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Prolonged Play of Video Games Raises Children's Depression, Anxiety Risks :lol:

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By Elizabeth Lopatto
Jan 17, 2011 1:00 PM GMT+0800

About 9 percent of children play such long hours of video games that they are pathological gamers, increasing risks of anxiety, depression, bad grades and social phobia, a study in Singapore found.

The compulsive gamers played for a weekly average of 31 hours compared with 19 for kids not deemed pathological, according to research released today by the journal Pediatrics. Overall, 83 percent of 3,034 children in the study played video games at least occasionally.

Gamers are considered pathological when their playing interferes with everyday life, and their behavior is described as being similar to that of gambling addicts, according to background information in the paper. The gaming isn’t merely a symptom of disorders such as depression, anxiety and social phobia, today’s study found. Rather, gaming can cause and reinforce those maladies.

“Although children who are depressed may retreat into gaming, the gaming increases the depression,” wrote the study authors, led by Douglas A. Gentile, a psychologist at Iowa State University, in Ames.

The study, of children in grades 3, 4, 7 and 8, lasted two years. Kids who stopped being pathological gamers during the study period showed lower levels of depression, anxiety and social phobia compared with peers who didn’t stop, the researchers said.
 

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First Pinoy Facebook game taps into social media :banana:

GMANews.tv
01/18/2011 | 06:12 PM

The power unit of business conglomerate Aboitiz Corp. is taking to social media to push its environment agenda by creating a Facebook game application that is geared towards educating people about the concepts of carbon footprints and cleaner and renewable sources of energy.

The game, called Alter Space, is reputedly the first Facebook game to be developed locally. It was commissioned by AboitizPower. According to Socialbakers.com,

The energy provider is taking advantage of social games as there are about 56 million Facebook users playing daily and 290 million playing monthly. Up to 265 million Facebook gamers, meanwhile, spend 210 minutes playing games. Twenty-percent of these game players even pay cash for in-game benefits.

In the Philippines, 54 percent of social networking site users cite gaming as the reason they log on, the company said. According to Socialbakers.com, there are over 20.8 million Filipinos —or just under 21 percent of the country's total population— on Facebook as of January 2010.

In Alter Space, the game players’ mission is to take care of their own little planet. They do this by keeping their carbon footprint levels low, while still keeping their Happiness levels up. They will have to accomplish fun tasks and challenges while their carbon footprint is measured.

Every choice they make affects their environment, and the game always gives feedback as to whether the player’s choice was environmentally sound or not. They can also invite friends to be their neighbors, and their over-all carbon footprint as a community will be calculated.

If they fail to make the cleaner and greener choice, their virtual planet will experience disasters like Smog, which cause their avatar to lose interaction, and Heat Wave, wherein they will have to perform extra tasks or pay a fee to bring their carbon footprint down.

Aside from the carbon footprint calculator, game players’ progress is also measured through their Happiness level, Current-cy, and Experience points.

Mini-games, meanwhile, provide game players an interactive way with which they could learn more about the different sources of cleaner and renewable energy. Harvesting alternative energy is how they earn points in their planet — a significant function of the game that encourages players to seek out and use alternative energy.

The mini-games include Solar, wherein they are tasked to catch as many sunbeams as they can; Geo, wherein they are asked to click the steam that goes out of the valves of hot spots; and Hydro, wherein they create a passageway for the water to reach turbines.

Practical tips, trivia, and other features guide players along as they strive to make their virtual planet a cleaner and greener one.

While addressing the bigger issues of carbon footprint reduction and environmental preservation, Alter Space employs some uniquely Filipino features in doing so. The use of pamaypay (the Philippine native fan), the playing of the game sungka, and eating what is colloquially call “dirty ice cream" are incorporated into the game for that distinct Filipino flavor.

The Facebook game is scheduled to be launched on February 7, although players can take a peek by visiting www.facebook.com/AlterSpaceGame. — Newsbytes.ph
 

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Are the days of phone numbers numbered?
By Alma Buelva (The Philippine Star) Updated January 17, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0) View comments

MANILA, Philippines
- Are phone numbers fading into the sunset?

Some tech watchers think so. How soon? In five years, some of them say.

Nikhyl Singhal, co-founder and chief executive of voice-application startup SayNow, points to social networks and game-changing companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo!, Facebook and Skype as reasons why many people find themselves punching numbers less and less to reach another person.

