Consumer Rights

How is social media changing ASEAN?

Together with colleague Delwin Keasberry, a.k.a. @BruneiTweet and the man behind Projek Brunei, we led a master class with the same title at the ASEAN100 Leadership Forum on Sept. 29, 2011 at the Shangrila Hotel in Makati City, Philippines. Here is the presentation I shared at the master class:

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Nielsen releases latest PH internet access data

Global market research company Nielsen today made a pre-release of its Southeast Asia Digital Consumer Report which says, among others, that “one in three consumers in the Philippines are now accessing the Internet, with younger demographics significantly more likely to get online than older generations.”

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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 […]

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Netizens rebuke NBI over plan to register laptops

A number of Filipino netizens went ballistic today after reading news about the National Bureau of Investigation’s proposal to have all laptops and other internet devices registered as part of government’s efforts to purportedly curb cybercrime. The laptop registry plan, first reported by GMA News and which follows a similar proposal covering mobile phone SIM […]

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Full texts of pending ‘Cybercrime’ Prevention bills

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” […]

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The fastest mobile broadband

Smart and Globe are fighting over the title of having the “fastest mobile broadband service”. As they fight themselves in the media, I thought that perhaps its better to make my own study of the three competing mobile broadband products. To do the tests, I made use of a Compaq Presario notebook computer running on […]

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TXTPower: NTC must lower prices

Consumer advocacy group TXTPower held a press conference today to demand lower prices and the banning of spam, along with the extension of prepaid load expiry as solutions to “vanishing loads”. We are not impressed by the new circular. More should be done by government.

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Yahoo-Nielsen Net Index 2009 Philippines

Nielsen Media presented anew on Thursday night the highlights of the Yahoo-Nielsen study titled Net Index 2009 Philippines which is touted as “the first in-depth media study of internet users in urban Philippines”. Jay Bautista, executive director of Nielsen Media, presented the results of the study last night before members of IMMAP, journalists and bloggers […]

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