GMA News Online: American man collects thousands of antique photos that captured the beauty of old Manila

New-to-me, from GMA News Online: American man collects thousands of antique photos that captured the beauty of old Manila. “A 76-year old American citizen loves the Philippines so much, he has a collection of antique photos that show what the country had been like over the years. Many of the photos immortalized the beauty of old Manila. In an episode of iJuander, John Tewll shared that he has over 12,000 photos in his collection.”

Google News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access

Good News Pilipinas: University of the Philippines opens portal on Taal Volcano data, 1st in Asia to offer public access. “The Taal Volcano LiDAR datasets were derived through the use of airborne systems mounted on an airplane. The output of the LiDAR sensor is a 3D point cloud containing points that were scanned. The LiDAR technology was able to generate maps with resolution of up to 1×1 meter which can be used for planning and reconstruction of areas damaged by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas on January 12, 2020. The Taal Volcano mapping is free and downloadable by anyone with internet access and by most modern GIS software.”

Manila Times: Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards

Manila Times: Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards. “THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) launched a web-based tool that could provide information on tsunami hazards in an area. The GeoAnalytics is a web-based application that shows tsunami exposure analysis and visualization tool of a barangay or village, municipality and province, which can be used in disaster risk management.”

Kidney for sale: How organs can be bought via social media in the Philippines (Channel NewsAsia)

Channel NewsAsia: Kidney for sale: How organs can be bought via social media in the Philippines. “In the second of a two part series looking at the illegal trade in human organs in the Philippines, CNA’s Pichayada Promchertchoo investigated how social media is an essential tool for many of those involved in the lucrative business.”

Lifestyle .INQ: Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP

Lifestyle .INQ: Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP. “In a low-key but historic event, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints (Mormons), through its Family Search arm, recently turned over digitized Philippine Catholic Church records spanning four centuries to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).”

Techdirt: Philippines Lawmaker Introduces ‘Fake News’ Bill That Would Allow The National Police To Literally Police Speech

Techdirt: Philippines Lawmaker Introduces ‘Fake News’ Bill That Would Allow The National Police To Literally Police Speech. “The latest country to add a speech-squashing, government-expanding ‘fake news’ bill to its roster of bad ideas is the Philippines. The proposal doesn’t use the terminology du jour, but ‘fake news’ by any other name is still ‘fake news.’ Here’s the immediate effect the ‘Anti-False Content Act’ would have on the country’s population.”

Washington Post: Why crafty Internet trolls in the Philippines may be coming to a website near you

Washington Post: Why crafty Internet trolls in the Philippines may be coming to a website near you. “The world of Internet trolls — the gaslighting, the fabrications, the nastiness — is now a fact of life in the Web ecosystem nearly everywhere. But something new is happening here: Experienced public relations experts in the Philippines are harnessing the raw energy of young and aggressive social media shape-shifters.”