Asia Times: Cambodia poised to be big Covid-19 loser

Asia Times: Cambodia poised to be big Covid-19 loser. “Cambodia, despite reporting fewer coronavirus cases than most of its neighbors, could be among the region’s biggest Covid-19 losers due to economic and financial contagion effects. The country’s most crucial business sectors, including tourism and garment manufacturing, have ground to a virtual halt since the pandemic first emerged in China in January and thereafter spread worldwide.”

Khmer Times: In Cambodia, learning during COVID-19

Khmer Times: In Cambodia, learning during COVID-19. “Cambodia’s first confirmed case of Covid-19 occurred in late January. With a second case in early March in Siem Reap province, home of the renowned temples of Angkor Wat, the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS), in an abundance of caution, closed the schools until further notice. Education in Cambodia ground to a halt, or so one might have imagined, but the MoEYS quickly found creative ways to promote learning outside the traditional school setting. The ministry worked with private companies to launch a new e-learning initiative. Lessons for students in grades one through 12 were prerecorded and offered online through the ministry’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, e-learning website and TV.”

Geeks in Cambodia: Cambodia’s Health Ministry Creates Online Location-Tracking Map Of Covid-19

Geeks in Cambodia: Cambodia’s Health Ministry Creates Online Location-Tracking Map Of Covid-19 . “As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cambodia reached 122 (as of April 22), the Ministry of Health’s Communicable Disease Control Department (CDC) has recently launched an online initiative that provides an interactive map and updated case count in near real-time, as well as a series of educational videos to help people play their part to stem the spread of the virus.”

Geeks in Cambodia: More Than 35 Solutions To Fight Covid-19 In Cambodia Found At #Hackhthecrisis

Geeks in Cambodia: More Than 35 Solutions To Fight Covid-19 In Cambodia Found At #Hackhthecrisis. “An online hackathon #HacKHtheCrisis, to rapidly build solutions to challenges related to COVID-19, brought together more than 200 participants and over 55 mentors who tried to tackle challenges submitted by the public. After hacking for 48 hours last weekend, the teams developed over 35 solutions, which covered topics such as wellbeing, agriculture, SME support, healthcare, medical support community support, and access to information.”

EurekAlert: Study uses AI to estimate unexploded bombs from Vietnam War

EurekAlert: Study uses AI to estimate unexploded bombs from Vietnam War. “Researchers have used artificial intelligence to detect Vietnam War-era bomb craters in Cambodia from satellite images – with the hope that it can help find unexploded bombs. The new method increased true bomb crater detection by more than 160 percent over standard methods.”

Cambodia: Ministry bans use of Google Translate for signboards (The Japan News)

The Japan News: Cambodia: Ministry bans use of Google Translate for signboards. “An interministerial meeting led by the Environment Ministry has decided to ban property developers from using Google Translate for their signboards and trademarks. The meeting was held to carry out consultation and a full assessment of the environmental and social impact caused by poor translations at condominium and apartment development projects.”

LaCroix International: Lives in pictures are saved as buried treasures

New-to-me: an online archive of Cambodia photography. “In 1975, when the Khmer Rouge regime took power in Cambodia and isolated the country from the rest of the world, the Ramas were ordered to leave their home in the city of Battambang. “They told us that the U.S. would bomb the city and that we would only be away for a short time,” Vira Rama tells ucaews.com. Despite the order from Khmer Rouge soldiers to not take too much stuff with them, they left with all their family photos. More than 40 years later, Vira Rama, who was 10 years old when Pol Pot’s regime took power, still isn’t entirely sure why his parents kept them.”

Coda Story: Cambodia’s Internet crackdown reaches its activist monks

Coda Story: Cambodia’s Internet crackdown reaches its activist monks. “The sexually explicit photos were plastered over Venerable Luon Sovath’s Facebook page, with its more than 100,000 followers. ‘The monk lacks morals,’ one of the messages read. On the same day, his YouTube channel was also hacked, along with his personal email. Sovath doesn’t know who was behind the attack and about five others that have targeted his pages. But he is the most well-known of Cambodia’s tech-capable monks, who have become citizen journalists, videoing stories throughout Cambodia and sharing them on social media.”

