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CMU Fine Arts students go madiFesto

The digital age has reached the arts as students disassembled computers and parts and then connected them.

The Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Arts students are holding their annual madiFesto exhibition at the CMU Art Museum on Nimmanhaemin and this year’s theme is generally multimedia interactive exhibits, often featuring live models, video, and interactive displays. Often informative, generally thought provoking and interesting, the madiFesto exhibition also features seminars on photography, art and ethnography, performance art and multimedia presentations.

It would seem this display was well aware of the implications of Nazi Germany as the performance artists had a very forbidding and frightening air.

Another exhibit featuring live models was also quite forbidding.

Some students showed their photographic skills, offering up images that were either posed to make a statement or every day images of people.

New Chiang Mai Ensemble

The newest group to enrich the Chiang Mai music scene are well known talented local musicians; Mutita Narkmuang, Ong-ard Kanchaisak, Remi Namtep, and Xavier Vichitporn.

With the recent formation of the “Chiangmai Ensemble”, the music scene in Chiang Mai has been enriched with a new formation for Chamber Music. Mutita Narkmuang, Guitar, Ong-ard Kanchaisak, Counter-tenor, Remi Namtep, Piano, and Xavier Vichitporn, Flute, will play in varying combinations, and perform Classical Music. The four musicians are well-known soloists, but also successful teachers at various musical institutions in this city.

The “Chiangmai Ensemble” will give its first concert on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the AUA-Auditorium, Ratchadamnern Road, Chiang Mai. The concert starts at 19:30 PM. On the program are compositions by Dowland, Telemann, Haendel, Giuliani, Mangore, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Saint-SaŽns, and Mekara/Namtep.

Tickets at 200 Baht can be obtained from the musicians or by reservation through phone number 089 757 9875, and (if still available) before the concert at the door.

Thai Police announce pirated software raid results

Say violations also occur in industrial estates

Thai police have announced an overview result of raids into businesses suspected of committing software copyrights violations, and advised those located in industrial estates to use genuine software to prevent possible legal problems.

From January to August 2011, there have been software copyrights violations on 2,715 corporate PCs amounting to 355.4 million baht worth of losses to copyrights owners.  The figures are higher when compared to the same period last year in which there were such violations on 2,085 corporate PCs worth 224.9 million baht in value of software.

From time to time, the Economic and Cyber Crime Division (ECD) has received complaints from software copyrights owners, asking police to investigate into alleged use of illegal software at factories and businesses, including those located within industrial estates.

“My advice to business operators has always been to follow copyrights laws and use only genuine software so that you can be assured of quality and efficiency of use in running their businesses and also to protect themselves against possible legal problems later on,” Pol. Col. Chainarong Charoenchainao, Deputy Commander and spokesman of the ECD.

Several of the businesses that are currently under ECD investigation have revenue in excess of 100 million baht and more than a few earn over one billion baht in revenue.  Recent cases include one Thai-German-Singapore joint venture that makes 185 million baht in revenue and a Virgin Islands-Japanese joint venture with 260 million baht in assets.

By using only genuine software and following copyrights laws, companies are immunizing themselves against legal problems and complaints from software copyright owners as well as malware and other system security risks.  “The cost of software legalization is worth the peace of mind,” Pol. Col. Chainarong said.  “It’s also about integrity. I believe every Thai business can succeed without having to rely on pirated software.”

Thailand aims to overtake Hong Kong with the fastest drop in software piracy reduction in Asia Pacific.  For four consecutive years now, the country has been making continued progress towards lowering software piracy rate from 80% in 2006 to 73% in 2010 – pointing towards greater use of genuine software in accordance with copyrights laws among corporate entities.

Last year, nearly half a billion baht worth of illegal software were seized.  Under the Copyright Act B.E. 2537, infringement of a copyrighted computer program either by selling, occupying for sale or offering for sale carries punishment of up to 4 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 800,000 Baht. (ECD)

Half the world’s pc users are regular software pirates

China leads 32-country study with 86 percent

Nearly half the world’s personal computer users — 47 percent — acquire software through illegal means most or all of the time, and in developing economies the figures are much higher, according to the most extensive study ever undertaken on users’ behaviors and attitudes toward software piracy and intellectual property rights.

