Rappler, Google and Plus Social Good made an impressive move when they presented #ThinkPH Summit – The Internet, Big Data & You, on a big venue like the New World Makati Hotel last Aug. 23 .
The summit just came right on time when the pork barrel scam is being much talked about, much more on the social media. Quite good that social media has greatly affected and help the public to be much aware of political scandals that are rocking the society. There are other breaking news aside from these political squanders, but it’s great to see that a lot of people have gone out of the street to protest the recent brouhaha, and the internet has a lot to do with it.
The internet now is not just a venue for emails, chat, social network hang-outs, but also a platform where voices can be heard and everyone can be vigilant of the things that is happening around. Take for example the Million People March that successfully brought and air the people’s grievances to abolish the PDAF of lawmakers and the conviction of the people behind the 10 billion pork barrel scam. It would never worked out without the internet, big data collection, and the responsible people who made it happen.
As timely as it is, ThinkPH also tackled the future of Philippine elections and how Big Data could help ease out and crack down election related frauds in the system.
Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes was in his jolly mood and even stir up humor when he sat down with Hon. Miro Quimbo of the Liberal Party and Hon. Toby Tiangco of United Nationalist Alliance for a Question & Answer portion of the summit moderated by Rappler and Move.PH‘s Chay Hofileña and presented by Rappler’s Gemma Mendoza, who was responsible for bringing the transition of Newsbreak magazine from print to the World Wide Web.
“It will definitely be better if social media becomes a strong influence in earning votes,”said Hon. Tiangco when the topic of the influence of social media during election was brought up.
Chairman Brillantes confirmed his retirement on 2015 and is up for writing a book about Election 2013 afterwards. “The best achievement for myself, is that the last 2013 election, it’s not in the media that in my 25 years of practicing the law, this is the first time since 1987, the entire province in Lanai del Sur has become peaceful,” he proudly told in front of the crowd.
Also in the crowd were Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler; Narciso Reyes, Country Manager, Google Philippines; Bienvenido Marquez, Partner, Quisumbing Torres; Robin Leonard, CEO, AllFamous; Russell Shepherd, Data Scientist, Rappler Intelligence; Glenda Gloria, Managing Editor, Rappler; and other CEOs and executives from various organizations and media content publishers. Newly elected Senator Grace Poe also gave her own speech that day.
The issue did not stop over the summit and now we are gripped with news of Zamboanga siege and the would-be prosecution of Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, who were all charged in the PDAF Pork Barrel Scam.
Until issues of corruption and the developments in Philippine elections, social media will always be there to monitor and give quick updates of what is happening around the country, its people, and the present administration’s every move on national issues.
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