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View From an Afghan Blogger

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 3:46 pm (UTC+7)

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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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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Cambodian Computer Wiz Wins Google Grant

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:42 pm (UTC+7)

(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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Conference to Foster Ideas Worth Spreading

Posted May 23rd, 2011 at 4:59 pm (UTC+7)

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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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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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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TEDxPhnomPenh conference – liveblog

Posted February 5th, 2011 at 10:13 am (UTC+7)

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)

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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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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