More people are now finding it more natural to just send an e-mail rather than pick up a phone to communicate. It helps, too, that voice or chat services are available in e-mail accounts like Gmail.

Social networks like Facebook also offer the convenience of sending out messages instantaneously to as many people as needed without having to know and dial every recipient’s number.

Although many still believe that phone numbers won’t really go away, kids today are growing up with no concept of how important telephone numbers used to be. They also probably will never touch, much less lift, one of those big Yellow Pages telephone directories just to locate a number.

Singhal says phones, especially smartphones, will still be an essential communication device for contacting people, but instead of punching numbers, users will just tap their contacts through their social network accounts accessible on their phones.

Singhal’s company has developed a number of applications that introduce alternative uses for the phone. A voice on top of present social networks should further simplify things, he says. This might lead to the demise of phone numbers and give carriers something to think about.

The fact that phone numbers are attached to a device and not exactly to the user is becoming a growing issue as people become used to sending and receiving communications only from those who are on their contacts or “friends” lists.

It’s also a control issue as anyone can dial a phone number without permission, whereas a social network account has settings to prevent strangers from simply leaving any message, useful or not.

In short, despite concerns about security, a social network like Facebook offers more protection and user control than telephone numbers, which can still be the target of unwanted calls even if the numbers are unlisted, explains Singhal.

He believes a voice application on top of social networks will give users more control over who can call them or not, just as they can select who can see their photos online.
 

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World 'running out of Internet addresses' :lol:

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Posted at 01/22/2011 5:47 PM | Updated as of 01/22/2011 5:47 PM

SYDNEY - The world will run out of Internet addresses "within weeks", according to one of the founding fathers of the web, a report said Friday.

Vint Cerf, who helped create the web by connecting computers using Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, said it was his "fault" that the 4.3 billion addresses created were running out, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

"I thought it was an experiment and I thought that 4.3 billion would be enough to do an experiment," Cerf, who is Google’s vice president and "Chief Internet Evangelist", was quoted as saying in an interview.

"Who the hell knew how much address space we needed?"

In 1977, Cerf created the web protocol IPv4, which connects computers globally, as part of an experiment while working with the US Department of Defense. He said he never expected his experiment "wouldn’t end".

"It doesn’t mean the network stops, it just means you can’t build it very well," Cerf said.

IP addresses are the unique sequence of numbers assigned to each computer, website or other Internet-connected devices. They are not the same as website domain names.

The overwhelming number of devices now accessing the Internet means the addresses are running out fast.

To resolve the crisis, an updated protocol for the Internet, IPv6, currently being planned by the industry, will create trillions of addresses.

As Google vice president Cerf, who was in Australia to address a conference, said he thought the new chief executive of the California-based giant, Larry Page, was ready to lead the company into the future.

In a surprise move, Google announced on Thursday that co-founder Page would replace Eric Schmidt as chief executive in April.

Schmidt, 55, a former chief executive of Novell, will remain with Google as executive chairman, focusing on deals, partnerships, customers and government outreach, Google said.

He will also act as an adviser to Page, 37, who served as CEO previously, from 1998 to 2001.

Cerf said Schmidt had been chief executive for 10 years -- "a nice round number" -- and Page was ready to lead the company into the future.

"Larry and Sergey are 10 years older than they were when they thoughtfully hired Eric to be the CEO... so everybody's growing up," Cerf said.

Google has grown over the past decade from a start-up battling other Internet search engines into a technology giant with nearly 25,000 employees and annual revenue of nearly $30 billion.

The company meanwhile reported its fourth-quarter net profit increased to $2.54 billion from $1.97 billion a year ago, while revenue rose 26% to $8.44 billion.
 

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^^ Hahaha! The cyberworld rally is BIG! :D
 

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UN cites Pinoys for outstanding online volunteerism :hug:

GMANews.tv
01/22/2011 | 04:45 PM

A Filipino graphic artist and a medical technologist are among the winners of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program’s “Online Volunteering Award 2010," the Philippine Mission to the UN disclosed over the weekend.

Professor Edwin Cuenco and Edith Marie Garingalao were cited for their outstanding contributions to peace and development, and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the internet.

