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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After Japan Quake, the Search for a Survivor

Posted March 18th, 2011 at 9:38 pm (UTC+7)
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Soeung Sophat (Washington, D.C.) and Bun Tharum (Phnom Penh) When an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, Cambodian students in Japan found themselves in a frightening situation. But through social media and other communications, most students were able to check on each other during and after the quake. When the shaking ended, all […]

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Blogs Providing Discussion Space for Women

Posted March 11th, 2011 at 10:51 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh Cambodian women bloggers say the Internet is helping them challenge a traditional order that has typically silenced them and to find new ways to air their grievances with society or government. Blogging can provide a useful outlet for the computer literate, including women, at a time when some groups say they […]

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Five Years and Counting for Khmer Wikis

Posted March 2nd, 2011 at 10:13 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh With more than 3.5 million articles in English language, Wikipedia is now the world’s most popular Internet encyclopedia, a collaboration of volunteers from around the globe. Since its launch five years ago the Khmer Wikipedia [km.wikipedia.org], has sought to provide a similar service. It has more than 5,500 registered users who […]

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Cambodian Radio App Proving Popular

Posted February 12th, 2011 at 7:26 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh Thousands of people have downloaded a Cambodian-developed application for the iPhone and iPad that allows users to listen to radio on their Apple gadgets. The application, called Radio Khmer (version 1.2), was created by KhemaraSoft, a technology firm that develops applications for Apple’s iOS platform. Sath Mony, a cofounder of the […]

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TEDxPhnomPenh conference – liveblog

Posted February 5th, 2011 at 10:13 am (UTC+7)
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TEDxPhnomPenh is taking place today at Northbridge International School (Cambodia). I’m here to cover the day-long event. TED speaker and fellow Sophal Ear wrote in an email saying that: I’m absolutely delighted that TEDxPP is taking place! TED is about ideas worth spreading and Cambodia has many wonderful ideas worth spreading and sharing. I believe […]

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TEDx ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ Just Around the Corner

Posted January 25th, 2011 at 6:56 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum An ambitious conference to generate ideas on building Cambodia’s future will take place next month in Phnom Penh, where thinkers and doers will talk about Internet activism, social entrepreneurship, roles of arts and culture in Cambodian society and sustainable solutions to capacity building. The TEDx Phnom Penh conference, set for Feb. 5, is […]

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Blocked Blog Sites Stir Censorship Concerns

Posted January 20th, 2011 at 8:28 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Pich Samnang Failed connections to blogs across numerous Internet service providers—including a prominent dissident site—has Cambodian web users seeking answers from their providers and the government. Apparent blocked access to KI Media in all cases, and to all of Google’s blogspot sites in some cases, also raised worries that government censorship moved online […]

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Cambodians and Facebook, a Love Story

Posted January 6th, 2011 at 3:04 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh This week Facebook announced $500 million in investment from Goldman Sachs. This put the value of Facebook at $50 billion, affirming its popularity among many Internet users around the world. Cambodia is no different, and in the past six months, the number of Facebook users here has skyrocketed. Cambodians use Facebook […]

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What Happens When a Blog Goes Offline?

Posted December 29th, 2010 at 9:33 pm (UTC+7)
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The case against Seng Kunnaka also shows that cracking down on an individual is easier than attacking a site like KI Media, as long as it stays online. The site, which began in the 2000s as an email digest, has remained faceless.

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Limited ‘Leaks’ Impact in Cambodia: Media Expert

Posted December 21st, 2010 at 4:49 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh The impact of the disclosure of cables from the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, which could be part of the ongoing Wikileaks campaign, are hard to guess. But the leaks do raise questions as to how the Internet will open up governments, a media expert says. Wikileaks, a whistle-blowing website that […]

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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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