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Governments crawling, ISIS sprinting on social media – expert

MANILA, Philippines – "Governments are crawling when the Islamic State is sprinting when it comes to social media. Governments must invest more in controlling and containing the spread of terrorist propaganda in cyberspace." Terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna said governments should double down on the propaganda war, and shouldn't be ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMar 18th, 2018

Vatican expert urges priests to get online | News

Priests should get online if they want to connect with people who may no longer attend church but can still be reached via social media, the Vatican's digital expert said on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

NBA Asia Managing Director Levy: We don t take the Pinoy fanbase lightly

The Philippines is unique, among the countries Scott Levy, NBA Asia Managing Director, handles. Tasked to oversee the development and expansion of the NBA's strategic initiatives in Asia (with the exception of Greater China and India), the Philippines is a different situation for Levy, compared to say, Thailand, or Malaysia. Unlike other countries in the region, basketball is well-engrained in the local Philippine culture, as is the NBA. In that regard, the job is easy. But diehard fans, and this country is full of diehard NBA fans, want different things, and want much more of it. And Levy and the rest of the NBA Asia office know it's important to keep them happy. Speaking to reporters as part of a roundtable Q&A session, Levy admitted that satisfying Philippine demand continues to be the biggest challenge. Citing the league's local TV partners, which include ABS-CBN, Solar, and FOX, as well as the implementation of League Pass via mobile companies Smart and Globe, Levy said, "We want to make sure that there are enough games, and that there are enough outlets [to get those games], that people can continue to interact and really get to know [the NBA] beyond maybe what the scores are. "We want to bring more players here, bring the real experiences. So we bring NBA players during the year, we bring NBA legends (the league directly brings around 3-4 players and legends to the country each year), we have dance teams, we have mascots [so that] people can get very close to the game." This differs very much from other countries in Asia. Whereas in other countries, NBA Asia devotes resources to growing the game, often teaming up with local governments' sports ministries, there's no need to teach the basics here. "That just means we take a higher level approach to coaching and make sure that there's another step that they may [take]," said Levy, who cited the example of bringing in Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat into the Philippines to help impart higher-level coaching techniques. Because the country is further down the line in terms of hoops techniques, the league's Jr. NBA program which is presented in the Philippines by Alaska, has played a huge role in recent years. "Nearly two million kids have come through the program...to improve their skill level. Many of our players have moved on to play in the UAAP, in the NCAA. Some are now in the PBA. So we want to contribute to the existing strength of the basketball community here," Levy said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing though. Recently, ventures like the NBA Cafe and the NBA Stores in the Philippines saw their licenses expire and close. For Levy though, it's similar to the familiar "shoot your shot" maxim in hoops. "We're willing to try things and if they're successful, great, we'll continue them," he said. "But if we think there are better ways to engage, we'll do that." Levy added that while the physical stores may be gone, fans can still purchase NBA merch through NBAStore.com, and other places like Nike, Toby's and Titan. Levy also applauded how knowledgable local fans are with regards to players and teams. While it's often thought that a large chunk of Pinoy fans are Lakers fans, Levy said that when you look at the data, it's winning teams that are able to capture the attention of Filipinos, with the obvious exception of teams in areas with large Filipino communities, such as San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors. "For me, here in the Philippines, we don't have to do much more than just make sure the players and the teams are exposed, because Filipino fans understand great play, and they understand great players. And when teams win, or players do amazing things, they become popular here," he said.   Looking ahead to the future, Levy believes that mobile will still be the way to go, though with a caveat. "As the streaming speeds continue to improve...then we'll be able to deliver more content," Levy said. "We'll continue to adjust the delivery of our product as the speeds improve." He added that the league wants to look into more basketball mobile games, even locally or regionally developed ones, to help educate fans on players and give them more ways to interact. To sum it up, Levy once again reiterated that the Philippines is "incredibly important," to the Association. "It probably is the market with the highest fan affinity for basketball, and that's daunting. To satisfy everybody, that's a full-time job. "We don't take the fanbase here lightly. We are focused on making sure that everybody is happy with what they have available and we're listening for the things that we need to do better."   