"The Germany based UNV said Cuenco provided pro bono graphic design services to various NGOs, including the Association Against Women Export (AAWE)," the Mission said in a news release on its website.

Cuenco, an award-winning graphic designer who teaches graphic design at the Arkansas Tech University, developed promotional materials that “strengthened AAWE’s capacities to advocate against human trafficking and contributed to raising funds for the organization’s women empowerment projects in Edo State, Nigeria."

His volunteer work focused on MDG goal 3, which is to promote gender equality and empower women.

“Online volunteering completely changed my life... I volunteer online because it is my civic and moral duty. I have learned that if we do not help each other nothing will ever be sustainable," Cuence said in the release.

“This makes me feel good as I do remember growing up in poor and indigent surroundings. Since then I swore that I would give back in any way I could. As I enjoy my online volunteer experience, I plan to keep on helping to the extent that I am able for my entire life," he added.

On the other hand, Garingalao, a medical technology professional, was part of the Kitega Community Center (KCC) team which identified possible health service models and assessed their relevance for Kitega, a small rural town in Uganda.

The teams’ contributions focused on MDGs 4 to 6, which are to reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; and combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

“I was in Uganda in 2002 and saw first-hand how the people there tend to cope especially in terms of health issues. When this project was offered, I thought it would be great to share what I know to help the people and also learn from their traditional understanding of such issues." Garingalao said.

A jury of experts in volunteerism and development cooperation, including UNV representatives from country offices and headquarters, chose the winners based on their commitment and contributions, the results of their collaboration, and their impact on the activities of the non-profit development organizations they supported.

Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Libran Cabactulan said the recent recognition demonstrated the ability of Filipinos to contribute to development beyond the Philippines through their experience, expertise and knowledge of information and communications technology.

He said the passion and creativity of Filipinos can be tapped to help move many development organizations – both within and outside the Philippines - towards accomplishing their goals and, consequently, in achieving MDGs.

In a statement, UNV Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri emphasized volunteers’ important role in achieving the MDGs.

“We can meet the goals, but only if we complement essential government action with the engagement of millions of people through volunteer action," she said.

The Mission noted that, every year, more than 9,000 online volunteers engage in non-profit development organization work through the UNV Online Volunteering service, which has entered its 10th year. — TJD/JA, GMANews.TV
 

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IPv4 tank nearly dry

Dylan Bushell-Embling | February 02, 2011
Telecomasia.net

The crunch time for IPv6 migration loomed closer yesterday, as internet registry APNIC was allocated the final free-floating blocks of IPv4 address space.

ICANN and the Number Resource Organization have called a press conference for tomorrow to “make a significant announcement,” leading to speculation that the final five of the 256 blocks of IPv4 spectrum will be allocated then.

Under a long-standing policy one of these blocks, each containing around 16.7 million addresses, will be allocated to each regional internet registry.

APAC's APNIC said it will continue normal allocations for only the next three to six months.

After this time it will start doling out only small allocations from the final block, to ensure adequate IPv4 address space is available for IPv6 transition.

According to industry projections, had APNIC chosen to continue to allocate IPv4 unabated, it would run out of addresses by mid-2011. It would be the first of the regional registries to exhaust their address pool.

In an indication of regional service providers' response to the looming deadline, Australian ISP Internode yesterday revealed that it plans to allocate both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses in a dual-stack configuration to new internet users for a number of years.

“The exhaustion of new IPv4 allocations from global Internet Registries is a little like Peak Oil,” managing director Simon Hackett said.

“There won’t be any more large ‘discoveries’ of IPv4 addresses, so ISPs around the world will now mine their existing stocks to exhaustion point over the next few years.”

He said the company will move its IPv6 service into full production in 2011, but that it holds sufficient IPv4 address space to meet customer demand for at least three to five years.
 

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Broadband will boost Philippines online trade, says eBay

By Dennis Estopace, Business Mirror
Posted at 02/06/2011 7:13 AM | Updated as of 02/06/2011 7:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Availability or lack of high-speed broadband access may make a difference in online trading in the Philippines, executives of information technology firm eBay Philippines Inc. said.

“eCommerce will remain wanting as broadband remains a little low,” business head Abhimanyu Lal told reporters on Thursday. “eCommerce has yet to explode here, but soon, maybe [in] about two to three years,” he added.

