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Distorted Chinese, Russian virus news takes root in West – study

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Whether it's distorted coverage or conspiracy theories, articles written in French and German by foreign state media are resonating widely on Facebook and Twitter, often with their origins unclear, the Oxford Internet Institute says

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

No internet, no problem: Teachers in Chile take class to students

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Approximately 70% of Dream House School's 101 pupils are Mapuche, an indigenous people who live in Chile and Argentina. Most don't own computers and even fewer have access to the internet.

VAN SCHOOL. Cesar Mendez attends a lesson with his teacher Osmin Flores in a school van used as mobile classroom, outside his house in Catripulli, Carahue, Cautin province, Araucania region, Chile, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Mario Quilodran/AFP

With hotlines hampered, complaints flood PLDT, Globe social media pages

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:26 AM

(UPDATED) With hotlines still undermanned because of the pandemic, users complain on PLDT and Globe's Facebook pages about not being able to get actual human help, slow response, and automated responses that don't address issues

WATCH: Businesses are inspired to look BEYOND

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:32 PM

As more businesses migrate online, PLDT Enterprise launches BEYOND FIBER to bring digital transformation to the remote working environment

PLDT, international partners to build new Asia-Pacific submarine cable

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Japan's NEC Corporation has been selected to construct the 9,400-kilometer long cable, expected to be completed by the 4th quarter of 2022

ADC CABLE. The new cable runs from Japan as its northernmost point to Singapore, its southernmost. Image from PLDT

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.

Roberto Verzola, ‘Father of Philippine email,’ dies

May 07, 2020 - 7:47 AM

Other than information technology, he was also in the forefront in various advocacies, such as intellectual property rights, genetic engineering, election automation, and renewable energy back when hardly anyone else were talking about them

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Loon internet balloons take flight in Kenya

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Alphabet subsidiary Loon marks its first commercial service, about 7 years since it became an official project at the company

LOON. A Loon internet ballon in flight. Photo from Loon blog/Medium

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

Internet overseers seek crackdown on coronavirus website scams

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:48 AM

A new report says that in March, at least 100,000 new website names were registered using terms such as 'covid,' 'corona,' and 'virus'

Smart provides Wi-Fi at new coronavirus healthcare facilities

Apr 06, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The new locations are the Ninoy Aquino Stadium at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Philippine International Convention Center Tent, and the World Trade Center

NINOY AQUINO STADIUM. The sports has been converted to a temporary healthcare facility during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo from Smart

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

Image from Shutterstock

National Emergency Library lets users freely borrow 1.4M books

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:21 PM

The National Emergency Library seeks to fulfill the 'unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials' during the coronavirus pandemic

NATIONAL EMERGENCY LIBRARY. Foreground image from the Internet Archive.

15% to 20% data traffic increase in 1st week of quarantine – PLDT

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:11 PM

An increase in calls and text messages is also observed

Netflix to reduce stream quality in Europe to avoid internet overload

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:54 AM

The streaming giant says it will 'begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe for 30 days'

NETFLIX. This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US Online Streaming giant Netflix logo application on the screen of a tablet.  Martin Bureau/AFP

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

U.S. drops case against Russian firm accused of 2016 election meddling

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The case is against the company controlled by a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin that allegedly funded the campaign to meddle in the 2016 elections

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

How much time is acceptable for a telco to fix a bad connection?

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Transparency on details about their support teams might diffuse tension in a customer, and lessen the stress of the workers involved

The internet is not safe

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:34 PM

It's time we discuss some of the running issues that necessitate an actual Safer Internet Day for both kids and adults

[OPINYON] Sampung panata ko sa birtwal na pakikipag-ugnayan sa kapwa

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Papanig ako sa katotohanan. Uungkatin ko ang katotohanan. Ito ang batayan ng aking pagpapahayag.

PH Internet pioneer Benjie Tan dies

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Benije Tan is credited as the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet in 1994

PIONEER. Benjamin 'Benjie' Tan is the engineer who connected the Philippines to the Internet for the first time in 1994. Screenshot from DICT video

Activists fear censorship as Russia tests internet for 'security'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Russia troubleshoots its internet system to prevent cyberattacks, but activists fear of more censorship to come

CYBERSECURITY. Moscow seeks to protect its internet system from attacks. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

[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

[OPINION] Rethinking procedures to prevent child sexual abuse

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:23 PM

A review of the context within which child sexual abuse is committed in the Philippines gives us a chance to rethink our approach in the treatment of offenders and, in the process, also help the survivors

Tim Berners-Lee: web inventor's plan to save the internet is admirable, but doomed to fail

Nov 30, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Is the world doomed to endure a 'digital dystopia,' or could Berners-Lee’s plan ensure the internet remains a common good?