Without a doubt, that's music to the Philippine fans' ears. SIX SHOTS Here are six other topics Levy touched on during the interview: 1. On the Philippines hosting another NBA Global Games "The challenge with [the Global Games] is always, there's 15,000 people in that building, and there's a hundred million Filipinos that we're trying to engage around the NBA. So while the games are great, we are really spending our time figuring out how we can engage a hundred million Filipinos. "But it's always in consideration and hopefully at some point in the future, we'll be able to bring the game back here again." 2. On the impact of a full-Pinoy player making it in the NBA "That question has always perplexed me, because the fanbase here is so strong already. I mean clearly Jordan Clarkson is very popular here, but he's not the most popular NBA player [in the Philippines]. So would a Filipino player be the most popular player? If he was the best player in the NBA, he'd probably be the most popular player, but if he's not, I think Filipinos will follow that player, and will continue to follow the best players in the NBA because that's the expectation here in the Philippines - 'I'm looking for the best players and the best teams and that's who I want to follow.' "But [by] the number of people who are playing in this country, I think it's just a matter of time before we have multiple local Filipinos playing in the NBA. It's definitely going to happen. The game is getting better, the coaches are getting better, the level of talent in the PBA continues to go up, and there are more Filipino players coming to the US and playing in university [NCAA] so it's definitely going to happen." 3. On the passing of FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "I personally knew Patrick and there was nobody that spent more time and energy and basically dedicated their life to the sport of basketball and had such a great impact on the sport of basketball around the world. It’s a tragic loss. Personally, I will miss Patrick and he worked very closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. They had just seen him in a FIBA conference in Xi’an, China a few days before and typically with Patrick he was off in Argentina in another basketball event. I mean, he just, he was tireless in his efforts and he had tremendous success and it’s a tremendous loss to the entire basketball community." 4. On the NBA expanding the game towards female fans in the Philippines. "[For the Jr. NBA PH program] our goal is always 50-50, boys-girls. We haven’t yet achieved that here in the Philippines but again, working closely with the schools, working with Alaska, working with SM...the percentage continues to increase. I'm not exactly sure what the [numbers are] last year, but it's still too low. "I think that’s why it’s a little bit of frustrating here. In countries like Thailand and Indonesia, where, well Thailand has more than 50 percent girls, and in Vietnam and Indonesia it’s over 40 percent right now. So, again, our goal is 50-50. This sport is gender neutral, we bring WNBA players into market, we’ve done that many times already and now we’re going into schools to really try to encourage young girls to play the game." 5. On giving tips to local leagues to become more successful "We’re not here to dictate how a league should be run. What we’re trying to do is understand where we can be helpful, if they’re looking for assistance in building an arena, we’re happy to help with that. If they’re looking [at] how to enhance ticket sales, how to expand the live in-arena experience. Whatever it is that they may ask for our assistance, we are here to help. We support local basketball in every way we can but we’re not being prescriptive in saying this is how you should run a league in the Philippines. There’s way more knowledge on the ground here in the country than we have about what’s successful here." 6. On sports stars from other leagues interacting with NBA players "Our players are incredible. They are global icons, they’re incredible on social media which continues to grow their fanbase….because our players are active on social and they’re interested, personally interested in fashion and technology and gaming, and music and they have relationships with Jay-Z and with Usher, with every other top performer and other athletes are also interested because they’re fans. So when we do an event in London, we get calls from players on Chelsea, and on Tottenham and on Liverpool and on Man U and say “Hey, we wanna come to the game because we wanna see these athletes play. "So, anytime there is an athlete that is a fan of the NBA we will look to engage them. We work with all other sports leagues and we’re also fans. Our players are fans. There’s an opportunity to go to Camp Nou in Barcelona, our players want to be there. So, this is more driven by the players, their personal interests in other sports and other athletes and luckily our athletes are generally pretty popular around the world, and we’ll encourage that engagement and facilitate some particularly social media moments where Neymar comes into the locker room and exchanges a jersey with Steph Curry. We had Ronaldinho wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, dribbling a basketball on his head. All these moments are really special for the crossover fans from one sport to another. But it’s really driven by our players’ personal interest or other athletes’ personal interest in basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Giants Beckham thankful to be back on field after injury

