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(originally posted at www.piusonline.com)

This year for the first time, the Philippines through the Philippine Internet Users Society (PIUS) together with Events Philippines and various partner organizations which includes media organizations, non-government organizations, entrepreneurs, businesses, educational institutions and others have joined hand to officially marked OneWebDay - "The Internet Day" on September 22, 2009 at Mall of Asia.

On September 22, 2006 the first ever OneWebDay was celebrated. The idea was created by Susan P. Crawford, who set up the web site, traveled to different cities to encourage people to celebrate OneWebDay, and persuaded the initial group of evangelists to celebrate the day. David Weinberger, Mary Hodder, and David Isenberg (all OneWebDay Board members) were heavily involved in brainstorming about OneWebDay in 2005-06.

We in the Philippines are perhaps far ahead from those in the United States, that is why way before the OneWebDay, Janette Toral and others have actually started celebrating an equivalent event to One Internet Day here in the Philippines in 2000. Although not a regular annual event it was an attempt to really make the internet more accessible to everyone.

I would like to thank all those who are working to really work for a better internet access in the country including those that organized events like Software Freedom Day, Joomla Day and other similar events every year. These events provide greater access, awareness and empowerment to internet users in our country.

I would also like to invite everyone to join the The ProFora Media Lightbulb Sessions and be empowered.

Now let me quote from the official history published in Wikipedia:

OneWebDay is a day when users of the World Wide Web are encouraged to show how the Internet affects their lives. It is held on September 22. The purpose of the event is to globally celebrate online life. The goal of celebrating OneWebDay each year is to create and make visible a global constituency that cares about the future of the Internet.

The first ever OneWebDay was held on September 22, 2006. The idea was created by Susan P. Crawford, who set up the web site, traveled to different cities to encourage people to celebrate OneWebDay, and persuaded the initial group of evangelists to celebrate the day. David Weinberger, Mary Hodder, and David Isenberg (all OneWebDay Board members) were heavily involved in brainstorming about OneWebDay in 2005-06.

The first OneWebDay's anchor celebration in 2006 featured Craig Newmark, Scott Heiferman, and Drew Schutte as speakers in New York City's Battery Park.

In 2008 OneWebDay was celebrated at more than 30 international events. In Washington Square Park NYC speakers included John Perry Barlow, Jonathan Zittrain, Craig Newmark, and Lawrence Lessig.

In May 2009, after founder Susan Crawford had joined the Obama administration, Mitch Kapor took over chairmanship of OneWebDay. It was also announced that a major funding grant had been granted by the Ford Foundation.

I hope that we come together as one and celebrate in unity. Let us thank the effort of people who tries to make a difference for all of us internet users.

Happy OneWebDay on September 22!





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For all anime and cosplay fanatics out there, here are two super events which you have to look forward to in Manila this coming November 2009. One is the Anime Overload Festival on November 8, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia.


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Theme: How Can We Make the Internet Accessible for Everyone?

Prior to the OneWebDay Celebration (Sept 22), PIUS Inc is proud to launch a blogging competition in order to encourage discourses and discussions on the role of information technology and the internet in our society, bearing in mind the challenges that the Philippines faces today.

All Filipino Bloggers are invited to join 2Blog+2Act: A Blogging Competition and write a blog post on the topic, How Can We Make the Internet Accessible for Everyone?

The blog should have clear idea/proposal and with strong opening and closing statements. Since the Competition also hopes to motivate people to act, the piece should have strong appeal to encourage readers or concerned sectors to do something to make internet accessible for everyone.

Details on how to participate are found in this site - http://piusonline.com/index.php/onewebday/blogging.


Eligibility and Language


The 2Blog+2Act Competition (“Competition”) is open to Filipino citizens who are residents of the Philippines or any country, who are at least fifteen (15) years of age at the time of this publication, and who have been maintaining blogs as of January 1, 2009. You may write in English or in Filipino.

HURRY, JOIN NOW!!!!




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Another hoax is circulating in e-mail nowadays. The email says that whenever someone forces you to withdraw in an Automated Teller Machine or ATM all you have to do is to enter your PIN in reverse order. This will then let you withdraw money however the money will stuck up and it will also alert the police of the anomalous act being made. However, upon search online it was found out that this email is false and the system is not true.

