Digital News Asia
Digital News Asia (DNA) is an independent news portal that covers the ICT ecosystem, including industry and public policy issues, entrepreneurs, startups, movers and shakers in the industry and business trends, especially how Digital Disruption is affecting traditional businesses.
Besides the portal, it also has a twice monthly radio show on BFM in Kuala Lumpur and a Tech Talk segment on Bloomberg TV Malaysia.
It went live in May, 2012 and covers Kuala Lumpur, Singapore (Sept 2014) and Jakarta (Sept 2015) with full time journalists and editors, with coverage in more capital cities to come.
Who we are: A group of respected and award-winning technology and business journalists.
Why we are doing this: We want to see the ICT ecosystem in South-East Asia grow and develop and believe we can help it by providing insightful and analytical coverage without fear and favour in these countries.
We aim to be the Fourth Estate for the tech ecosystem in the countries we cover.
What we do: DNA will provide coverage on industry issues, business models, public policy, entrepreneurs, startups and funding, new technology as well as business trends and developments, research and ground-breaking projects, and last but not least, profiles on the movers and shakers in the industry.
There will be an emphasis on enterprise tech, but from a customer and not a vendor viewpoint, including how organisations are using ICT to address business concerns and objectives.
How we are doing it: Primarily through the content on this website. DNA will also publish special reports and white papers, and will organise forums and roundtables on issues of interest to the ICT ecosystem.
Who should read us:
Those interested in tech news and developments in general, including decision-makers in both the ICT industry as well as their customers.
Students and faculty in the computer science, engineering, maths and digital multimedia fields will also find value in DNA.
Senior business leaders in the tech and telco space.
Leadership teams in all type of brick and mortar companies that wish to understand the Digital Disruption that is happening today.
CFOs and CMOs across all industries where technology adoption is a competitive necessity and where smart technology adoption can be a competitive differentiator.
Karamjit Singh (Founder/ CEO)
Karamjit Singh first joined The Edge, Malaysia’s premier business publication, in 1995 and covered a number of areas before specialising in the telecommunications sector.
In 2000, with the increasing convergence of computer and telecommunications technologies and the Multimedia Super Corridor’s continued expansion, he was transferred to the weekly’s nascent email@example.com pullout. Within seven months, he was appointed editor of the highly-regarded pullout, a position he held until March, 2012. For five years, he was also editor of a bi-monthly pullout, SMEs Going Global, in The Edge.
Along the way, he has picked up a few awards, starting with the Malaysian Press Institute award for Best Telecommunications Writer (English category) in 2002, the DiGi Telecommunications Journalist of the Year (Magazine Category) 2004, to the most recent one in 2009 from the Malaysian Customer Relationship Management and Contact Centre Association as Journalist of the Year in recognition of his informative and critical coverage of the outsourcing sector since 2000.
Over the course of his career, Karamjit’s name has become synonymous with firstname.lastname@example.org. He has come to be regarded by industry and peers as one of the nation’s most respected journalists and pundits, and is frequently invited to speak or moderate at conferences and roundtables.
Karamjit founded Digital News Asia with a vision that media should play its role as the Fourth Estate, and on the belief that timely, insightful and analytical coverage can help the tech ecosystem in South-East Asia, especially Malaysia, grow and develop.
Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/karamjitdna
A. Asohan (Executive Editor/ Cofounder)
A. Asohan spent 18 years as a technology journalist with The Star, Malaysia’s No 1 English daily. He was the editor of the newspaper’s popular In.Tech pullout until 2005, when he was posted to Bangkok as the editor of the Asia News Network (ANN), a coalition of English newspapers in Asia which includes The Star as a member.
At ANN, he was responsible for leading the redesign of the ANN website and the launch of its weekly regional newsmagazine, AsiaNews. In 2007 he returned to The Star to take charge of its digital media operations, a role which included exploring non-print and social media opportunities for the newspaper. He held this position until 2010 to take over as the senior public relations manager at Microsoft Malaysia.
He left the industry to return to journalism, forming Digital News Asia with former colleagues in the technology journalism field. He continues to contribute articles to The Star, and has contributed to ANN member newspapers and The Malaysian Insider, an independent news portal.
