Bun Tharum is a freelance journalist, blogger, and digital media specialist. Blogging since 2004, 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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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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View From an Afghan Blogger

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 3:46 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh Hameed Tasal is a 23-year-old blogger and technologist from Jalalabad, Afghanitan. He’s one of the authors of a blog called Jalalagood. I asked him to guest blog his perspectives on a monthlong trip he took to Cambodia–his first visit ever. He writes: “I was in Cambodia for one month this time. […]

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Jobs Remembered in the Digital Corners of Cambodia

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 8:58 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh Cambodia has no official Apple Store where fans of Steve Jobs, who died Thursday at 56, can pay homage. But Cambodian Facebook pages were cluttered with news stories, messages and memorable quotes from the man who helped found Apple and led the company through the explosion of the information age. Here, […]

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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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Cambodian Computer Wiz Wins Google Grant

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:42 pm (UTC+7)
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(Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh, BLOG) Eighteen-year-old Thim Chanrithy is now in Vietnam’s Cantho province for three months, writing software he proposed to the coding giant, Google, to make open-source software more portable. That idea has special applications in Cambodia, where the Internet is not widely used but where the movement of software from disc to […]

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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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