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By Oscar Franklin Tan
During the Silly People’s Improv Theater oracle segment the night before the Supreme Court released its decision on the Cybercrime Prevention Act, a spectator asked: “Will I be convicted of a cybercrime this year?” Protesters asked social media users to turn their profile pictures black last Feb. 25 and rally at the Edsa Shrine. Many have spontaneously cursed the high court, but specifics are curiously absent.
The chilling effect of a Damocles’ sword dangling over those who are wired basically remains. Any blanket threat of criminal prosecution for online libel tilts the balance against untrammeled state intervention and will practically result in effective censorship, if not timidity or inordinate trepidation.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Each semester I remind my students that there are many engaging things to be found on the Internet than porn. Last week two readers who read my column “Flora de Filipinas” supplied links that led to a digital copy of the text of the Augustinian Manuel Blanco’s “Flora de Filipinas segun el sistema sexual de linneo.” Unfortunately, the sex here will excite only botanists.
By Rina Jimenez-David
I was at SM Megamall recently, prepared to spend the bulk of a day in the premises: There was a 10 a.m. meeting, after which I was supposed to hold another meeting at 4 p.m. In preparation, I brought my laptop and some materials to write my column in between, since it was a “deadline day.”
By Butch Hernandez
I came across this excellent essay for teachers by Dr. Maryellen Weimer on the Faculty Focus website. Titled “The Age of Distraction: Getting Students to Put Away Their Phones and Focus on Learning,” the essay discusses the impact of mobile content in today’s classrooms.
By Francis Domingo
Cyber-attacks on websites managed by the Philippine government have been persistent and increasingly sophisticated. During the past year, Anonymous Philippines—a movement that believes the social system can change through the aggressive use of information technology—has attacked numerous government websites, including those of the Office of the President, the Department of Budget and Management, the [...]
By Darwin M. Taylo
The online world is a whole new planet we humans of the Earth created inside our own. And most of us don’t realize it.
By Aaron Ponce
There are, on the stretch of Edsa, huge billboards featuring the daughter of deceased political giants endorsing a canned-food product. Shown with her in the photo are her two sons, one with development difficulties.
By Michael L. Tan
What now, my older and more cynical relatives ask, with Luneta over.
By Bernie Lopez
The Philippine pork barrel is the mother of all corruption. It is massive corruption at the very top.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
One of the assignments my students appreciate is having to go to the library to dig up the newspaper on the day they were born and to tell me, based on their research, what the Philippines or the world was like on that day. In the course of their writing, the students compare and contrast the past with the present and conclude that not much has changed.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
The Supreme Court launched recently in the Regional and Metropolitan Trial Courts of Quezon City a new pilot program, called “eCourt,” to automate the trial courts. The aim is to speed up the delivery of justice by reducing case processing time, eliminate sources of graft, and improve public access to performance information in the lower courts.