Most of us will literally be led to believe that this is true since it is very practical and our concern for our friends will then led us to forward this to more people. What we do not know is this email may even include a tracking code that will allow people to snoop our emails or even worse.

So how can we determine if an email is true or false?

One rule in email: If it looks to good to be true and beyond the ordinary search for it in your search engine and add the word hoax at the end.

If it is a hoax it will easily be identified since there are people and authorities who are always on the lookout for hoaxes online.

Here are the references to the ATM Reverse PIN Code Alert Hoax:

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/reverse-pin-ATM.shtml

http://www.snopes.com/business/bank/pinalert.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATM_SafetyPIN_software



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I Had Been Tagged.. Now Join Me on Tagged

Posted by David D'Angelo | 9/05/2009 08:19:00 PM | | 0 comments »
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I had been a member of Tagged since November 8, 2006 but I never really went to the social networking site until today. Well I find it hard to really maintain a lot of social networking sites but thanks to ping.fm and Nash because it really made updating all my profiles easier. So what can I say about Tagged?

Well, first and foremost I am not yet very familiar with this social networking site but one thing I noticed is that there is a premium version to the site. There is also a promo that your first month will only be charges US1.00. One of the bonus on the paid feature is you will be able to see the profile of those who see you. Well for me I will not really pay for the paid version of it.

Well, anyway I did enjoy Tagged but it is very similar to other social networking sites... you can add videos, connect with your friends, play games and more. I still don't like my profile because the blue theme messes with some of the text color. I do not also know if I will be able or will be allowed to change the theme and even the background. I had been searching and after 30-minutes of looking for the way on how to change it, I quit.

I also uploaded some videos, put some information about myself and try the matching game. Well I definitely would include Tagged in my social network sites.

So for those who want to add me on Tagged here is my link http://www.tagged.com/shenbrood

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Col Alex Tabarra Email Scam Beware

Posted by David D'Angelo | 9/05/2009 06:14:00 PM | , | 0 comments »
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It just fascinating and also irritating that day after day there are some e-mail scams that would eventually get past your usual e-mail filtering. Today I received an e-mail from a certain Col. Alex Tabara whose email is alextabara2@gmail.com. Perhaps he cannot use alextabara@gmail.com because it was already used. The e-mail talks about a large sum of money discovered by US troops in Iraq which he had stolen. It also has a link to the legitimate news about a real incident like this which is already under investigation.

At first look and if you are really interested with getting rich fast you will reply and communicate with this person in the hope of getting some of the money. But in the end you will ask yourself why you did it.

First if you look at the email address and the text there is a discrepancy in the name. Alex Tabara on the header and Col. Alex Tabarra on the content. It seems the sender is also confused of his real name.

It was also highly stupid to just send random email to someone you don't know and just expect him or her to trust you with such a delicate thing you have done. The money is stolen, you are deling with the United States and it involves some tactics that might be too risky.

I have checked this e-mail and it was found out that is belongs to the group of 419 scams.

What are 419 scams? The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

So better be careful and always scrutinize your email specially if it involves get rich things.

Here are added reminders by the 419 site:

1. Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
2. The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
3. Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

You can visit them and check for scam emails and more at www.419scam.org


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You Can Earn Through Twitter

Posted by David D'Angelo | 9/01/2009 02:26:00 AM | | 0 comments »
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Now you can earn through your Twitter account. Although I do not advice doing this regularly since you might irrate some of your followers so please use it sparingly and with caution. IZEA, the creators of social spark and other online earning sites had come up with Sponsored Tweets. This will definitely add up to your online income.

Sponsored tweets will promote your twitter account to advertisers which will in turn advertise their products using the 140 character limit of Twitter. To be eligible for this online earning opportunity your Twitter must have at least 200 followers.

A must try for those who have large following considering that IZEA is definitely one of the best ad networks available. They have a large advertiser network and relatively pays well when it comes to ads generated on their network.

So JOIN SPONSORED TWEETS NOW.


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