cut his teeth as a cellular radio frequency optimization engineer in one of Malaysia's largest telcos. After more than five years, he hung up his radio engineering boots to try his hand at technology reporting at The Star , Malaysia's leading English daily, where he won several awards for Best Online Technology reporting. He left to start his own editorial consultancy and is now a freelance journalist for several publications, including ZDNet Asia. A self-confessed gadget geek, Edwin hopes his blog contributions will stir up deeper discussions within the Malaysian technology scene.

Latest Posts

Following through novel initiatives is key

Ramadan, or the Muslim fasting month, is usually a busy time for journalists as invites begin to pour in for Buka Puasa or breaking fasts feasts in the evenings. Over the years, companies not only organized these dinners just for feasting purposes, but also as an incentive to get journalists to cover events.

September 8, 2009 by Edwin Yapp

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Is censorship the answer?

Mention the "c" word in Malaysia these days and all hell breaks loose. Censorship is indeed a highly charged word today, given that the country has gone through another iteration of what appears to be an attempt to censor the Internet.

August 20, 2009 by Edwin Yapp

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Internet security is everyone's business

About a month ago, a friend of mine revealed that his bank account had been compromised and that an unknown person or persons had conducted a foreign telegraphic transfer to wire a significant amount of cash he had deposited in one of the country's leading banks into a foreign account.My heart went out to him as he had no inkling as to what had happened until he went to the bank last month to conduct some ATM transactions.

August 9, 2009 by Edwin Yapp

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Bahasa or English? One step forward, two steps back?

A couple of weeks ago, the Malaysian government ignited a controversy when it reversed a five-year-old government policy that sought to teach Science and Math in the English language at primary and secondary schools, and reverted back to teaching the two subjects in the national language, Bahasa Malaysia.

July 22, 2009 by Edwin Yapp

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E-media contest for Asean

SEACEM, ChangeFusion and Freevoice are now accepting applications for "ASEAN E-Media Startups Competition".The goal is to identify talented e-media startups in Asean that bring independent news and views with financial sustainability in order to enhance freedom of expression, openness and political and economic liberty in the region.

February 2, 2009 by Edwin Yapp

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Cyber court is not the solution

Malaysia is mulling the creation of a cyber court to deal with the problem of bloggers who post content that may be deemed seditious.Prosecuting bloggers is not the solution.

January 20, 2009 by Edwin Yapp

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Can news be sold iTunes style?

David Carr of the NYT provided an interesting suggestion, that perhaps news can be sold the way music is sold--to an iPod-like device.Rich Gordon of Poynter begs to differ and highlights one very important point: Unlike music, news stories don't get replayed.

January 16, 2009 by Edwin Yapp

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M'sians love rich media but...

Malaysia's broadband penetration rate may only be 18 percent but that doesn't mean Malaysians are unsophisticated users of the Internet.In fact, Malaysia recently emerged in the top 10 among media consuming nations, out of 52 countries surveyed by Nielsen.

January 13, 2009 by Edwin Yapp

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