Lal, who flew in from Kuala Lumpur, said the Filipinos’ engagement in transacting over the Internet has grown last year, with the whole online trade growing at his estimate of 30% overall.

That is also the percentage amount of growth that Philippines country manager Ambareesh Murty estimated the Internet penetration in the country.

The eBay executives’ announcement followed the inclusion by the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (Unctad) of the Philippines among the top 20 exporters and importers of information-communications technology (ICT) goods.

The Unctad said on Wednesday that about 36.4% of total exports of ICT goods worth $14 billion came from the Philippines in 2009, the UN agency’s latest summarized data.

The Unctad said the data it released on February 2 from Geneva, Switzerland, “supports recent findings that the global financial crisis has led to significant shifts in world trade of ICT goods towards Asia.”

While ICT exports from most major exporters fell in 2009 as a result of the financial crisis, the Unctad said, the declines in exports experienced by the Philippines, also China, Hong Kong (China), the Republic of Korea, and Thailand, “were relatively modest.”

The data may have boosted eBay’s confidence as Murty told the BusinessMirror after the press briefing they have put up a “small office” to manage the company’s business in the Philippines.

The company said it has over 750,000 registered users in the Philippines that, at any given time, list about 400,000 products and services to trade.

A piece of women’s clothing or a health or beauty product sells every three minutes on eBay Philippines. A woman’s handbag or a piece of jewelry sells every six minutes. Dennis Estopace

The company said more than half of its registered users are women.

Over 3,000 sellers derive income from eBay sales.

As many as 74% of online shoppers bought in the lifestyle vertical followed by the technology sector.
 

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Villar seeks to criminalize nasty blogs :?

SunStar.com Philippines
Sunday, February 6, 2011

MANILA -- Senator Manuel Villar Jr. has filed a measure to make "electronic libel" a crime.

His bill, if passed, will amend the Revised Penal Code (RPC) to include disparaging remarks made over "electronic media such as, but not limited to, the Internet" in the definition of libel.

Villar said the Internet has helped bridge information gaps and "has opened infinite possibilities to people located even in the remotest area in the country."

"Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals have found and exploited with impunity a new avenue to defame another: through the use of electronic media," he said.

Under the RPC, libel is punishable by at least four years and two months in prison, or a fine of P200 to 6,000 pesos. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)
 

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Villar seeks to criminalize nasty blogs :?

SunStar.com Philippines
Sunday, February 6, 2011

MANILA -- Senator Manuel Villar Jr. has filed a measure to make "electronic libel" a crime.

His bill, if passed, will amend the Revised Penal Code (RPC) to include disparaging remarks made over "electronic media such as, but not limited to, the Internet" in the definition of libel.

Villar said the Internet has helped bridge information gaps and "has opened infinite possibilities to people located even in the remotest area in the country."

"Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals have found and exploited with impunity a new avenue to defame another: through the use of electronic media," he said.

Under the RPC, libel is punishable by at least four years and two months in prison, or a fine of P200 to 6,000 pesos. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)
It's very easy to post a slanderous blog, go online in an internet shop, and get out. Clearly there's a part of him that's not thinking.
 

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Are the days of phone numbers numbered?
By Alma Buelva (The Philippine Star) Updated January 17, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0) View comments

MANILA, Philippines
- Are phone numbers fading into the sunset?

Some tech watchers think so. How soon? In five years, some of them say.

Nikhyl Singhal, co-founder and chief executive of voice-application startup SayNow, points to social networks and game-changing companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo!, Facebook and Skype as reasons why many people find themselves punching numbers less and less to reach another person.

More people are now finding it more natural to just send an e-mail rather than pick up a phone to communicate. It helps, too, that voice or chat services are available in e-mail accounts like Gmail.

Social networks like Facebook also offer the convenience of sending out messages instantaneously to as many people as needed without having to know and dial every recipient’s number.

Although many still believe that phone numbers won’t really go away, kids today are growing up with no concept of how important telephone numbers used to be. They also probably will never touch, much less lift, one of those big Yellow Pages telephone directories just to locate a number.

Singhal says phones, especially smartphones, will still be an essential communication device for contacting people, but instead of punching numbers, users will just tap their contacts through their social network accounts accessible on their phones.

Singhal’s company has developed a number of applications that introduce alternative uses for the phone. A voice on top of present social networks should further simplify things, he says. This might lead to the demise of phone numbers and give carriers something to think about.

