Add Filipinos Unite in #Ondoy Twibbon to your Twitter avatar

Twitter users are now displaying the Filipinos Unite in #Ondoy Twibbon created by Maki Eduardo on their avatars to show support for the Philippine flood victims of tropical storm Ondoy (international codename: Ketsana).

Here’s a look at the Twibbon and some recent supporters.

Want to add the Twibbon to your Twitter avatar? Click here.

Read my CNET Asia blog post for more examples of online support for the victims of Ondoy/Ketsana.

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Add Filipinos Unite in #Ondoy Twibbon to your Twitter avatar

Online support for Philippine flood victims of storm Ondoy/Ketsana

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Here’s an excerpt.

The outpouring of support through different online networks for the victims of the epic floods unleashed by tropical storm Ondoy (international codename: Ketsana) in the Philippines has been nothing short of phenomenal.

From the constantly updated blog post by Manuel L. Quezon III compiling information for those who want to help, to this TXTPower drive for donations via PayPal, to the Google Ondoy landing page that was created to help the typhoon victims, online efforts to share information and provide help dominated Philippine cyberspace.

Read the full story.

Online support for Philippine flood victims of storm Ondoy/Ketsana

Filipinos turn to Twitter as storm Ondoy floods Metro Manila

Excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

I’m blogging this using a prepaid HSDPA USB modem as our condominium still has no electricity after several hours, yet I’m luckier than many of my countrymen, some of whom are still stranded on the road or even on the rooftops of their houses.

Metro Manila and 23 provinces are now in a state of calamity in the wake of massive floods brought about by the heaviest rainfall in our country’s recorded history. Twitter and social networking sites such as Facebook have been the main means Filipino Internet users have kept pace with developments and shared information, such as the text numbers for disaster relief agencies and volunteer organizations now that voice networks are clogged.

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Filipinos turn to Twitter as storm Ondoy floods Metro Manila

Scrutinize Philippine cybercrime bill, Filipino Netizens urged

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

With the Philippine House of Representatives getting ready to deliberate on House Bill 6794 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2009, Filipino Netizens are being urged to read and critique the bill.

As I previously blogged, one of the worries of Filipino Internet users was that the controversy generated by online scandals in the Philippines, such as the Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho sex video, might be used to justify passing new cyberlaws or imposing Internet censorship in the Philippines.

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Scrutinize Philippine cybercrime bill, Filipino Netizens urged

Mourning death of ‘greatest human being who ever lived’

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

I’ll be honest: I didn’t know Norman Borlaug, or realize the impact this man’s work had on millions of lives, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

Many of us, however, are familiar with the Green Revolution that he made possible, and reading now about Borlaug’s death makes me want to know more about the man and express gratitude for how he helped change the world for the better using technology.

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Mourning death of ‘greatest human being who ever lived’

Watch live stream of ANC special on 2010 poll automation

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Here’s an excerpt.

As the Philippines gears up for the 2010 presidential elections, questions abound about poll automation.

Today, Sept. 21, ANC will air a 2010 poll automation forum at 8 p.m. Viewers will not only be able to watch the live stream of the forum, but also participate in the discussion via the live blog at www.abs-cbnnews.com/ancliveevents

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Watch live stream of ANC special on 2010 poll automation

Obama calls Kanye West ‘jackass’: ‘Off the record’ in the age of Twitter

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Most people would probably agree with what US President Barack Obama called singer Kanye West after the latter ruined Taylor Swift’s moment at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Obama’s “jackass” comment, however, was supposed to be off the record, but it ended up on Twitter (the post has since been taken down). This once again shows the impact of New Media and microblogging tools such as Twitter on mainstream media and the rules that have governed traditional media coverage. In fact, the incident is provoking a debate on standards for journalism in the age of Twitter.

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Obama calls Kanye West ‘jackass’: ‘Off the record’ in the age of Twitter