PLDT-Smart to launch tech that will help curb
online child abuse and exploitation
PLDT and wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) are boosting efforts against online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Angel Redoble, FVP and Chief Information Security Officer of ePLDT Group, PLDT Group, and Smart Communications said the group will soon deploy a technology that will block access to sites that contain child porn materials.
“We have developed a system wherein when a user tries to access these malicious sites, they will automatically be redirected to another page that says the website they are trying to access violates Philippine laws. If everything goes as scheduled, we should have that capability before the year ends,” he said.
Redoble also said that the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has accepted PLDT-Smart’s application for membership. Once approved, the PLDT group will gain access to IWF’s rich database of web pages linked to child porn allowing it to clamp down further on the trade of illicit content that feature children.
PLDT-Smart Center Head/AVP for Cyber Security Strategy and Innovation Francisco Ashley Acedillo pointed out that upon the recommendation of the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC), Smart has been diligently shutting down web pages that upload these prohibited materials: “PLDT-Smart has blocked more than 2,900 sites linked to online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.”
Citing data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Justice Department has reported that online sexual abuse and exploitation of children cases more than tripled when the country was placed under Extreme Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the second quarter of the yea
The coronavirus pandemic has forced schools to migrate to blended learning which requires children to spend more time on the internet to study. UNICEF has warned about predators preying on children in cyberspace. But the child rights advocate has also reminded authorities that predators could be present at home. UNICEF said that job loss due to the public health crisis could pressure parents or guardians into forcing children to perform lewd acts online for money.
Redoble is asking the government, especially law enforcement agencies, to engage telcos in the fight against online child abuse and exploitation.
“We can share all our efforts and our best practices to help come up with more effective programs to combat these crimes,” he said.
PLDT and Smart, together with other players in the industry, have also been urging Congress to reconcile conflicting laws that hamper anti-child porn efforts.
The PLDT group has been actively seeking guidance on how to champion children’s welfare in its day-to-day operations. Acedillo said that after consultations with UNICEF, PLDT-Smart has integrated child-safeguarding policies into its business – a first in the Philippines. These cover various processes and programs for the workplace, marketing activities, product and service offerings, and trade community engagements.
Great deals, huge discounts, vouchers
from vivo await this 12.12 sale
Been holding off purchasing a new vivo smartphone to wait for amazing deals? Well, wait no longer as vivo will be offering huge discounts this December 12 as part of Shopee’s 12.12 Big Christmas Sale and Lazada’s 12.12 sale.
Budget-friendlier phones. On December 12, the budget-friendly vivo Y12 and Y15 will become even more affordable with a P1,500 and P3,000 discount, respectively. These entry level smartphones both sport a triple camera setup perfect for everyday photography and a 5000mAh battery enough for streaming and browsing all-day.
Premium smartphones at affordable price tags. Meanwhile, midrange vivo smartphones like the ultra-thin V20 SE, the gaming-capable V19 Neo, and the uber-stylish S1 Pro will also get huge discounts during the sale. vivo will offer the V20 SE for P13999, the S1 Pro for P11999, and the V19 Neo for a mega-discounted price of P12999.
Awesome vouchers from 12mn-2am. Planning to check out as soon as soon as the clock strikes 12 on 12.12? Well you’re in for another great treat as the leading global technology company will also be offering special vouchers from 12mn-2am. Don’t miss the chance to save P300 when you use the promo code VIVOE300 on Shopee.
If you’re lucky enough to find a few more stocks of your desired vivo smartphone at the end of the day, vivo will also offer P300-off voucher from 9pm-12mn on Shopee. Simply key in VIVOF300.
On the other hand, promo codes VIVOC100, which gives customers P100 off their P4,000 minimum purchase, and VIVOG300, which gives customers P300 off their P9,999 minimum purchase, can be used throughout the day.