Geeks in Cambodia: RUPP Unveils App on Khmer Rouge

Geeks in Cambodia: RUPP Unveils App on Khmer Rouge. “As a new generation of young Cambodians learn about the Khmer Rouge era in school, technological advancements such as the Mapping Memories Cambodia (MMC) platform are leveraging geotagging to help tell what happened across the country during the tumultuous and brutal years. Created by young students of the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), the project intends to pique the interest of young Cambodians and continue dialogue on the kingdom’s turbulent past.”

University of Massachusetts Lowell: Event Unveils Digital Archive Celebrating Lowell’s Southeast Asian Communities

University of Massachusetts Lowell: Event Unveils Digital Archive Celebrating Lowell’s Southeast Asian Communities. “The archive is designed to be used by the public, students, teachers, researchers and scholars. In it, users will find documents and oral histories from the Indochinese Refugee Foundation (IRF), a Lowell-based organization active from 1977 through 1985 that helped Southeast Asian immigrants settle in the region in the wake of the Vietnam War and to escape Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. The organization was founded by Hai and Lan Pho, former UMass Lowell faculty, and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney served as the IRF’s executive director before joining the university. The archive also includes works by photographer James Higgins, who documented the Southeast Asian-American experience and life in Lowell in a series of photo books from 1983 to 1997; the books, now out of print, are available on the new digital platform. Other items in the archive include materials from Lowell’s Angkor Dance Troupe and Burmese community.”

Geeks in Cambodia: Finding The Value In Facebook Page “Likes”

Geeks in Cambodia: Finding The Value In Facebook Page “Likes” . “Facebook’s dominance of digital marketing is truly impressive. Since its launch in 2004, the social media platform has grown to dictate how people across the world use the internet; in countries like Cambodia, where Facebook is the internet for many people, almost half of the population use Facebook on a daily basis for news, entertainment and communication. Little wonder then that marketers and brands have piled on to the platform to attract new customers and increase sales. Yet does marketing to Facebook, and chasing page ‘likes’ make sense for a brand or startup to grow your sales or spread your message? Geeks in Cambodia decided to take a look into the role that Facebook plays for its some 7 million active users in Cambodia, and how to best utilise the influential platform to boost digital marketing efforts.”

VOA Khmer: Cambodia Forms Task Force to Monitor ‘Fake News’ on Social Media

VOA Khmer: Cambodia Forms Task Force to Monitor ‘Fake News’ on Social Media. “Cambodia has created a task force to monitor the spread of ‘fake news’ on social media platforms and through private text messaging. In a ministerial order signed on May 28, three ministries agreed to work with telecoms firms ‘to prevent the spread of information that can cause social chaos and threaten national security’.”

Ekklasia: New resource offers hope to Cambodians challenging their government

Ekklesia: New resource offers hope to Cambodians challenging their government. “As Reporters Without Borders reveals that Cambodia has dropped ten places in its press freedom index, Global Witness and Open Corporates have launched a huge new dataset that will hand power back to the country’s citizens. The data, which shows who owns and controls companies in Cambodia, can help journalists and activists to expose the sorts of corruption and abuses that have helped keep the regime in power for over thirty years.”

Phnom Penh Post: Twitter bots begin following Southeast Asian opinion-makers

Phnom Penh Post: Twitter bots begin following Southeast Asian opinion-makers. “Many journalists, academics and political figures across Southeast Asia have gained hundreds of new Twitter followers that appear to be bot accounts in the past week, including some with ties to Cambodia. The accounts were created last month and have since followed hundreds of Twitter users, but most have not tweeted or accrued any followers themselves. They began appearing in large numbers late last week.”

Irish Times: Facebook used to cripple opposition in run-up to Cambodia’s elections

Irish Times: Facebook used to cripple opposition in run-up to Cambodia’s elections. “Hours before his wedding last month, San Rotha was taking a shower in Kampong Cham, southern Cambodia, when the police came to handcuff and arrest him. The 29-year-old had been caught calling the southeast Asian country’s government ‘authoritarian’ in a video posted to Facebook. His was just one of around a dozen arrests in Cambodia over the past year, all related to the social media giant, which is playing a key and concerning role in the run-up to July’s election.”