By Tom Canavan, Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Breaking his left ankle and having his career put in jeopardy has given New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. a new perspective on life and football. Speaking to reporters here for the first time since getting hurt in a game in early October, Beckham on Saturday was thankful to be back on the field and seemingly more relaxed and more mature. The 25-year-old said he was not worrying about upcoming contract talks, even though he admits he is taking a calculated risk being in training camp coming off an injury and in the final year of his rookie contract. "I literally watched my world turn upside down," said Beckham, whose ankle snapped in a game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 8. "I watched relationships close to me devour and things go wrong, and things go sideways. It was a lot of pain that I went through the last 10 months. "So, just kind of taking it day by day and trying my best to just make my mindset every day that I wake up I am going to be happy," the three-time Pro Bowler said. "I am going to do this right. I am going to do the very best that I can in whatever it is, whatever it is I am doing. I changed my mindset and it has helped me a lot in everything." The 10-month rehabilitation was not only tough, Beckham also had to deal with reports that the Giants were considering trading him and the never-ending social media tweets and video about his life off the field. Beckham called the trade talk rumor and noise that he has now learned to ignore. "I remember I used to say all the time: 'Don't take it personal' and stuff, but I still took things personal and I really have gotten that out of my heart to not take anything personal," he said. "And with doing that, it's left things that I used to worry about out of the equation. So, once you can really put that in your heart, don't take it personal and you can feel that, it's a completely different story." Beckham's agent Zeke Sandhu was at the Giants' workout Thursday and was seen speaking to assistant general manager Kevin Abrams for almost two hours on the patio overlooking the field. Beckham had said he wants to be the highest paid receiver in the game and that has not changed. However, he said he is leaving the contract talks in the hands of his agent and when something happens, it happens. He added if a deal isn't completed before the start of the season, he would cross that bridge at that time. "I'm confident it'll all work itself out," Beckham said, who is scheduled to make $8.5 million this season. "Life always does." Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is considered the highest paid receiver, earning an average $17 million on a four-year deal. For now, being back on the field is fun. He is enjoying working with coach Pat Shurmur and said the new offense gives him the opportunity to line up in a lot of different spots. "I love football," Beckham said. "Football was always an (release) for me, it was always how I could get everything out, and just being able to be back out on the field like I said, I remember waking up 4 (o'clock) in the morning and crawling upstairs to my bed and laughing to myself, like this is going to be a hell of a ride for you to get back to where you're at. "And now I'm here, and there's still a lot more for me to do. It's truly, I'm just thankful; that God is able to put me back out there," he said. Since being drafted in the first round in 2014, Beckham has played 47 games and has 313 catches for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns. The 25-year-old Beckham says his rehabilitation was long and painful. He says there were nights he had to crawl up three flights of stairs to get to his bedroom. The three-time Pro Bowler says he has made significant strides in the past two months is still not 100 percent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Authoritarian Governments Try to Control Social Media Use

WASHINGTON - Filipinos tapped out text messages on their cellphones to mobilize protests against President Joseph Estrada. The effort mushroomed within hours into a 'people power' revolution that f.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

UK slaps Facebook with 1st fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook is staring down its first fine for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data about millions of people, potentially opening the door for governments around the world to slap the social media giant with other tougher penalties and stricter regulation. On Tuesday, July 10, UK watchdogs announced a $664,000 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

How to ‘fix’ social media without censorship

Regulation is coming, but in the hands of governments, this often means pressure for company censorship......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Satellite images bare damage to Philippine shoal

Publicly-available satellite images show the considerable damage supposedly made by Chinese clam diggers in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal since 2012, an international maritime law expert posted on social media yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Satellite images bare damage to Philippine shoal

Publicly-available satellite images show the considerable damage supposedly made by Chinese clam diggers in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal since 2012, an international maritime law expert posted on social media yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Faces of the News: Jet Li

