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Asian 'splinternet' threatens cross-border data collaboration

Why digital protectionism damages Asia's economic growth, innovation and security

| Vietnam
An internet user looks at a Facebook page at a cafe in Hanoi: digital protectionism is on the rise.   © Reuters

Simon Milner is Facebook's vice president for public policy, Asia-Pacific.

Today, any small Vietnamese company can quickly and economically market its products to new customers in Thailand using cloud computing services from Europe. That's a win-win-win, and it is made possible thanks to data flowing seamlessly across borders to where it can be most efficiently processed.

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