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US to help build Philippines e-gov’t infrastructure

A group of American businessmen will meet with Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her Cabinet officials this week to help design the country

IDC: Linux not yet ready for mass market

Linux, the open-source operating system, may be gaining a lot of ground in the enterprise space, but Windows will likely continue to dominate consumer desktops at least in the near future.

Philippines to implement cybersecurity program

The government for the first time extensively outlined its strategy to implement a countrywide cybersecurity system to protect key state functions and private companies from possible electronic threats.

Cybercrime law set to be passed next congress

The long-awaited cybercrime law is expected to be passed later this year by the new Congress which will convene in July.

Philippines has inadequate funds for IT

The failure of Congress to ratify the proposed 864 billion peso (US$15.4 billion) 2004 national budget could leave the government with insufficient funds to spend for information technology projects this year. Instead of enacting the 2004 budget, where a proposed additional one billion pesos would have been allocated for IT initiatives, senators and congressmen re-enacted the 804 billion peso 2003 budget after failing to agree on certain issues concerning the 2004 budget proposal.

Philippines will restrict VoIP to telcos

As expected, only telecommunication companies will be allowed to offer voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services based on the draft guidelines prepared by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Fate of Philippines Wi-Fi still up in the air

Local initiatives to develop services based on the wireless networking technology called wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) have been relegated to the freezer. After a grand takeoff in June, Wi-Fi services came crashing down this month after government regulators shot it down.

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