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 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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Conference to Foster Ideas Worth Spreading

Posted May 23rd, 2011 at 4:59 pm (UTC+7)
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A TED-styled event is happening at a Phnom Penh university on June the 4th, and an organizer hopes the conference will help foster the concept of sharing ideas and knowledge. “Unshared thoughts and ideas have little value. We understand that the greatest progress and development in the world comes through open discussion and sharing of […]

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Net Users Turn to Tribunal Sites for Video Coverage

Posted May 19th, 2011 at 4:47 pm (UTC+7)
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“…a society cannot know itself if it does not have an accurate memory of its own history,” reads a message on the main website of Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). As DC-Cam publishes ‘Searching for the Truth,’ a monthly print publication on the Khmer Rouge for over a decade, in 2007 the independent research institute […]

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News of Journalism Mentor’s Death Broke on Facebook

Posted May 15th, 2011 at 5:36 pm (UTC+7)
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On 10 May at around 6 PM, a media student of Reach Sambath wrote on her lecturer’s Facebook profile that “Dear Lokru [lecturer or teacher], I hope you are fine now. We are worrying about you. Take care our dear lecturer”. Largely known for nurturing and mentoring young Cambodian journalists, Reach Sambath’s death shocked his […]

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Note on VOACambodia.com Contest

Posted May 10th, 2011 at 3:14 pm (UTC+7)
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As VOACambodia.com contest came to an end last week after a 27-year-old Voice of America (VOA) Khmer listener collected an Apple iPad (the contest grand prize), I have a few things to mention in this blog post. I began working on VOACambodia.com contest since late last year. Primarily designed to promote and enhance VOA Khmer’s […]

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What Information Means in Cambodia Today

Posted May 5th, 2011 at 9:24 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh On Tuesday, I attended a World Press Freedom Day forum in Phnom Penh. The theme this year was “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers.” And while everyone was talking about Facebook and Twitter, what I found interesting was the way that information is changing in Cambodia—how it’s gathered, delivered and […]

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After New Year, New Online Relationships

Posted April 13th, 2011 at 2:27 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh As Cambodia’s New Year approaches, many of the nation’s young will be traveling home, to see old friends and spend time with their families. This is a time-honored tradition. But after the festivities are concluded and people return to their modern lives, they’ll increasingly grapple with social relationships that take place […]

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Sympathy for Japan, Online and Off

Posted March 30th, 2011 at 3:36 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh I visited the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh last week after hearing that the embassy compound was open to residents for donations to the earthquake victims in Japan. Buddhist monks, students, business people and ordinary citizens were standing in line to pay tribute to the victims of the 9.0-magnitude quake and […]

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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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