China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US President Barack Obama Greg BAKER / AFP

China's internet regulator has issued a report in which it has outlined plans to formalize a new cybersecurity review which would represent a new challenge for foreign tech firms in what has become an increasingly volatile market for the tech sector. It has been an exceptionally difficult year for US technology companies in China - Uber sold off its operations, Apple services were discontinued in some parts - while Microsoft faced a new inquiry.

Read more: China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US President Barack Obama Greg BAKER / AFP

Chinese authorities refuted allegations from the U.S. Defense Department - and insisted that its space program is aimed at bolstering the country's national development and security. The U.S. Defense Department expressed their fears over China's space strategy, claiming that it was pursuing space activities that were specifically designed to prevent adversaries from using space-based assets during a time of crisis.

Read more: China insist space program is for peaceful purposes - and aims to bolster national security

Police in Thailand have apprehended and arrested nine people on suspicion of hacking a number of government websites in recent days, which caused huge disruption to some services. It is believed that the hacking was conducted in response to a controversial cyber censorship law which was passed by government figures earlier this month.

Read more: Hackers arrested following passing of controversial cyber censorship law in Thailand

Facebook has specifically developed a censorship tool in order to try and force its way back into China. The social network empire was banned in China following the violence that broke out in Urumqi in July, 2009. The Chinese government took the decision to ban Facebook '“ after they established that many Xinjiang independence activists were using the social network to organise other activists.

Read more: Facebook develops censorship tool in bid to infiltrate Chinese market

A new global dialogue focused on getting the next 1.5 billion unconnected people online was forged at a special session of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development held at the World Economic Forum in Davos in late January.

Read more: Global initiative to connect another 1.5 billion to the Internet

Singapore's Ministry of Communications And Information (MCI) is to restructure the Infocommunications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to form the Infocommunications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and the Government Technology Organization (GTO), both to be formed in the second half of 2016.

Read more: Singapore to restructure comms and media bodies

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