John C. Tanner

John C. Tanner

John is editor of Disruptive.Asia and was previously managing editor at Telecom Asia. He has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. He has two degrees in telecommunications and has worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.

Jio’s 4G gimmick could be a violation of net neutrality rules

Jio’s 4G gimmick could be a violation of net neutrality rules

Written by on August 2, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Reliance Jio’s decision to follow up its free data gimmick with a free 4G feature phone has raised questions about whether the phone is a violation of net neutrality. The so-called JioPhone is a low-cost feature phone that Jio will offer for a refundable deposit of 1,500 rupees (a little over $23), with the basic objectively of […]

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The net neutrality debate in the US: the shouting gets louder

The net neutrality debate in the US: the shouting gets louder

Written by on July 27, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Net neutrality is back in the headlines in the US, and for the most part, it’s boring. Which is not to say that it isn’t newsworthy – the FCC is reversing a major policy that will have a major impact on both broadband access services and OTT services. That’s obviously a big deal. But both […]

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Fake news is cyber propaganda, a weapon in the information wars

Fake news is cyber propaganda, a weapon in the information wars

Written by on July 5, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Fake news isn’t just dumb Facebook memes: it’s a business model, and just one aspect of a broader trend of public opinion manipulation, says a new Trend Micro report. Thanks primarily to last year’s US presidential election, we hear a lot now about fake news – not the kind that Donald Trump typically refers to […]

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Alert: VoLTE services are growing and so are the security flaws

Alert: VoLTE services are growing and so are the security flaws

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Researchers for a French security company have published a research paper detailing security flaws in VoLTE that they say could allow hackers to spoof phone numbers and track callers. According to Bleeping Computer, the flaws described in the paper can be exploited by an attacker using an Android smartphone: Researchers say they identified both […]

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AI is quite good at some things, but terrible at others

AI is quite good at some things, but terrible at others

Written by on June 12, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Despite all the hype over artificial intelligence as the driving force of all kinds of digital technologies – from virtual reality to self-driving cars – the truth is that current AI is very limited in its usefulness, and we’ve got a long way to go before it can live up to that hype. That was the […]

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Laptop travel ban may be extended, secure your data anyway

Laptop travel ban may be extended, secure your data anyway

Written by on June 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

When the US first announced new rules that banned laptops and tablets from aircraft cabins on international flights to and from select Middle East countries, my colleague Tony Poulos predicted that the laptop ban would eventually be expanded to all flights in and out of the US. Turns out he may have been right. Mind […]

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The Broadband Forum and why telcos don’t ‘get’ Open Source

The Broadband Forum and why telcos don’t ‘get’ Open Source

Written by on June 2, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The Broadband Forum says it is making good headway on Cloud Central Office (CloudCO), the first project in its overall attempt to marry broadband access technologies and open source, but it hasn’t been easy, admits forum CEO Robin Mersh – not least because telcos are still wary of open-source, and in some cases don’t really […]

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Fraudsters using old SS7 and SMS flaws to steal from your bank account

Fraudsters using old SS7 and SMS flaws to steal from your bank account

Written by on May 16, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: Cyber criminals are reportedly exploiting long-existing security flaws in the SS7 signaling network to hack SMS-based two-factor authentication for banking services and successfully steal money from their customers. That’s according to Motherboard, citing a report in a German newspaper: In short, the issue with SS7 is that the network believes whatever you tell it. SS7 […]

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The ad blocker wars are about hearts and minds, not weapons

The ad blocker wars are about hearts and minds, not weapons

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Opinion with 1 Comment

Cyber security is often described as an arms race between hackers and everyone else – you create a defense, hackers think up a way around it, you beef up your defenses, etc and so on. The same can also be said of ad blockers. A number of companies are coming up with clever ways for […]

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Musk and Zuckerberg: not mad, just wildly optimistic on brain interface

Musk and Zuckerberg: not mad, just wildly optimistic on brain interface

Written by on April 26, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg want to connect your brain to your computer and your Facebook page. The problem isn’t the technology but their timelines. We’ve heard in the past week plans by Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to connect your brain to your computer and your Facebook page, respectively. Which would normally get you laughed […]

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