Seri in the news

30 June 2021

THIS International Day of Parliamentarism is an opportunity to celebrate parliaments, as the cornerstone of democracy, and as an institution which hasbeen deliberately founded to advance, enhance,and safeguard the rakyat .COVID-19 has increased the need for a strong and effective parliament.  Read more.

28 June 2021

THE announcement by the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) last week that Malaysia had surpassed the 250,000 level of daily doses administered could not have come at a better time. Hot on the tail of better vaccine dissemination are concerns that more contagious SARS-CoV-2 variants are leading to an increase in the number of cases and deaths Read more.

22 June 2021

Malaysia’s Prime Minister launched the Malaysia Digital Economy blueprint in February this year, with the view to transform Malaysia into a digitally-driven, high income nation, as well as a regional leader in digital economy. With MyDigital now, many are reminded of the multimedia super corridor or MSC, the previous national blueprint which wanted to transform Malaysia into a knowledge-based economy modelled after the Silicon Valley. Read more.

Malaysian think tank SERI is backing the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy’s call to develop policy guidance to enable trusted government access to personal data held by the private sector.  Read more.

27  May 2021

AS Malaysia battles with a pandemic spiralling out of control, we debate between two difficult choices — impose a full lockdown or risk collapsing an already overburdened healthcare system and its team of dedicated frontliners. Read more.

26 May 2021

Across countries, contact-tracing applications have been effective in identifying Covid-19 patients and reducing Covid-19 clusters. They have enabled businesses to resume operations more quickly, thanks to real-time updates on the Covid-19 situation.

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24 May 2021

In line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint and MyDIGITAL that were launched on Feb 19, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently announced the Bersama Malaysia initiative by Microsoft. This includes a data centre region investment, commitment to skill one million Malaysians by the end of 2023, collaboration across public and private sectors, and a partnership with the Social & Economic Research Initiative (SERI) to form the MyDIGITAL Alliance Leadership Council.  Read more.

24 May 2021

In an effort to build up Malaysia’s digital workforce, Microsoft and the Social and Economic Research Initiative (SERI) have formed a MyDIGITAL Alliance Leadership Council as part of the “Bersama Malaysia” initiative.  Read more.

24 May 2021

Microsoft will work with the government, startups and enterprises to support the country’s digital transformation goals. Specifically, Microsoft in partnership with the Social & Economic Research Initiative (SERI) has established the MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council to collaborate on cloud-first and digital-native policy recommendations. The Alliance’s first meeting discussed digitalization in the education sector to nurture a globally competitive Malaysian digital workforce. Read more.

19 April 2021

Specifically, Microsoft in partnership with the Social & Economic Research Initiative (SERI) has established the MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council to collaborate on cloud-first and digital-native policy recommendations," he said. Raman said the alliance’s first meeting discussed digitalisation in the education sector to nurture a globally competitive Malaysian digital workforce. Read more.

19 April 2021

While it may seem an odd choice for a health column, the Covid-19 pandemic has not only illustrated the many ways in which digital technology has impacted our lives, but also accelerated its adoption. The healthcare sector is one of the key areas that will continue to digitally evolve in many ways.  Read more.

29 March 2021

23 March 2021

Covid-19 has forced educational, social, and economic interactions into online spaces. Through this blueprint, we aimed to digitalise our public sector, build digital infrastructure, develop our workforce to be digital-ready, boost our economy, and foster a more inclusive society.  Read more.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 revealed that gender parity will not be attained for 99.5 years. While women in Malaysia excel in education and healthcare, women continue to lag behind men in economic and political participation. Despite women comprising 7 in 10 of our frontliners, for every RM100 in salaries and wages received by men, women only receive RM94.07. Read more.

8 March 2021

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 revealed that gender parity will not be attained for 99.5 years. While women in Malaysia excel in education and healthcare, women continue to lag behind men in economic and political participation. Despite women comprising 7 in 10 of our frontliners, for every RM100 in salaries and wages received by men, women only receive RM94.07. Read more.

1 March 2021

What I find to be really scary is we just don’t know the full extent of the use cases that are going to come out of this trove of data that is now in the government’s hands. I’m reminded of the Singaporean government’s own contact-tracing app, whereby the authorities assured the public that it would only use the data for contact tracing purposes. Read more.

1 February 2021

7  January  2021

Up to 95 per cent of blind children do not attend school. This is primarily due to the lack of skilled teachers and limited access to Braille materials or equipment. For adults, Braille skills dramatically increase opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment, but employers are often unaware of the need for basics such as Braille paper or keyboards. Read more.

Braille, assistive tech, and inclusion: Connecting the dots

6 January  2021

Up to 95% of blind children do not attend school. This is primarily due to the lack of skilled teachers and limited access to Braille materials or equipment. For adults, Braille skills dramatically increase opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment, but employers are often unaware of the need for basics such as Braille paper or keyboards. Read more.

24 December  2020

As the digital divide threatens to become a digital chasm, Malaysia continues to depend on fiberisation, which tends to be cost-intensive and time-consuming compared with other technologies that have the potential to complement fiberisation efforts. One such example is using white spaces, the unused frequencies in the broadcast spectrum, to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Read more.

30 November 2020

Many people believe that emails and mobile-phone messages are sent through satellites. However, satellites account for less than 5% of information transmission. The remaining 95% of the world’s voice and data traffic rely on undersea cable networks. Read more.

6 October 2020

"There must be quick implementation of a Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order with strict compliance, irrespective of individuals involved,” said Helmy Haja Mydin, a respiratory doctor and head of think tank Social and Economic Research Initiative."

THERE is no doubt that we are facing a public health crisis. News is pouring in daily on the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, leading to higher utilisation of intensive care unit beds as well as higher number of deaths. The healthcare system is under strain, with infrastructure and frontliners reaching maximal capacity. Read more.

25 July 2021