The fact that phone numbers are attached to a device and not exactly to the user is becoming a growing issue as people become used to sending and receiving communications only from those who are on their contacts or “friends” lists.

It’s also a control issue as anyone can dial a phone number without permission, whereas a social network account has settings to prevent strangers from simply leaving any message, useful or not.

In short, despite concerns about security, a social network like Facebook offers more protection and user control than telephone numbers, which can still be the target of unwanted calls even if the numbers are unlisted, explains Singhal.

He believes a voice application on top of social networks will give users more control over who can call them or not, just as they can select who can see their photos online.
I think Japan has used this kind of system (e-mailing instead of texting) almost 10 years ago.
 

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House OKs data privacy bill on 2nd reading

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February 17, 2011
http://www.manilatimes.net/?p=2877

The House of Representatives has passed on second reading the proposed Data Privacy Act, which seeks to govern and establish fair practices in the collection and use of personal details stashed in the computer systems of the private sector and the government.

The House action came shortly after the committee on information and communications technology, along with the committee on government reorganization, endorsed the bill authored chiefly by Representatives Roman Romulo of Pasig City and Susan Yap of Tarlac.

Romulo, who also serves as Deputy Majority Leader, said the measure: Covers all entities and individuals involved in the gathering and processing of all types of personal information; Sets rigorous standards for and controls on the lawful culling, processing and retrieval of personal information; Defines the rights of data subjects, or the individuals whose personal information are being compiled; and Mandates the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) as administrator of all electronic data privacy controls.

The measure would prevent the misuse of personal facts in computer systems, including identity theft; reinforce consumer confidence in electronic commerce; and build up the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) activities that handle a great deal of personal information, according to Romulo.

“The bill is quite strong. For instance, if you are a credit card issuer, you are expected to adopt adequate organizational, physical and technical measures to protect your electronic files,” Romulo said.

“In the event of unauthorized access to the files of your cardholders, you have to alert the CICT right away. Failure to issue a breach notification is enough to make you liable to pay a fine of up to P5 million per violation, to be imposed by the CICT,” he said.

“The punitive fine is without prejudice to possible criminal charges, once the Department of Justice ascertains that the failure (to issue a breach notification) was intentional,” Romulo added.

The bill sets the following criteria for the lawful processing of personal information: The data subject has given his or her clear consent, which must be in writing or through other similar means of express consent, depending on the circumstances; The processing is necessary and is related to the fulfillment of a contract with the data subject or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract; The processing is required to protect the data subject’s vital interests, including life and health; or The processing is needed in order to respond to national emergency, to comply with the requirements of public order and safety, or to fulfill functions of public authority.
 

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It's very easy to post a slanderous blog, go online in an internet shop, and get out. Clearly there's a part of him that's not thinking.
To think that the IP address is dynamic, and there are plenty of locations to choose from: internet cafés, free WiFi hotspots, etc.

They can even hide their own identity, as if the person does not exists.
 

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Facebook page calls for Qatar emir's ouster

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Posted at 02/27/2011 2:01 AM | Updated as of 02/27/2011 2:01 AM
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/02/26/11/facebook-page-calls-qatar-emirs-ouster

DUBAI - A Facebook page demanding the ouster of Qatar's moderate, pro-Western emir, accusing him of being an agent of Israel, had attracted 18,262 fans by Saturday in the latest web-driven push for change in the Arab world.

In what is apparently the first call for change in the gas-rich state since popular revolts began sweeping the Arab world, the page has a profile picture with an image of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, crossed out in red.

Against a backdrop of Qatar's flag is the tagline: "For Qatar: try the traitor, an agent of Israel."

Entitled "Freedom Revolution, March 16, Qatar," the page calls on Qataris to hit the streets to demand change."

It could not be determined how many of the page's followers are in the gas-rich emirate, nor how many many might turn out.

Among other demands are the exclusion from public affairs of the emir's wife, Sheikha Mouza, and an end to Qatari ties to Israel and the United States, which has a military base in the small Gulf state.

Qatar does not have diplomatic relations with Israel but did maintain informal ties with the Jewish state.

It broke off those ties and closed Israel's trade office in Doha in protest at Israel's offensive against the Gaza Strip over New Year 2009 in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed.

