Jun 11

On Social Media Day, President Aquino dumps CICT

The Office of the President announced the abolition of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) today — World Social Media Day and the second day of the National ICT Summit 2011.

Today is also President Noynoy Aquino’s first year in office.

Tech news portal Newsbytes reports that many in the ICT are shocked by the President’s decision, which relegates the former lead ICT agency to a mere bureau. The former CICT would now be known as the ICT Office under the Department of Science and Technology.

The controversial National Telecommunications Commission, which used to be administered by the CICT, is to be placed directly under the Office of the President.

The dumping of the CICT puts into question the role of ICT and social media under the Aquino regime. After his election campaign as having been driven strongly by social media, and the strong assertions by the President’s erstwhile defeated runningmate of being behind the business process outsourcing boom, we now see this happen to ICT.

What could be behind this decision by the President? Is there a power play yet again between the factions that have marked many presidential appointments? Is there someone or a group of persons threatened by the CICT?

What happens now to the Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016 which the CICT unveiled yesterday? Is it as good as trash after the President’s decision?

As the President ends his first year in office, this development does not impress anyone, especially those looking at his leadership in how to make ICT and social media as enablers to attaining individual and national prosperity.

Jun 11

Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016

The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) led other government agencies, private sector representatives and other stakeholders in the launch of the Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016 on June 29, 2011 at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong City. Continue reading →

Feb 11

Full texts of pending ‘Cybercrime’ Prevention bills

Photo from maxdy1412.wordpress.com

While Filipino netizens are pressing government, Congress included, for action so we could finally have #betterinternet, some Members of Congress want to do something else: Launch a crackdown on vaguely-defined “cybercrimes”.

Lawmakers have not given up on their dangerous project and on Feb. 2, the House ICT Committee holds a meeting to tackle seven “cybercrime” prevention bills that are pending in the current Congress. Continue reading →

Oct 10

Cherry Mobile unveils Philippines’ first Android tablet-phone, two handsets

The Superion, the Android tablet-phone with a Qualcomm processor.

Maverick Philippine handset maker Cherry Mobile tonight unveiled the country’s first Android-powered tablet and two other Android phones.

The Superion, priced at P19,990, is powered by Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) and sports the following: Qualcomm MSM 7227 600MHz processor, 512MB ROM/512MB RAM, 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, 16GB expandable to 32MB, 3G/HSDPA, GPS/AGPS, WIFI, Bluetooth, standard mini-USB, 3.5 standard audio jack, G-sensor, ambient light sensor and two cameras (3MP main camera with autofocus and a VGA camera in front). Continue reading →

Sep 10

The Philippines’ #sentisabado

More and more Filipinos are joining Twitter but we have yet to put a distinctive Filipino mark on it, as distinct perhaps as the personalization many Filipinos once did on Friendster and what we do to our phones with themes, icons and ringtones. Continue reading →