Chinese actor Jet Li took to social media on Wednesday to reassure his 21 million followers that he was not suffering ill health as claimed by false reports that have since gone viral, fueled by badly angled pictures of him taken during a visit to Tibet. Although the actor posted more recent photographs showing him looking sprightly despite his 55 years, Li's fans continued to wish him better health, and to post pictures of him in his much younger years. It didn't help that the trailer for his latest project, a short film starring billionaire Jack Ma, showed him being bested by the supposed martial arts expert and Alibaba founder. But Li has been in the movie business for th...Keep on reading: Faces of the News: Jet Li.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

PHOTO ESSAY: The year that was in Marawi

The nation stood still afternoon of May 23, 2017 when social media was flooded with photographs and video clips of armed men clad in black, carrying black ISIS flags moving around vital areas in Marawi City. By early evening, some parts of Marawi were on fire and before the nation could fully understand what was […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Best PH ‘communist ‘spy,’ anti-terror expert dies

A KNOWN police intelligence officer who was considered one of the best spies against communist rebels and anti-terror expert passed away today, Wednesday, because of a heart attack. He was 64. Peers and the media posted their condolences on social media for Rodolfo “Boogie” Mendoza, who was a member of the Class of 1978 of [...] The post Best PH ‘communist ‘spy,’ anti-terror expert dies appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 28th, 2018

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Every day, much of humanity now holds in its hands the means to connect and be connected across the world: to family, entertainment and the broadcasts of corporations, states and even terrorist organizations such as the  Islamic State  (ISIS). This connected world has major implications for social progress and global justice, but ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

WATCH | Spread of fake news aims to silence dissent, says chief of embattled PH site

The head of a Philippine online news site battling revocation of its license on Tuesday said some governments have sought to “silence dissent” through the proliferation of fake news, flooding social media with hate messages......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

Recruiter of terrorists charged

GOVERNMENT prosecutors yesterday indicted a woman arrested in Taguig City last October for allegedly recruiting through social media fighters for the ISIS-linked Maute terror group who attacked Marawi City. In a resolution, the Department of Justice indicted Karen Aizha Hamidon with 295 counts of inciting rebellion before the Taguig City….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

More govt’s manipulate media with ‘bots,’ trolls — study

WASHINGTON — More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said last Tuesday. A study of Internet freedom in 65 countries found that 30 governments are deploying some form of manipulation to distort online information, […] The post More govt’s manipulate media with ‘bots,’ trolls — study appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Phl among countries using opinion shapers on social media — report

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is one of the countries where governments were found to manipulate online content on social media, according to a repor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Gov’ts manipulate media with ‘bots,’ trolls — watchdog

WASHINGTON -- More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. A study of internet freedom in 65 countries found 30 governments are deploying some form of manipulation to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 15th, 2017

Afghanistan orders suspension of WhatsApp, Telegram

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan has ordered the suspension of WhatsApp and Telegram to resolve "technical problems", officials said Saturday, November 4, sparking outcry among social media users. Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Telegram are popular messaging apps among smartphone-using Afghans – including Taliban and Islamic State jihadists (IS, formerly known as ISIS ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

WATCH | Arrested ISIS-linked Pinay earlier blamed for ‘radicalizing’ terror recruits in India says she’s just a blogger

(UPDATED - 9:54 p.m.) Even before her arrest last month in the Philippines for allegedly urging foreigners via social media to join the attack on Marawi, 36-year-old Filipina Karen Aizha Hamidon was already considered a threat in India......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

‘ISIS recruiter’ Hamidon cries: ‘I feel deprived of my right’

  The woman who allegedly used social media to recruit Islamic State (IS) fighters has accused the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of denying her of her right to counsel.   Wearing handcuffs and escorted by NBI agents, Karen Aizha Hamidon appeared before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday for the first preliminary investigation on the rebellion or inciting to rebellion complaint filed against her.   "I feel deprived of my right for legal counsel as stipulated in the Constitution," Hamidon told reporters after Friday's hearing.   The suspect said she was only provided with lawyers from the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) during the...Keep on reading: ‘ISIS recruiter’ Hamidon cries: ‘I feel deprived of my right’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017