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) released detailed findings from the study today on its official blog, BSA TechPost. Ipsos Public Affairs conducted the research for BSA by surveying approximately 15,000 PC users in 32 countries. This included 400 to 500 in-person or online interviews per country.

The study finds that large majorities of computer users in the developing world regularly acquire software through illegal means — such as buying a single license for a program and then installing it on multiple machines, or downloading programs from peer-to-peer networks — even though they express support for intellectual property principles.

China had a higher percentage of these regular software pirates among its PC-using population than any other country surveyed — 86 percent. Nigeria was second with 82 percent. Vietnam was third with 76 percent.

The study finds that significant majorities of software pirates in developing markets incorrectly believe that typically illegal means of acquiring software are in fact legal. At the same time, they believe software piracy is common, and they think it is unlikely that software pirates will be caught.

Critically, business decision-makers around the world exhibit behaviors and opions that are similar to those of other computer users.

“It took hundreds of millions of thieves to steal $59 billion worth of software last year. Now we have a better understanding of what they were thinking,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The evidence is clear: The way to lower software piracy is by educating businesses and individuals about what is legal — and ramping up enforcement of intellectual property laws to send clearer deterent signals to the marketplace.” (BSA)

Cloud computing and the digital economy

Enhancements to Thailand’s cloud computing and digital economy policy framework will help the country to achieve its ambitions of building a larger innovation-based economy that will see sustainable job growth, higher wages, and greater standards of living. However, some hurdles remain before this promise can be fulfilled.

These are among the findings from a new study on The Digital Economy and Cloud Computing from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and research firm Galexia. This inaugural study, which focuses on 14 Asia-Pacific economies, is the only study of its kind to examine the legal and regulatory environment in relation to cloud computing.

According to the study, the Asia Pacific region has the potential to become the worldwide hub for cloud computing services. However, it found that virtually all economies across the region would benefit from improvements in varying degrees to existing laws and regulations to promote cloud computing across borders.

“The rapid growth of cloud computing requires Thailand to quickly establish its policy priorities so that the country’s business community can maximize opportunities in the cloud and digital economy,” said Mrs. Jirawan Boonperm, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT). “Thailand clearly has strengths in our policy framework, but there are areas in which we can and must do better.   Inspiring online confidence and trust will help to give Thailand a competitive edge in attracting investors, creating good jobs and growing our IT industry.”

Thailand has made a positive start with regard to cloud computing and digital economy policy—however there are significant gaps that must be addressed to keep up with the Asia-Pacific region’s competing economies. Bolstering cyber security and protecting privacy are among the policy enhancements that would raise Thailand’s economic opportunities in relation to cloud computing and digital economy regulatory environments.

“There are strengths in some areas of Thailand’s policy framework on cloud computing, and with enhancements in other areas Thailand can have a very compelling policy framework for the digital economy,” said Roger Somerville, BSA’s Senior Director for Government and Policy, Asia Pacific. “Enacting privacy laws would give Thailand a significant boost in maximizing opportunities presented by cloud computing.”

Somerville noted that Thailand has developed comprehensive cybercrime legislation, which will help to enhance confidence in ICT. Thailand also has good laws in place regarding electronic commerce and electronic signatures, he said.

The study examines the legal and regulatory framework of 14 Asia-Pacific economies:  Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It examines eight categories, and key findings and challenges in these areas include the following:

Security.  The majority of Asian economies have have clear, technology neutral electronic signature laws, and have established regulatory schemes for the certification of signatures, where necessary. Security requirements are in place in most jurisdictions. However, a large number of economies have introduced Internet filtering/censorship regimes that may act as a barrier to the expansion of the digital economy and cloud computing.

Cybercrime. The majority of economies have either computer crime legislation or cybercrime legislation, and many laws are broadly compliant with the Convention on Cybercrime. However, there is great divergence in rules relating to investigation and enforcement, including access to encrypted data and extraterritorial offenses.

Interoperability. Although the majority of Asian economies have laws or regulations establishing a framework for interoperability and portability of data, there are inconsistencies in the approach of governments to standards development processes. Many ad hoc decisions are made in the absence of national frameworks and policies. This is an area where serious work is required to promote and accelerate standards development.