TIM BERNERS-LEE. World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee delivers a speech during an event marking 30 years of World Wide Web, on March 12, 2019 at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Iran to unblock internet once 'abuse' stops – government

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:07 PM

'The internet will come back gradually in some provinces where there are assurances the internet will not be abused,' government spokesman Ali Rabiei says

NO INTERNET. A man holds a smartphone in his hand while riding a motorcycle along a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 17, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Internet restricted in protest-hit Iran – report

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:33 AM

'Access to the internet has been limited as of last night and for the next 24 hours,' an informed source at the information and telecommunications ministry says, quoted by the ISNA news agency

NO INTERNET IN IRAN. A man holds a smartphone connected to a Wifi network without internet access at an office in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 17, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/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!

Iraq cuts internet again amid renewed protests

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Cyber security NGO NetBlocks says that the blackout is 'the most severe telecommunication restriction to have been imposed by Iraq's government since protests began' on October 1

PROTESTS. Iraqi national flags flutter during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad's Tahrir square on November 5, 2019. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Disinformation, surveillance growing threats to democracy – Freedom House

Nov 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

An annual report on online freedom by Freedom House finds evidence of 'advanced social media surveillance programs' in at least 40 of 65 countries analyzed

Controversial Russian law to control internet enters force

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The law, which President Vladimir Putin signed in May, requires Russian internet providers to install technical devices provided by the authorities to enable centralized control of traffic

File photo by AFP

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

Internet service providers fail to report sites transmitting child porn – DSWD

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:22 PM

As per the Anti-Child Pornography Act, internet service providers are mandated to report to the police any obtained knowledge of child porn distribution or access using their servers

REMOTELY DAMAGING. 80% of children are at risk of being sexually exploited online. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

China talks up tech prowess in face of U.S. rivalry

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The head of the Communist Party of China's propaganda department says Beijing seeks to be a 'great power' in cyberspace

People take photos in an installation called A-Museum during the 6th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town in the city of Tongxiang in Zhejiang province on October 20, 2019 (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

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?

Moscow vows to retaliate over new 'anti-Russian' U.S. sanctions

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The Russian foreign ministry says the new US sanctions on several Russians – including a businessman tied to President Vladimir Putin and a disinformation operation accused of conspiring to manipulate the US 2018 midterm election – 'will not go unanswered'

Russian soldiers rehearse ahead of a forthcoming parade on Red Square in Moscow on November 5, 2017. The event will take place on November 7, marking the 76th anniversary of a 1941 parade, when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War Two. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

IXS is offering enterprises discounted rates on dedicated fiber internet

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The promo is open only to the first 9 subscribers

Things and objects the iPhone 11 cameras have been compared to

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:38 AM

Anime eyes, spider eyes, shavers, stoves – you name it, and Twitter's got it

IPHONE 11 PRO. Photo from Apple

'NBA 2K20' review bombed on Steam, Metacritic

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The popular sports title is currently a target of negative review bombing on the online store and the reviews aggregator

NBA 2K20. Image from 2K Sports

Indonesia starts restoring internet access in unrest-hit Papua

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The government says it started lifting the internet blockade in some 29 of 42 districts across Papua late on Wednesday, September 4

PAPUA PEACE. Indonesian activists gather in Surabaya on September 2, 2019, to promote peace in Indonesia's Papua region. File photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Here are our favorite Instagram puppers in celebration of International Dog Day

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:26 PM

These are some of the cutest dogs we follow on Instagram

INSTAGRAM DOGS. Some of the most popular dog accounts on Instagram have become internet sensations with more than a million followers. Photos from Instagram/@mayapolarbear and @tuckerbudzyn

Download speeds in Metro Manila about 73% faster than Cebu, Davao – Opensignal

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The firm reports overall download speeds of 11.6Mbps in Metro Manila, 7.9Mbps in Angeles, 6.7Mbps in Davao, 6.6Mbps in Cebu, and 6.4Mbps in Cagayan de Oro

Cuba expands internet access, but under a very wary eye

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The telecommunications sector in Cuba – once one of the world's least connected countries – is changing more than any other in the past year

CUBA ONLINE. Young Cubans connect to internet from their mobile phone in Havana, on June 6, 2019. Photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

Internet cutoff in Myanmar's Rakhine enters fifth week

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Authorities say the internet was being used to coordinate operations while rights groups allege the blackout permits troops to act with impunity

Internet on mobile services restored in Sudan

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Protesters and rights group say the internet blockade is an attempt to quell protests against the generals

INTERNET BLOCKADE. Khartoum-based lawyer Abdelazim al-Hassan, who filed a case against a blockade imposed on mobile internet services in the wake of a brutal crackdown on protesters in June, gives a press conference in the Sudanese capital on July 9, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

United Nations fears Myanmar human rights abuses in internet shutdown

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military's 'clearance operations' can be a 'cover for committing gross human rights violations against the civilian population,' UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee says

THE MYANMAR SITUATION. University professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on January 25, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Internet blackout imposed on Myanmar's restive Rakhine state

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Internet services are being used to coordinate illegal activities, said Myanmar's Ministry of Transport and Communications

NO DATA. Mobile internet across Rakhine state has been turned off. AFP file photo