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9 in 10 Filipinos value independent journalism – Reuters Institute survey

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:02 PM

63% believe it is the duty of journalists to call out lying and misleading politicians

After junking franchise, House panel wants to probe ABS-CBN property, digital TV

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:56 PM

The House committee on legislative franchises also recommends an inquiry on the sale of Philippine Depositary Receipts by all industries required to be 100% Filipino-owned, including media

Employees and supporters of media giant ABS CBN tropped to the House of Representatives to protest the franchise renewal of the network on July 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappelr

Only 1 in 5 Filipinos would miss local newspapers ‘a lot’ if these go bust

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:02 PM

Media advocates say collaboration and staying relevant can help community newspapers survive

ABS-CBN’s Big Dipper, Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation ‘not tax avoidance schemes’

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:13 PM

ABS-CBN Group chief financial officer Ricardo Tan also debunks allegations the network supposedly recorded a negative 5% effective tax rate in 2018

DEFENDING THE KAPAMILYA. ABS-CBN Group chief financial officer Ricardo Tan faces the House committees on legislative franchises, and good government and public accountability on July 1, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

Microsoft launches effort to teach 25 million people digital work skills

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Microsoft says it will back the effort with $20 million in cash grants to nonprofit organizations and tap into resources at developer-focused platform GitHub and career-oriented social network LinkedIn

DIGITAL SKILLS. Image from Microsoft

Start July with the next session of #IMMAP Web Wednesdays

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:29 PM

Don't miss this data-packed session on July 1, 6 pm

Interest in news high, but trust low in the Philippines – 2020 Digital News Report

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Filipinos' low trust in news could be due to the attacks that the media faced over the last year

WhatsApp launches first digital payments option

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The service starts in Brazil but will come to the rest of the world

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PLDT launches new package of business-grade internet and digital solutions

Jun 15, 2020 - 6:00 PM

BEYOND FIBER is a new service package with curated digital tools for e-payments and e-commerce solutions

PLDT Enterprise launches digital transformation program to help businesses

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:02 PM

The program aims to improve service delivery, employee engagement, and operational efficiency of their customers’ businesses

Facebook to label media orgs that may be under the influence of the government

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:06 AM

If a media outlet cannot ensure editorial independence, Facebook will put a label on their posts that indicate that they are state-controlled. Ads from those outlets will also be blocked later this year

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Google rejects call for huge Australian media payout

Jun 01, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Google's top executive in Australia says Google made barely Aus$10 million per year from news-linked advertising, a fraction of a government watchdog's estimates for the sector

GOOGLE. A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 21, 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

PLDT Enterprise lays groundwork for business resilience under ‘new normal’

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The telecommunications and digital services provider recognizes the role of technology not only in personal lives but also in businesses

How to strategize in digital media after coronavirus?

May 21, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The 'Web Wednesdays' session is on May 27, Wednesday, 6 pm. It is free and open to everyone.

[OPINION] The case for going cashless

May 19, 2020 - 3:06 PM

'India pressed a computer key to make the payments, while the Philippines walked a bag full of cash door to door'

Indonesia planning 10% tax on foreign digital services

May 18, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Products and services including video games, music and movie streaming could be subject to the levy, the Indonesian government says

Google, Gates Foundation join digital payments initiative

May 07, 2020 - 9:17 AM

The initiative aims to serve an estimated 1.7 billion people – from disadvantaged communities and the unbanked – who lack access to digital financial services

Digital video game spending hits record high under virus lockdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 2:27 PM

The closing of real-world stores due to the pandemic is cited as a factor in gamers purchasing more titles as digital downloads

GAMERS. File photo of Brazilian brothers Guilherme (right), 14, and Arthur, 11, watching professional players from the Loud YouTube channel play the mobile game Free Fire on Youtube, at their house in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:44 AM

'What we want to see is a level playing field. What we want to see here is a fair go for the companies, and for the journalistic content that is prepared,' says Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia

Google launches 'journalism relief fund,' following Facebook

Apr 16, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Google says its would give 'low thousands of dollars' for the smallest operations to 'low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms'

Globe, ABS-CBN, Summit Media join $5M funding round for livestreaming app Kumu

Apr 14, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Kumu intends to scale up operations and introduce new features with the Series A funding

KUMU. Photo from Kumu website

Moscow launches digital travel permits under lockdown

Apr 13, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The permit system, which will be operational from April 15, may be expanded to monitor people going out even within their local neighborhood, if needed, authorities said

THE COMMUTE. A woman wearing a face mask waits for a train at Nizhegorodskaya station of the Moscow Central Ring, a commuter rail line circling the city, in Moscow on April 8, 2020, during the strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Trends you should know about Gen Z and the online economy

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The first session of Web Wednesdays featured timely insights on digital shopping and insights from "The Future 100: 2020" report

Big divide in internet use in Philippines by age, education level – report

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:46 PM

A new Pew Research Center survey reveals considerable internet usage gaps among older and younger Filipinos, and those with low and high educational attainment

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Teachers brave digital classrooms as coronavirus closes schools

Mar 21, 2020 - 12:06 PM

Even in a school that already uses many tools of online communication, transitioning to online teaching does not come without challenges

