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Internet Cafe Ban Worries Bloggers

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 7:11 am (UTC+7)
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Cambodian bloggers say a new government ban on Internet cafes near schools could mean the elimination of Phnom Penh cyber cafes altogether. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has issued a circular banned Internet cafes within 500 meters of any school. It also bans Internet use to people under the age of 18 and “outlines […]

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Banned Chea Vichea Film Goes Online

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 8:21 am (UTC+7)
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Just as rights activists have turned to the Web to advocate against land grabs, a group of filmmakers are using online capabilities to distribute a film that has been banned from distribution in Cambodia. “Who Killed Chea Vichea,” which examines the murder of the labor activist in 2004 has been prohibited from distribution in the […]

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Rights Activists Find Blogs as Advocacy Platforms

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 10:48 pm (UTC+7)
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With the advent of blogging platforms that are easy to launch and maintain, Cambodia’s rights activists are making use of the Internet to get their message out to a wider audience. In less than five minutes, nearly anyone can create a blog, whether its about his or her personal life as a university student or […]

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What To Make of Faster Speeds, Smarter Phones?

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 10:18 pm (UTC+7)
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In a country where TV and radio are so popular, mobile phone is now a new means to bring news to Cambodians nationwide. Nearly 60 percent of the population of 14 million are mobile phone users, according to a recent report from BuddeComm, a telecommunications research company. That’s a major jump, from around 690,000 (with […]

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Tweets from Cambodia

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 9:51 pm (UTC+7)
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While most of the Internet users in Cambodia are on networking site Facebook, “Twitter is growing in leaps and bounds,” said a founder of TweetCambodia, which aggregates tweets with hashtag #cambodia. “Cambodia has a very phone-centric culture and that’s suited well to Twitter use. We are seeing a lot more sophistication in the use of […]

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Mobile Internet And the Digital Divide: Cambodia

Posted July 16th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC+7)
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Since the United Nations has declared that “Internet access is a human right,” it’s hard to imagine how Cambodia, a country of low Internet penetration, will provide greater access to people across the country. In a previous blog post, I pointed out a UN report that calls for “greater Internet freedoms” and declares that “Internet […]

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Android and Workarounds for the Problem of Khmer Text

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 11:07 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh Despite lacking official support from the mobile operating system Android, Cambodian developers here could exploit the code released by Google to make Khmer-language websites readable, a high demand from mobile net users. In a country like Cambodia, Google’s Android-powered smart phones could provide an alternative solution to most people, compared to […]

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Internet Access is a Human Right, says United Nations report

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 8:33 am (UTC+7)
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VOA Khmer’s Heng Reaksmey reported Tuesday that a rights group called for “greater Internet freedoms” as it released its report on “Internet Censorship: the ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression in Cambodia.” The Cambodian Center for Human Rights concluded the report saying that “The RGC to develop mechanisms to increase Internet penetration in Cambodia, to […]

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Facebook App Released for Cambodian Users

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 2:27 pm (UTC+7)
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Apple users can now communicate in Khmer language over social site Facebook thanks to a new free app, Facebook Khmer, released by a Cambodian software development firm. Khemara-Soft, which previously released free Radio Khmer app for Apple users, has just launched Facebook Khmer that “allows you to read/view text typing in Khmer within Facebook.” While the […]

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Fake Online Identity Raises Concern as Facebook Is Taking off

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 1:34 pm (UTC+7)
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As Facebook is taking off in Cambodia, concerns over online identity also arise when several public profiles of Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen were found online, but denied by the premier cabinet. With more than 600 million users world wide, Facebook has a policy that allows its users to report fake profiles. But a quick […]

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Bun Tharum is a freelance journalist, blogger, and digital media specialist. Blogging since 2005, he’s been a contributing-writer for Global Voices Online, Asian Correspondent, and several other print publications. His main interests are information and communication technologies for development and online media. Tharum’s base is Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s largest capital city.

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