Data privacy. The majority of Asian economies has data protection laws in place and has established independent privacy commissioners. There are substantial law reform in the field, with major review and proposals in Australia, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines and Taiwan.  However, key jurisdictions, including China, India and Indonesia do not yet have data protection laws in place.

Intellectual property rights. The region is moving towards a consistent approach on many key rights and protections, although there is still a diversity of approaches to rights management information and circumventing technology. There are some gaps in the IP laws of key jurisdictions, including India and the Philippines.

International harmonization of rules. E-commerce laws were very consistent across the region, with most economies implementing laws based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on E Commerce and/or the UN Convention on Electronic Contracting. Several economies have signed or ratified the Convention, leading to greater harmonisation. Tariffs and trade barriers for online software and applications are extremely rare in the region.

Free trade. There remains scattered adherence to procurement preferences. Such preferences reduce competition and may have a long-term impact on the availability and cost of cloud computing products and services in some economies. Nevertheless, a growing number of economies had become members of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, which liberalizes such policies.

Infrastructure. Broadband availability and penetration in the region is inconsistent, and there is a risk that several economies do not yet have the infrastructure in place that can support and take full advantage of the digital economy and cloud computing.

The study does not rank the quality of the legal and regulatory environment in the economies examined. It was intended to provide relevant information on whether issues that need to be addressed in laws or regulations are so addressed in the respective Asian economies. Because of the breadth of issues and the number of economies covered, the study presents a ground-level evaluation, one that looks at whether the foundational requirements of a digital economy have been addressed, rather than probing deeply into how well such requirements have been addressed, said Somerville.

“With this study, we hope to provide a platform for discussion with policy makers, with a view towards further advancing the growth of digital economy and cloud computing in Asia through policy innovation and greater economic and trade integration. Our intent is for it to be used as a tool that can help policy-makers conduct a constructive self-evaluation, and determine the next steps that need to be taken to build confidence in the cloud environment by protecting the privacy, security and safety of cloud users; to promote interoperability and data portability; and to stimulate the innovation that is essential for an economy to enjoy the full benefits of cloud computing,” he said. (PR)

The HUCKY Eichelmann - ANTHONY Garcia Thailand Tour

Hucky Eichelmann and Anthony Garcia perform in Chiang Mai.

Thousands of excited fans cheered and celebrated the concerts of this world-class guitar duo in Nakhorn Rachasima, Mahasarakham, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai-Mae Hong Son, Bangkok, Phatthalung and Phuket. The tour, which ran from 15 August to 03 September and featured nine concerts and six workshops, was organized by AMI Events in cooperation with the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, in celebration of His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday. During the tour the prestigious Hucky Eichelmann-Mahsarakham University Award was given to Watcharanont Saengmuenna.

The two highly-acclaimed and classically-trained guitarists enthralled audiences with their mind boggling ability to play many musical styles and genres ranging from classics, folk, world, Latin, Irish, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Australian, contemporary to the beautiful melodies of His Majesty the King.

The tour aimed to give international and local communities of Thailand an opportunity to see a new and broad way of approaching music, and to encourage a better understanding of the fundamental aspects of music and life. It offered a wonderful opportunity for audiences to hear these astounding musicians up close and personal.

"Playing for crowds of up to two thousand and seeing some concerts being teleconferenced into additional venues due to high demand felt great but what touched me the most on this tour was a concert in the South were, reportedly for the first time, Muslim and Buddhist students attended and shared an event together and in full harmony, too." says Hucky Eichelmann.

More than 300 students participated in the workshops, which included topics such as guitar performance and composition techniques and practices. During the workshops students enjoyed the opportunity of practicing and demonstrating their performance skills.

Plans are already underway for the next Hucky Eichelmann Thailand tour in 2012. Who Hucky's partner will be is still not revealed but rumors have it that it might be Grammy Award nominee and 14-time British Jazz Award winner Martin Taylor.

Visit and/or for more news about the next mega-guitar event from AMI and Hucky. (PR)

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

CMU Fine Arts students go madiFesto

New Chiang Mai Ensemble

Thai Police announce pirated software raid results

Half the world’s pc users are regular software pirates

Cloud computing and the digital economy

The HUCKY Eichelmann - ANTHONY Garcia Thailand Tour