Activists, netizens, journalists, bloggers, organizations and individual citizens, and even the militant group Karapatan, took to the streets on Oct 2 to protest in front of the Philippine Supreme Court, calling on the nation’s highest court to declare the recently-enacted Cybercrime Law unconstitutional.
The Philippines is developing a total of 63 new information-technology (IT) parks nationwide, with 41 of them in the provinces and 22 in the National Capital Region.
The only senator who voted against the Cybercrime Law during its deliberations in the Philippine Senate, Teofisto Guingona III, said he opposed the controversial law based on constitutional grounds as the measure imposes “prior restraint” on the freedom of expression and speech.
Microsoft Corp has appointed Karrie Capellan-Ilagan as the new managing director for Microsoft Philippines, the first time a woman will be helming the local subsidiary of the world’s largest software company.
The recent floods that inundated the Philippines have become a defining moment for the outsourcing industry here as a youth political leader called for a congressional inquiry to investigate BPO (business process outsourcing) firms which he said required employees to work despite the heavy rains.
According to a Semiocast global poll which analyzed 517 million Twitter profiles, the Philippines now has around 9.5 million registered users on the micro-blogging site. This puts the country in the 10th spot in the worldwide rankings trailing Spain and staying one rung ahead of Turkey.
Rhea Althea Guntalilib, a blind computer programmer working at Smart Communications, said it is understandable for organizations to have apprehensions about employing the visually impaired, but believes it would be well worth the effort.
In what appears to be a good sign for the country’s booming outsourcing industry, US-based Cognizant has opened its second delivery center in the Philippines to support its rapid growth in the higher-level IT outsourcing business.
The Makati City Government said it has signed up telco giant PLDT to provide free Wi-Fi service in the Makati City Hall as a prelude to its bigger plan to make Makati the first “Wi-Fi City” in the Philippines.
Start-ups in the Philippines engaged in an intense pitching competition last week at the SMX Convention Center when a US-based organization held a competition, with the winners getting the opportunity to vie for funding in Silicon Valley.