Joel D. Pinaroc

Joel has been a media practitioner since 1996, starting off as a reporter and eventually becoming editor of a pioneering IT trade newspaper in Manila. He is currently one of the content producers of a Manila-based developmental website.

Melvin G. Calimag

Melvin G. Calimag is currently the executive editor of an IT news website in the Philippines. Melvin has been covering the local IT beat for the last 13 years. He is currently a board member at the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (CyberPress), and also serves as a charter member with the Philippine Science Journalists Association.

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When IT digs toward mining

When IT digs toward mining

CEO of Philippine IT conglomerate IPVG, Enrique Y. Gonzalez, explains his voyage into mining and stresses he still believes "in the power of IT to profoundly change the world".

published September 27, 2012 by

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The problem with media plagiarism

The problem with media plagiarism

I don't know if you've noticed, but the advent of online publishing appears to have exacerbated the problem of plagiarism. I can still recall, albeit with amusement, an incident last year in which I saw an exclusive story of mine being passed off as having been written by another reporter.

published June 5, 2012 by

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An avalanche of startup funds

An avalanche of startup funds

Just recently, the IT world saw two blockbuster deals involving startups: the US$200 million purchase of app builder OMGPOP by casual games company, Zynga; and the US$1 billion acquisition of mobile photo-sharing site Instagram by networking giant Facebook.Although it is important to note that these transactions occurred in the U.

published April 18, 2012 by

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Philippine LGUs still stuck in dinosaur age

Philippine LGUs still stuck in dinosaur age

Despite the millions of public funds that have been poured into the modernization of local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines, it's a shame that not much has changed in the way municipalities conduct their transactions with the public.Last January, I tried to renew the business permit of Newsbytes.

published February 27, 2012 by

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ICT takes backseat under Aquino administration

ICT takes backseat under Aquino administration

Right now as you read this blog entry, there's an ongoing impeachment trial in the Philippine Senate against Renato Corona, the country's top judge. This political exercise, which is being streamed live by various Web sites, is again being lapped up by the public.

published January 18, 2012 by

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An inconsequential ICT authority

An inconsequential ICT authority

Since that fateful day in July when President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III thoughtlessly dissolved the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) and created a replacement agency called Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), I have yet to hear a single significant project or policy pronouncement from the country's supposed main ICT body.

published November 11, 2011 by

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Govt broadband project attempts comeback

Govt broadband project attempts comeback

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is in the news once again with its bold--and perhaps naive--proposal for a government broadband network or GBN, a new version of the ill-fated national broadband network (NBN) project that rocked the previous Arroyo administration.According to DOST secretary Mario Montejo, the new broadband initiative, with an estimated cost of 800 million peso (US$18.

published September 13, 2011 by

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Back to zero for Philippine ICT?

Back to zero for Philippine ICT?

The local ICT industry was stunned at the end of last month when Pres. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III issued Executive Order (EO) 47, which downgraded the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) into a mere attached unit of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

published July 12, 2011 by

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An imploding Philippine telco industry

An imploding Philippine telco industry

First, allow me to apologize to the readers of this blog as I have not been able to post entries in the past few months. I actually have a number of "legal" excuses, but I wouldn't make the trouble of narrating them here.

published June 27, 2011 by

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Philippine BPO lands in the papers

Philippine BPO lands in the papers

The year 2010 was particularly fruitful for the Philippine BPO (business process outsourcing) industry with some noteworthy feats achieved by the sector, foremost of which is the top ranking it got in the IBM Global Location Trends Report that put the Philippines ahead of India in the voice BPO category.The report came out in October but it was only in December when the major dailies picked it up during IBM's inauguration of its new facilities at the UP-Ayala Techno Hub.

published January 1, 2011 by

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Philippine government faces ICT backlash

Philippine government faces ICT backlash

The double-edged nature of ICT, particularly social media, came into full view in the last few weeks here as a triple whammy of sorts led the Philippine government to be bombarded with criticisms from the public.It's been more than a month now since the first blunder surfaced on the national scene involving the plagiarism charge hurled against Supreme Court (SC) associate justice Mariano del Castillo.

published November 21, 2010 by

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