Visitors pass by the logo of Google at the high profile startups and high tech leaders gathering, Viva Tech,in Paris, France May 16, 2019. (Reuters file photo) BANGKOK/JAKARTA: Southeast Asian governments are banding together to take on global tech giants on issues including "fake news" and taxation, marking a new stage in the region's approach to the internet's explosive growth.The stakes are high both for the governments, which are counting on the digital economy to drive growth and innovation amid domestic political tensions, and the companies, which view Southeast Asia's social-media-loving population of 641 million as a key growth market. The new initiatives, which have not previously been reported, include an effort by Indonesia to join forces with Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines in demanding action from Google, Facebook and other companies on content regulation and tax policy. "Together, we are 80% of the region," Indonesian communications minister … [Read more...] about SE Asian nations weigh unified approach to regulating Big Tech
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The sharp decline of the public trust in media based on the findings of 2019 Philippine Trust Index (PTI) survey is not surprising but something to be concerned of. Media is essential in a democracy. There is no democracy where and when media is not free. Media strengthens democracy by informing the people of what is happening as truthfully as it can be ascertained. In doing so, the people can hold accountable the officials for all their actions and decisions. Media plays a vital role in making democracy truly a government of the people, for the people and by the people. That’s why it is important that media is trusted by the people. Trust, being the attribute of being believed to be good, honest and can be depended on. The PTI survey, conducted by the EON Group every two years nationwide, looks into levels and drivers of trust among Filipinos on six institutions – the Government, the Business Sector, the Media, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the Church and … [Read more...] about OPINION: Learnings from the 2019 Philippine Trust Index survey
MANILA, Philippines — These days, we use smartphones rather than watches to tell time. Smartphones and other gadgets also give us an opportunity to air our thoughts, engage in digital trade, and communicate instantly. When 5G gets deployed, we expect more diffusion of the Internet of Things (IOT), where devices are connected to the internet, with trillions of sensors communicating with these devices, and with one another. Working with sensors, these devices can monitor things like building elevators, checking them for status and possible problems, and using artificial intelligence (AI), predict failures before they happen. AI already powers up many applications, from voice assistants to driverless cars. Even the autocomplete feature on phones, recommendations from Netflix, and Facebook’s ability to recognize our faces in a photo posted by friends, are examples of AI. Tech is amazing, and the trend in its penetration is phenomenal. Seven out 10 Filipinos use the internet, … [Read more...] about Are Filipinos ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
By 2015, the civil war in Syria was already in its fourth year, having displaced half of its population of 22 million, who poured into neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. But it was the spectre of millions of Syrians pouring into Europe which touched off a political firestorm. That year, one million migrants from Syria and other countries filed claims for refugee status while in the European Union. In 2016, the number swelled to 1.3 million. While the number of such claims has since dropped significantly, the aftershock lingers. The result is that far-right populist parties are expected to do well in the EU elections, which wrapped up yesterday. This follows inroads by such parties at national elections in countries like Finland, Italy and Hungary since 2016. Analysts say the sudden and seemingly uncontrolled influx of refugees influenced how people voted in the Brexit referendum in 2016 and the United States presidential election the same year. The response has been … [Read more...] about Migration: A look at challenges and myths
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’