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[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

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