Free digital marketing series 'Web Wednesdays' returns April 1

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:57 PM

IMMAP's "Web Wednesdays" series is free and open to everyone

Russian rideshare app Yandex.Taxi shares user data with police

Mar 12, 2020 - 5:15 PM

A police officer on trial for framing investigative reporter Ivan Golunov revealed he learned the journalist’s address by requesting his ride history from an app co-owned by Uber

Photo by Donat Sorokin/TASS via Getty Images for Coda Story

Grab for Good: Grab Philippines aims to help Filipinos thrive in the digital economy

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:47 AM

We sat down with Grab Philippines’ executives to talk about their mission to improve lives through tech

ROUNDTABLE: Helping kids keep up in the age of digital learning

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:12 AM

On Wednesday, February 5, 10 am join our discussion about today’s faster learning environment and what must parents do to help their children be ready for the future

Over 5,000 coronavirus studies archived in online directory

Feb 04, 2020 - 8:27 PM

While possibly illegal, the people responsible for the archiving project say there's a 'moral imperative' to make this information freely accessible rather than being paywalled

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa: 2020 is the year we must fight the battle for truth

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Ressa believes 2020 will be a decisive year for media and journalism both in the Philippines and around the world

Publishers fear fact checking isn't enough – report

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:28 PM

The Digital News Project 2020 says that journalists need to call out lies and half-truths, but are concerned that this may not have an impact

Western Digital shows off prototype 8TB external SSD at CES 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Also announced at CES 2020 are the Ultra Dual Drive Luxe, a flash drive with a dual connector drive setup, a gaming-friendly solid state drive, and some Xbox One-specific gaming hard drives

PROTOTYPE. Sandisk's new prototype is an 8 terabyte external solid state drive that fits in your pocket. Image adapted from SanDisk's Twitter.

[OPINION] Addressing privacy concerns to prevent sexual abuse

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Technology makes possible a balancing of the rights to privacy and safeguarding against the online sexual exploitation of children

Industry leaders ask the question: ‘How do you make a data-driven Philippines?’

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Over 150 industry leaders gathered for the country’s first-ever Data Leaders Summit

Google, Facebook business models threat to rights – Amnesty report

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The London-based organization argues that the current model of monetizing personal information imperils a gamut of rights including freedom of opinion and expression

New site looks to cover tech ‘for its own sake’

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Protocol is a new US-based media website that promises to focus on the people, power, and politics of tech

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Tech firms react to netizens' digital privacy concerns

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:31 PM

A slew of tech entrepreneurs are bidding to turn growing consciousness about the problem of online privacy abuses into a money-making industry

WEB SUMMIT. A man wears VR glasses during the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 6, 2019.Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

IMMAP wraps up its 6th Web Wednesdays session with insights on content monetization

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Web Wednesdays is a monthly webinar that aims to support digital education in the Philippines

DigiCon 2019 highlights bravery and digital transformation in the post-digital world

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Ready for DigiCon 2020? Tickets are on sale now!

Ace Saatchi & Saatchi duo wins IMMAP Digital Young Creatives competition

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:01 PM

They’ll be representing PH in the 2020 Cannes Young Lions Digital competition

A digital echo of the Khmer Rouge haunts phones in Cambodia

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A pattern of phone taps, leaks and arrests is reminding some Cambodians of Pol Pot’s tactics

Image for Coda Story by Nika Kobaidze

Study recommends PH regulatory changes for better access to mobile health apps

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:58 PM

Mobile health technologies may help make healthcare more accessible and affordable, according to new study 'Mobile Digital Health in the Philippines'

Image from PruLife

Google launches 'Digital Wellbeing' apps to help manage life with technology

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Google shares a set of new apps that are meant to help users find balance and order in using mobile phones and technologies in their lives

Image from Google

Silicon Valley visionaries headline DigiCon 2019

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Get to see Patty McCord, co-author of the Netflix Culture Deck, among others!

Creating the next digital pros: IMMAP holds Digital Youth Congress 2019

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Gen Z may have been born into digital. But can they tell why and how things work in this landscape?

Grab partners with Microsoft for digital literacy initiative

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The partnership is meant to upskill millions of Southeast Asians for the new digital economy

GRAB FOR GOOD. Grab announces a digital literacy initiative with Microsoft as part of its Grab for Good program. Photo by Kyle Chua

Amazon digital assistant Alexa gets into your head

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Amazon brings smart assistant Alexa to glasses, earbuds, and a ring in new hardware announcements

SMART GLASSES. Echo Frames eyeglass frames infused with voice-commanded digital assistant Alexa are pictured at at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle on September 25, 2019. Photo by Glenn CHAPMAN / AFP

Google deals blow to EU copyright law in France

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Google says it will not pay European media outlets for displaying their articles, pictures and videos in search results in France, in defiance of a new EU copyright law

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on September 3, 2019 the US multinational technology and internet-related services company Google logo, is displayed on a tablet screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

#2030NOW: Disinformation interventions beyond literacy

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The problem of disinformation requires solutions that look at the root of what makes people susceptible to them in the first place

SGS 2019 Digital huddle. September 21, 2019.