The Case of Computer Scientist Katie Bouman: The social media that glorifies and bullies

A lot of things to be said here — from raising her for being a woman (a young, good-looking one at that) to the lack of research before judging information available in social media to the mere tactlessness and insensitivity of posting things without much thought.

Session Groceries breaks barriers to help Benguet farmers amid oversupply

Benguet farmers typically forced to throw away surplus produce are now able to sell directly to interested people in the National Capital Region (NCR), and eventually to other nearby urban areas, at favorable prices. These prices are at a lower rate compared to regular groceries and even many wet markets around Metro Manila.

After my 10-year hiatus on independent filmmaking, wrapping up post for my very first experimental film

My first independent short film in 10 years is an experimental film for grad school. This is going to be my most personal film to date and it feels great to work on something new (aside from going back to my roots) after working on mostly branded shorts during my indie hiatus.

Dealing with the Momo Challenge viral hoax

A number of news reports and social media posts about the “Momo Challenge” created mass hysteria on the third week of February 2019. While this challenge has been circulating around various online platforms for quite some time, the recent influx of legitimate reports and posts about it poses more risk even after it was debunked as a viral hoax.

An Epiphany: This decade is the Second Wave of the Digital Revolution in film and TV — It’s time to evolve

I read this post, alongside the many news reports about the 2019 Academy Awards lobbying for the qualification of the Alfonso Cuaron film “Roma,” being a Netflix film with minimal theatrical release

Elon Musk-funded OpenAI threatens spread of convincing fake news at an alarming rate

Media outfits from respected broadsheets to renowned technology websites recently reported a breaking news about the Elon Musk-funded artificial intelligence (AI) software that has the ability to build an authentic-looking fake news story with minimal resource in a matter of seconds. With the current global problem on the spread of disinformation, including those for political propaganda, cultural attacks, and capitalist ventures, this developed AI system called OpenAI threatens to revolutionize the dissemination of convincing fake news stories at an alarming rate.

Philippines’ 2019 Measles Outbreak: An objective look at what DOH and WHO facts say and what media reports

As news reports and social media posts continue to cover the 2019 measles outbreak in the Philippines as early as January, a number of people and institutions already expressed its connection to the paranoia following the Dengvaxia scandal. While this may have some bearing in certain cases where families insist of no longer vaccinating their children, examining the statistics available from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) presents a more objective look into the situation, which apparently, debunks the theory that the main cause of the epidemic is the public’s Dengvaxia scare.

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