Top ten ICT events of 2014

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The ICT Press Club announced the country’s top ten ICT events of 2014 at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 29. (Credit:
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NDO – The following are the 10 biggest information and communications technology (ICT) events according to more than 50 journalists from the ICT Press Club.

1. Fever of Flappy Bird game widespread all over the world

Flappy Bird, developed by 29 year-old Nguyen Ha Dong, has become the world’s leading mobile game conquering mobile game market shares with downloads on iOS and Android phones since January 2014. Though Dong removed the game from the global game market, Flappy Bird is still one of top 10 key words searched on Google in 2014 and Dong has been listed among 10 Internet millionaires by entertainment news site The Richest.

Flappy Bird game causes widespread fever.

2. VCCorp attacked by hackers, shutting down the system

Hackers attacked the Vietnam Communications Joint Stock Corporation (VCCorp) in October, causing the temporary shutdown of six online newspapers and estimated losses of VND20-30 billion (US$1.41 million).

3. Mobifone splited from Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) to become independent corporation

The major mobile network operator Mobifone was transferred to the Ministry of Information and Communications in June in the VNPT’s restructuring process.

4. Samsung becomes the largest foreign investor in Vietnam with US$3 billion added capital

A US$3 billion telephone-manufacturing and assembling plant was approved to be built in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, raising the group’s total investment to US$11.2 billion and making it the biggest investor in the country.

Inside a plant of Samsung in Vietnam

5. The Politburo issues Resolution No.36-NQ-TW replacing Directive No.58-CT/TW on IT application

The Resolution includes specific orientations for the country’s ICT development up to 2030, making the field an effective tool and important driving force to boost the development of the knowledge-based economy and to improve national competitiveness in the process of international integration.

6. The website closed permanently

The Ministry of Information and Communications permanently shut down the website, and imposed a fine of VND205 million (US$9,700) on APPVL Vietnam in October for several violations including unlicensed operation and provision of unlicensed online games and historical distortions.

7. Viet Hong Company detected selling of spy mobile softwares to thousands of customers

In June, relevant agencies dicovered Viet Hong Company had supplied over 14,000 mobile subscribers with spy software since June 2013 for the purposes of collecting personal information.

8. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung allows State agencies to use outsourced IT services

At the first plenary meeting of the National Committee on IT Application in June, PM Dung agreed to allow State-run agencies to use outsourced IT services, helping State-agencies cut costs and save time.

9. Uber Taxi service’s arrival arouses widespread controversy

Uber network launched its service in Ho Chi Minh City in July and started operating in Hanoi in October, triggering public debate. PM Dung has instructed the Ministry of Transportation to work with Ho Chi Minh City authorities to determine the service’s legitimacy.