Other vivo smartphones which will be discounted on 12.12 include the vivo Y91c, the Y11, and the Y19. Here is a complete list of all vivo smartphones that will get huge discounts this December 12:
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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to reward yourself this holiday season with a stylish and marked-down vivo smartphone this December 12 via the official vivo store on Shopee and Lazada. To learn more visit vivoglobal.ph
Jason Goodall, Global CEO of NTT Ltd.
announces intention to retire in mid-2021
Singapore – 4 December 2020 – NTT Ltd., a world leading global technology services provider, today announced that current Global Chief Executive Officer, Jason Goodall, will retire at the end of June 2021. After 23 years in many senior leadership roles across the NTT family, including Global CEO of Dimension Data, and the inaugural Global CEO of NTT Ltd., Jason has decided to step down in the middle of next year to spend more time with his family and pursue a portfolio career in the technology industry as an investor, advisor and board member.
Following his retirement, Jason will remain as a Board Director for NTT Ltd. and Dimension Data, as well as act as a strategic advisor for our NTT Venture Capital business.
Jason has brought a unique energy and passion for both the industry and organisation over the last 23 years of service. He is a people-first leader and has built the new organization based on purpose, performance and culture. Having successfully completed the first phase of the integration and managed the impact of COVID-19 this year, Jason is leaving an incredible legacy.
Jason will remain as Global CEO until 1 April 2021 and will then work closely with his successor for three months to ensure a seamless handover. NTT will be announcing Jason’s successor in the coming weeks.
Sky calls on subs to share ideas to uplift hope, cheer this season
2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, but now more than ever, we need to feel the spirit of Christmas in our hearts. Now is the season to kindle the warmth of caring, friendship, kindness and concern to those around us.
This Christmas, SKY invites its subscribers to share ideas on how they can #BeTheSpark of hope and joy to others, and bring inspiration, light and love this holiday season.
From December 9, 2020 to January 3, 2021, subscribers can simply visit mysky.com.ph/bethespark to send their answers. Lucky subscribers have the chance to win exciting prizes fit for the season such as motorcycles, tablets, smart phones, hygiene and health essentials, grocery packages, as well as surprise treats from HBO and SKY.
“We simply want to have our subscribers feel a sense of optimism and joy this holiday season despite everything that has happened this year. We encourage them to share and inspire others through their ideas showing their expression of love and thankfulness for what we have today” said Claudia Suarez, Head of Consumer Products Group.
SKY will also bring inspiring content and heartwarming shows as it opens more channels to subscribers at no additional cost starting December 18, 2020 until January 1, 2021.
“Through television, families can still bond and create a festive mood despite these uncertain times,” added James Dumlao, SKY Head of Programming.
SKYcable subscribers can catch Chef Jamie Oliver share his delectable recipes for the holidays as “Jamie’s Quick and Easy Christmas” premieres on Metro Channel this December 19, 8pm. Viewers can also seek the guidance of Chef Giada De Laurentiis in preparing for a fun Christmas party as the fifth season of “Giada’s Holiday Handbook” premieres on Food Network.
A holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without films that touch the heart and inspire wanderlust. Families can begin their movie marathon session on December 24th, 5pm as they tune in to All Day Christmas movies on Lifetime, with “This Christmas Hotel” being the main film highlight. They can also opt to imbibe the holiday spirit earlier as CinemaWorld takes viewers to a virtual travel adventure experience through their themed films starting December 20, 9pm. Young adults will surely enjoy the channel’s first feature film, “Dear Lemon Lima.”
Fans can also follow their favorite talent show, “The Masked Singer” season 4, on Blue Ant Entertainment as it highlights the countdown to the most-awaited finale. Meanwhile, a special glimpse of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree can be seen in the “The Today Show” on TAP TV every 8pm.
Kids get to learn and enjoy interactive game segments in MIAO MI’s “Find with Miao Mi”. Along with their parents, they can geek out on Discovery Channel’s “Rocket Around the Christmas Tree,” wherein they can spectate the most outrageous rocket-powered Christmas tree competition starting this December 23, 9pm.
There are many more channels to choose from and there is bound to be a show that will warm and captivate the hearts of everyone in the family this Christmas.
SKY hopes that through these initiatives, its subscribers will be inspired to pay it forward and truly #bethespark of hope and joy to others this season and beyond.
To know more about SKY’s Christmas campaign, www.mysky.com.ph/bethespark.