He can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asohan or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/Asohan
Edwin Yapp (Contributing Editor/ Cofounder)
Edwin Yapp is an award-winning fulltime journalist and runs his own editorial consultancy, inSight Editorial Services. He has been the Malaysian correspondent/blogger for technology portal ZDNet Asia, a sister website of the famed CNET News.com, now a division of CBS Interactive.
A trained engineer who used to work for a leading mobile network operator, he began his writing career at The Star, Malaysia’s No 1 English daily, where he spent five years covering the ICT and enterprise technology field, primarily with In.Tech, the newspaper’s technology pull-out.
Edwin has been the contributing editor to The Edge’s technology pullout, email@example.com, and has written for other local magazines such as Business Today, Personal Money, Enterprise Innovation, Computerworld, MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Malaysian Business, Accounting and Business, and Travel 3Sixty, Air Asia’s in-flight magazine. He is also a columnist with The Malaysian Insider and Selangor Times, and has participated in BFM's Tech Talk in the early days of the station's existence as a weekly guest, touching on enterprise technology.
Edwin has also won a number of awards for his contribution to the telecommunication industry, including bagging the DiGi Best Online Article in 2003 and 2005. He can be found on Twitter occasionally at www.twitter.com/yedwin01.
Keith Liu (Editor, Singapore)
Singapore-based Keith Liu spent 12 years in the broadcast media industry covering news, current affairs and technology, and also worked for eight years embedded in the trenches of technology giants Nokia and Lenovo.
During his time in Malaysia's TV3, he and his team pioneered technology journalism for television with Cyberwave. He then moved on to cover regional business news on Asia Business News (ABN), which eventually became CNBC Asia. Keith took the helm of the station's technology coverage with dot.com, e and Generation e as editor and anchor.
He then spent the next half of his career in mobile games and services development, hardware business development, mobile payments, sales operations and marketing in the areas of tablets and smartphones, as part of his journey in the corporate jungle.
Keith is an ardent videogames collector and a big fan of health and fitness technology, having helped hundreds of people lead healthier lives in his spare time.
Goh Thean Eu (Editor)
Goh Thean Eu spent more than eight years in Business Times (BT), the business segment of the New Straits Times, and had short stints as assistant vice president (Digital Editor) at Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd and as a senior writer at Focus Malaysia, a business weekly.
During his time with BT, Thean Eu covered major events related to the telecommunications and the technology sectors. Among the stories he broke were Telekom Malaysia's plan to dispose of its payphone business, U Mobile terminating its domestic roaming deal with Celcom, SK Telekom buying a key stake in Packet One, and more.
He has also won the first prize in Print Journalism for Newspapers (English) category in the annual awards organised by DiGi.
Benjamin Cher (Reporter, Singapore)
Benjamin Cher spent a year at a boutique public relations (PR) agency managing technology clients and dabbling in financial PR.
An avid reader and follower of technology, his exposure to a major systems integrator showed him that there was more exciting technology out there. Deciding that it is more interesting to write about technology than about clients, he decided to take the leap and join Digital News Asia.
Benjamin brings local insights and an intimate knowledge of Singapore’s quirks to the team.
Masyitha Baziad (Technology Correspondent, Jakarta)
Masyitha Baziad started her journalism career with CNN International, Jakarta Bureau in 2010, covering a broad range of issues before focusing on economics, business and foreign affairs.
She then moved to print journalism by joining the Jakarta bureau of Nikkei Japan in 2011, where she covered, amongst others, major events like the Asean Summit in 2011, Apec 2013, and the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference.
She was most recently the news anchor leading the economics and business segment in Indonesian morning show Net TV, where she got to indulge her long-time passion for technology and entrepreneurship by covering Indonesian startups and young entrepreneurs, as well as venture capitalists and accelerators.
Ervina Anggraini (Technology Correspondent, Jakarta)
Ervina Anggraini started in print journalism for Trend & Telecommunication in 2010, then two years later moved to Liputan6.com where she major events related to the technology and telecommunication sectors.
She broke out of her comfort zone by joining Kapanlagi Network (dream.co.id), dedicated to the Muslim lifestyle, but left to complete her Master’s in Communications, focusing on Media and Business Industry.
Deciding that covering technology was more challenging than writing about lifestyle issues, Ervina took the leap and joined DNA.