The page features pictures of Hamad and others with Israeli officials accompanied by angry comments about the emir being a "traitor like Mubarak."

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak pursued close ties with Israel during years of efforts to help broker a peace deal with the Palestinians.

The number of Facebook users in the Arab world rose by 78% in 2010, from less than 12 million to around 21 million, according to a report published by the Dubai School of Government.

Facebook and Twitter have played a significant role in a wave of anti-government protests around the Arab world, fanned by poverty and unemployment, that have grown into major revolts.

A popular uprising led to the ousting of Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt's Mubarak, and similar revolts have sprung up in Bahrain, Yemen and Libya.

Earlier this month, a page dedicated to Saudi Arabia surfaced on Facebook, urging political, social and economic reforms. By Saturday, the page had attracted more than 9,400 fans.

On Wednesday, in an apparent bid to keep his citizens happy, Saudi King Abdullah announced a boost in social benefits, a 15% pay rise for state employees and an increase in cash available for Saudi housing loans.
 

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Laptop registration opposed :bash::bash::bash:

SunStar Manila - Philippines
Monday, February 28, 2011
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/laptop-registration-opposed

MANILA -- A proposal by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to have laptops registered has been called an overreaction that could violate the right to privacy.

Senator Francis Escudero said the proposal would give laptops the same status as guns and chainsaws the government keeps track of.

Speaking after a Senate hearing on proposed cybercrime laws, Escudero said requiring registration would be a hassle for laptop owners.

He said an alternative would be for law enforcement agencies to coordinate with internet service providers and telecommunication companies to monitor the devices.

"It would probably be easier for law enforcement agencies to monitor the Internet service providers. That way, whatever device is used -- laptops, cell phones -- can be monitored without violating anyone's privacy too much," he said.

Escudero said this would let the police track laptops without being too intrusive.

Senator Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate committee on science and technology committee, also predicted "tremendous" opposition to the proposed registration.

The proposal was made by the NBI's Anti-fraud and Computer Crimes Division who reported that cybercrime is difficult to trace because half of the Internet connections in the country is wireless.

Angara, author of the Anti-Cybercrime bill, earlier warned that cybercrime like identity theft and hacking must "be taken seriously at the highest level."

"Cybercrime is an actual danger to democracy, human rights and the rule of law," Angara warned. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)
 

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Beware of Facebook ‘likes,’ drug agency warns Filipinos :eek:hno:

By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 10:15:00 03/01/2011
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/ne...of-Facebook-likes-drug-agency-warns-Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines—Be wary of foreigners suddenly “liking” you on Facebook or other social networking sites, an official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) advised netizens.

PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said many drug mules or persons used to transport drugs through international borders were befriended and recruited online.

“Some of the mules or couriers we interviewed said they were befriended through the Internet by foreigners. Such cases are increasing,” he said in a forum in Quezon City.

Comparing the cases with those of Filipinos being personally approached by recruiters, the PDEA official said incidents of online “recruitment” of drug mules were now on the rise.

Many Filipino drug mules have been arrested and convicted abroad for illegal drug trafficking. In China, some are facing the death penalty.

“A big percentage” of those arrested, Carreon said, were recruited through online networking sites like Facebook.

“We do not mean to discriminate, but be wary of foreigners ‘liking’ you on Facebook,” he said.

Carreon, in a presentation, noted that those at risk of being victimized by such syndicates were poor Filipinos with little or no educational background.

“It’s the lure of easy money and going abroad. Some things to watch out for are groups of foreigners on the Internet which offer travel,” he said.

Celso Hernandez Jr. of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s (POEA) Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch said Filipinos looking for overseas jobs should always go the legal way.

According to PDEA data, drug syndicates pay mules up to $3,000 for each successful trip. Some are recruited as tourists, while others are promised jobs abroad.

Hernandez said a task force on illegal recruitment would be formed soon in order to give the POEA more forces to run after illegal recruiters.

“Through a task force, we will be empowered to conduct entrapment operations and arrests,” the POEA official said.

The agency, he added, would include a briefer on the dangers of being a drug mule in the pre-orientation seminars of would-be overseas workers.

Carreon said they are also launching a media campaign to warn Filipinos about the dangers of being a drug courier for such syndicates.

Some of the reminders include not accepting packages from strangers at airports, and not being lured too easily by big money.
 

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