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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

Internet in Ethiopia hit by week-old cuts

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Cherer Aklilu, executive director of the state monopoly Ethio Telecom, declines to give any details to explain the break

NO INTERNET. Kaleb Alemayehu, the owner of an internet cafe in the city of Adama, southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, checks a computer on April 4, 2018. File photo by Solan Kolli/AFP

New Converge connections available as firm completes upgrades

Jun 03, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Converge ICT says it will be able to accommodate more users after completing its 400 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) backbone rollout in May


Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

May 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed

A Pew Research Center survey shows Filiipinos have blocked people online due to their political beliefs.

Trade association brings first Digital Youth Congress to Cebu

May 07, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Digital YouthCon is also launching first Sprint: Digital Marketing and Creative Student Competition

Promo: Sky Fiber plans at double speed for 1st 6 months of subscription

May 07, 2019 - 1:57 PM

New subscribers can get twice the speed for the 10 Mbps, 25 Mbps, and 50 Mbps plans


Putin signs controversial internet law

May 02, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The law, which will come into effect in November, will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet

RUSSIA'S INTERNET LAW. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Globe data services restored after 7-hour interruption

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:44 AM

A nationwide disruption of the Globe internet services lasts from 1:30 am to 8 am, Friday, April 12


Russian MPs approve controversial bill restricting internet

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The proposed measures, set to take effect November 1 once it becomes a formal law, would create technology to monitor internet routing and steer Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers

Breaking the internet: new regulations imperil global network

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:41 AM

As governments attempt to regulate the internet, experts say that this will only lead to further splintering of the internet, with countries having their own 'version' far removed from the original vision of having one global network

Illustration by Ken Bautista/Rappler


Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Apr 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Facebook, Google, and Twitter, says there may be 'significant risks to freedom of expression and speech'

Amazon planning to launch 3,236 satellites to provide internet connectivity

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:07 AM

'Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of low earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,' Amazon says

AMAZON. Amazon on April 4, 2019 confirmed it is working on a project to deploy a network of satellites for high-speed internet service in underserved parts of the world. AFP photo


PLDT Enterprise aims to stay at the forefront of innovation in 2019

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:13 PM

The group is focusing on 5G evolution, the Internet of Things (IoT), and ICT as major enablers in the Philippines’ digital transformation

Zimbabwe drifts toward online darkness

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Ordinary Zimbabweans face a new era of repression from surveillance systems created in China and Japan

ZIMBABWE ONLINE. Photo by Getty Images/AFP

Why isn't Converge in Ookla's speed test report? Ookla explains

Mar 18, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Converge has 400,000 tests, Ookla says, but that isn't enough for them to qualify in the company's Speedtest Awards

'Brain orgasms'? The ASMR relaxation trend seducing the internet

Mar 16, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Book tapping, mic brushing, eating, whispering – what's your favorite ASMR trigger?

Thai junta chief says cybersecurity bill not used to 'tap' phones

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Thailand's junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha says: 'When I talk about cybersecurity, don't get this confused with human rights... No one will tap phone calls of others'

After protests, Kremlin insists it's not moving to restrict internet

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'No one is suggesting cutting the internet or limiting the opportunity to work on the World Wide Web,' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says

INTERNET FREEDOM. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Thousands protest Russia's 'internet isolation'

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The mass protest in Moscow comes after the Russian lower house of parliament backed a bill preventing Russian internet traffic from being routed on foreign servers

Globe argues service is defined by overall quality, not just speed

Mar 07, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Globe says it 'continues to improve customers’ overall quality of experience and not just speed'


Mobile speed in Philippines 'still below most of developed world' – report

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:15 PM

This is the second report this week that shows Smart being ahead of Globe in terms of mobile internet speeds

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler


PLDT, Smart have fastest fixed and mobile internet in Q3, Q4 2018 – report

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:55 PM

PLDT and Smart retain the Speed Test crown in Ookla's latest report


As the web turns 30, is it an 'out-of-control monster?'

Mar 04, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Three decades after he invented the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee warns his creation has been 'hijacked by crooks' that may spell its destruction

TIM BERNERS-LEE. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee from the Web Foundation addresses the opening ceremony of the 2018 edition of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon on November 5, 2018. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Philippines, UK, Australia launch center vs online child exploitation

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Most child exploitation cases involve Filipino children and men from other countries. Authorities hope to stop this 'increasingly prevalent' crime.

