By Oscar Franklin Tan
Privacy is not dead on Facebook! The Supreme Court ruling rejecting the “bikini girls’” privacy claim against St. Theresa’s College in Cebu City has been exaggerated and taken out of context in some reports. The ruling is sound, but I wish it were clearer that it had little to do with Facebook or currently debated social media privacy issues.
By Maria Monica Cueto
I don’t have Facebook. Everyone always gives me a puzzled look whenever I say that. I bet some of you would react similarly and are asking why. Everyone seems to want to know why. It seems that not having a Facebook account in these modern times is unheard of and is the cyberworld’s version of being antisocial.
Was anyone the least bit surprised that the suspects behind that Sept. 1 incident on Edsa involving armed men surrounding an SUV turned out to be cops? The photo immediately caused a sensation when it surfaced on Twitter, partly because of the mystery surrounding it. Who were these men aiming guns at the occupants of the SUV? Was it a legitimate police operation, perhaps against a high-profile fugitive? Or a kidnapping, done so brazenly in broad daylight on that ultrabusy highway?
By Solita Collas-Monsod
A very important point should be made about the Edsa robbery-kidnapping incident that occurred on Sept. 1 in which eight current police officers and one dismissed policeman were involved. And that is: that the whole episode would have gone unnoticed by the public except that it was caught on camera by an alert passerby who then uploaded it on Twitter, whereupon it went viral, catching the attention of the police authorities and the conventional media, and thus the rest of us.
By John Nery
To buy a new tablet, I traded in my old one. It was an original iPad from 2010, and despite constant use, did not look the worse for wear. (Its case, however, the second in almost four years, was about to come apart at the seams.) To trade it in, I spent a few days scrubbing it of traces of its previous life.