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INTERNET: Chinese and Portuguese domain names available this year

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The Chief Operations Officer of HNET.Asia, the managing company of the Macao Network Information Centre – which is responsible for managing and registering Macau’s domain names – said that the Centre would provide Chinese and Portuguese domain names within the year. He made the statement during the opening of the Internet governance forum (IGF).
“Macau will provide Chinese and Portuguese domain names. We are currently drafting the regulations. I expect it will happen in the near future, possibly within the year,” said COO Holmes Leong.
Mr Leong also commented on Internet development in Macau and the issue of cyber attacks. “Relatively speaking, Macau is many years behind Hong Kong. It was once said that the gap (between Hong Kong and Macau) was 10 years. Now we are still 3 to 4 years behind.”
Amid the increasing cyber attacks on governments around the world, Leong said that methods used are evolving every day, and must be prevented through education. “Frankly, we all know that people were not familiar with the Internet and the development of information technology. However, nowadays we can connect to the Internet easily through smartphones. This has turned the Internet into a widespread and user-friendly [technology]. The fact is that we have made a huge effort in IT education. The cyber attacks that we have heard of, including data leakage, are influenced by both human and technical factors. We can control and improve upon the technical issues. But it is very difficult to control for human error. We have to make improvements through education. It is not only in Hong Kong and Macau, but also globally, that we have to learn how to better manage the usage of information technology, and ensure users take the necessary precautions when handling confidential documents.”
The COO also said that it is mostly human error that creates problems surrounding the Internet. He used the news reports on information leakage as examples, suggesting that there has to be a monitoring mechanism to prevent sensitive and confidential data being lost or stolen.
Furthermore, Mr Leong claimed that cyber attacks are a global problem and learning how to handle them is essential. “All parts of the world are facing this problem. The question is what to do before and after the incidents. The most important point is to prevent these incidents. But you just can’t prevent some of them from happening. Therefore, you have to minimize the level of catastrophe caused by these incidents, and maximize the speed of recovery.” He commented that Internet users should be educated about the possible risks of using hi-tech products such as smartphones. He wanted the IGF to be an opportunity for residents to learn about using technology wisely.  JPL

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