NEW CENTER. The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center is inaugurated at the Philippine National Police national headquarters Camp Crame. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Russia rolls out fast internet to islands Japan claims

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Tokyo protests against the laying of the cable on the disputed chain known as the Kuril Islands in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan

Tech today: Globe esports team, new Gmail right-click options, Russia going offline

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Globe's new team is called Liyab with squads for 'League of Legends,' 'Hearthstone,' and 'Arena of Valor'

LIYAB TEAM. Photo from Globe

Startup uses math puzzles to trap malicious bots in infinite loop

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Kasada's goal is to exhaust the resources of bot operators and reduce the viability of malicious bot operations

European telecoms' dilemma: Huawei or the highway?

Feb 03, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Experts say Huawei is ahead in terms of the quality of its 5G equipment, but there are fears it could be used for espionage

People walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on December 10, 2018. - China on December 10 protested Canada's "inhumane" treatment of an executive of telecom giant Huawei who is being held on a US extradition bid, following reports she was not getting sufficient medical care. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Filipinos spend most time online, on social media worldwide – report

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:32 PM

For the 4th straight year, the Philippines is tops in worldwide social media use. The Philippines also beats Thailand this year for most time spent online.

EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The EU wants trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia

A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


Pope Francis warns against internet 'disinformation'

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:24 PM

'We need to recognize how social networks, on the one hand, help us to better connect, rediscover, and assist one another, but on the other, lend themselves to the manipulation of personal data,' says Pope Francis

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

EXCLUSIVE: Russian disinformation system influences PH social media

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook takes down pages linked to the disinformation network

Google, Smart Wifi jointly pledge to power the nation with free, fast, and reliable internet

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:17 PM

More Filipinos will be given access to connectivity

Western powers urge DR Congo to restore Internet

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Internet access is cut on Monday afternoon for an indefinite period on the orders of the government, says internet operator Global

POLL. A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Russian trolls aimed to deter black U.S. voters – study

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The primary goal of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) is to deepen divisions in US society and convince Democrat-favoring liberals – including Latinos, youths and the LGBTQ community – not to vote, a report says

Cuba finally rolls out mobile 3G, though too costly for most

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:41 PM

The communist-run island is one of the last countries in the world to get 3G mobile internet


LTE faster than WiFi-enabled fixed connections for PH smartphone users

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:31 PM

From August to November 2018, the Philiippines' download speeds average 9.6 Mbps for LTE, 7.6Mbps for WiFi-enabled fixed connections, and 6.3 Mbps connections for overall mobile connections including 2G and 3G

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[OPINYON] Ang maging manunulat sa panahon ng smarter-than-user smartphone

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Wala na yatang nakaaalala na ang buwan ng Nobyembre ay Reading Month – kung paanong wala na ring nakakaalala kung paano magbasa nang marubdob, lalo na sa kagubatan ng social media

'Ralph Breaks the Internet,' and nearly a box-office record

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:53 AM

'Creed II,' starring Michael B. Jordan, Dolph Lundgren, and Sylvester Stallone enters the second spot

'Ralph Breaks the Internet' review: A cartoon that clicks

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'It is refreshingly current in both form and heart'

WORLD-BUILDING WIN. 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' sends nearly all the right signals. Still courtesy of Disney

Josie Trinidad talks 'Ralph Breaks The Internet,' landing her dream job at Disney

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

As Head of Story for Disney Animation, Fil-Am Josie Trinidad lets us in on her creative process, the secret of Disney films, and the unavoidable writer's block

PH internet economy to grow from $5B to $21B by 2025 – Google

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Collectively, Southeast Asia's internet economy will grow from $72B to $240B by 2025, according to Google's report


Nigerian ISP admits error which caused misrouting of Google traffic through China

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Nigerian internet provider MainOne says a misconfiguration in its Border Gateway Protocol filters caused traffic to Google to be misrouted through China and Russia

Mozilla chief regrets internet's addictive quality

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:49 AM

'It's disappointing, the practice of 'Come to my site, keep you there, keep clicking, keep spreading this information as fast as possible,' she says

BAKER. Mozilla's executive chairperson Mitchell Baker speaks on the center stage of the 2018 edition of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon on November 6, 2018. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP


Blockchains won't fix internet voting security – and could make it worse

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:12 PM

As scholars who have studied traditional and blockchain-based voting, we believe that while blockchains may help with some specific issues, they can’t fix the basic problems with internet voting. In fact, they could make things worse.

U.S. sues California over 'net neutrality'

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The law also marks the latest challenge between California Governor Jerry Brown's administration and President Donald Trump's Republicans, who have already clashed over environmental and immigration regulations

Inventor of World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee developing decentralized internet

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'The project aims to create an internet that does not ask users to give out their personal data to 'powerful forces who use it for their own agenda,'' says Berners-Lee

BERNERS-LEE. British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the world wide web, gives a speech on April 18, 2012 in Lyon, central France, during the World Wide Web 2012 international conference on April 18, 2012 in Lyon. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP