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Global Voices Citizen Media Summit Cebu to tackle Citizen Media, Freedom of Information, Digital Security, and Internet Activism



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Cebu City Capitol

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A two-day international summit that will be held in Cebu City on January 24-25, 2015 will tackle some of the latest issues on citizen media, freedom of information, digital security, indigenous languages and multilingualism online, and internet activism.

Global Voices, an international citizen media network founded in 2004 at Harvard University, will be holding the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in time for the organization’s 10th anniversary, at the Cebu Provincial Capitol.

Over a hundred international bloggers, citizen media advocates, and tech experts from over 60 countries across the globe will gather for the event which will highlight talks, panels, and workshops on the relations between open Internet and social movements around the world.

Leading the summit discussions are Global Voices co-founders Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon. Zuckerman is also director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media while MacKinnon is the author of the book Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom.

The first day of the summit will open with a talk, led by London-based Media Legal Defense Initiative Legal Director Nani Jansen, on protecting the open internet against government policies and corporate practice imperil Internet users’ rights of free expression and privacy.

There will be a session on Freedom of Information Laws, featuring experts led by Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Executive Director Malou Mangahas who will share their first-hand experience using these policies for greater transparency and accountability.


Among others, there will be a panel on how Filipino Citizen Media has been used in mobilizing street protests and coordinating disaster relief and response efforts along with barriers it face from the cost and quality of internet connection to online regulations.

The second day of the summit will open by bringing the spotlight on indigenous language digital activism, including a session on Filipino Indigenous Languages in Citizen Media which will explore the ways indigenous languages are being promoted online.

Some of the panel discussions would include one on digital security and privacy, online censorship and freedom of speech worldwide, and a roundup of Magna Carta of Internet users from all over the world.

Like in the past Global Voices Summits in the UK, India, Hungary, Chile and Kenya, the Global Voices Media Summit 2015 promises to be a productive site for inspiring fresh ideas, sharing experiences, and forging cross-border collaborations.

Members of the public can register to attend the event at The cost of admission for the two days is PHP 2,000 for Filipino residents, with a special student rate of PHP 1,000.


The Global Voices Summit 2015 is sponsored by the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, the Province of Cebu, Knight Foundation, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Sun Star Publishing, Open Society Foundations,Yahoo, and PRWorks.

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Discover the Best of Local Culture and Innovation at Sinulog sa Crossroads #SinulogsaCrossroads



Music lovers won’t want to miss the XRoads Mosh Pit, the biggest gathering of local acts in Cebu, where they can enjoy some of the best music from the region’s growing indie scene. Dance and sing along all night long with your favorite local artists such as The Spirals, Coney Reyes on Camera, Cosmic Kid, Luxxx, Kubra Commander, Hourswekeep, Awkward Dancer and the Harmless Devils, Deanery, Karma, The Pervs, Folding Bed, Alah Ahkbar, and Hollywood Folk Hogan.


And for those who prefer a more relaxed pace, Crossroads Cebu has the traditional Sunset Cookout, where you can chill and listen to a house DJ while dining or going around.


But that’s not all.  Event partner GOMO is excited to introduce its revolutionary digital service that allows customers to purchase and load data that never expire if not consumed. GOMO will have an activation booth where customers can redeem special prizes. There’s also a photobooth and claw machine where you can win exclusive GOMO items and vouchers.



Wonder, Freebie Mnl, and Kroma Pub Co. are also joining the celebration.  They are digital publishing platforms covering everything from pop culture and style to deals on food, entertainment,  and everything lifestyle.


John Bottles Events, Counterflow Productions, and PAWN Records are, likewise, on board.  They serve as primary curators of indie music events in Cebu City, bringing various music and art shows to the forefront and generating high-quality community engagement.

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Other partners from Crossroads Cebu include Koda & Co, Skin Logistics, Distillery, Commonly Uncommon, Redeemed Tattoo, The Puddle, and From Here Coworking Space.



Crossroads Cebu is pet-friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring your furry friends along with your family. Visit the PRWorks Facebook page or @lilaeventsph on Instagram for more information about the event. 


Don’t miss out on this exciting event and experience the best of local culture and innovation at Sinulog sa Crossroads Festival!

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Join GBG Bizfest Cebu 2019 on November 30, 2019 at UP Cebu




Entrepreneurs will be taught how to use the latest technologies and digital tools to improve their businesses during the Bizfest Cebu 2019 on November 30, 2019 at the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu).

Bizfest, Google Business Group (GBG) Cebu’s biggest annual event is expected to gather around 150 individuals, startups, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of Cebu.

Bizfest Cebu 2019

From left to right) Lenli Tuhoy, Bizfest Cebu 2019 Organizer; Rome Nicolas, Bizfest Cebu 2019 Organizer; Maryanne Apale, Bizfest Cebu 2019 Organizer; Jason Nieva, Incubator Manager of UP Cebu inIT; Nannette Arbon, DTI-7 Assistant Regional Director; Gee Quidet, Bizfest Cebu 2019 Organizer; Ysabel Padin, Bizfest Cebu 2019 Organizer.

There will be talks and workshops starting with a panel discussion participated by successful entrepreneurs in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be breakout sessions that include a hands- on workshop about self-empowerment, startups, and MSMEs.

Some of the workshop topics are: Building Your Team and Hiring, Developing the Entrepreneurial Mindset, and Google Tools for Your Business.

The event will be held from 8 AM to 6 PM at the Arts and Sciences Conference Hall of UP Cebu.

The event is free. To register, fill out this form at For more information, visit


Google Business Group Cebu’s Facebook page at


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How Smartphones Are Affecting The Mind And Body OF Your Children



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How Smartphones Are Affecting The Mind

In this modern technological world, smartphones have become a necessity, and it is extremely hard for parents to resist the desire of their children to have smartphones. As parents want their children to be good in studies, they also want their children to get some entertainment because it keeps mind healthy. Mobile phones being the readily available sources of entertainment, parents are forced to give their children either smartphones or tablets.

At the same time, many parents want their children to remain busy because if they aren’t, they will keep on making mischiefs and troubling them one way or the other; that’s why most parents allow smartphones to their children. At the same time, most people are concerned about the inappropriate content on the internet that their children can access; this is a genuine concern, but they should worry more about the effects of the exposure of mobile screens for large periods of time.

The brains of small children are in the phase of development, and if they are exposed much to the smartphones, it can have severe consequences. Some types of research show that parents shouldn’t expose their children who are less than two years old to any electronic gadget like mobile, tablet or any other thing.

It is undeniable that children also learn a lot from mobile phones because there are many useful apps that aid in learning, but still, the excessive use is harmful.

Here are few things that you should always keep in mind because these things affect the body and mind of your children if they are using mobile phones excessively.


Sleep Deprivation

You must be aware of the fact that electronic gadgets – especially those with screens – induce sleep deprivation; you must be aware of it only in a general sense because you know your children use mobile phones late at night and thus don’t sleep on proper time. You probably don’t know the complex phenomenon which remains at work when your children use mobile phones and which contributes to sleep deprivation.

All the mobile phones and other gadgets with screens use blue light in a way that to mimic the daylight. This completely disturbs our inner sleep cycles as well as our internal body clocks. Actually what happens is that when you use your mobile phones late at night, your internal sleeping cycle is disturbed because your brain thinks that the mobile lights you are exposed to is the daylight and hence prompt you to stay awake. One research shows that those children who are exposed to electronic gadgets – like TV or mobile phones are likely to have irregular sleep patterns.

If you are continuously worried that your children are so obsessed with mobile phones and won’t sleep on time in the night, and then there is a need to make a strict plan for them. You should ask them to stop using all the gadgets and mobile phone two or three hours before sleep. You should strictly follow this plan. Make use of these two or three hours in a more positive manner, and ask your children to read any book aloud.

Contributing to Sedentary Behavior and Obesity


Whenever you use any electronic gadget or mobile phone, you need to sit at one place to pay attention to it. Sitting in one place for hours with your eyes fixed on the screen can have negative impacts on the children because children have natural urge to do physical activities like playing, jumping and running etc. If they aren’t doing all these things it is highly likely that their body won’t grow properly. A current research by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that one hour of physical activity on daily basis is extremely necessary for the proper growth of your children. This one-hour activity can range from low-intensity exercise to vigorous activities.

If your children are too obsessed with electronic gadgets and remain sitting in the house and keep on entertaining themselves with movies, games or other applications, then you should really think about changing their routine because if they keep on doing this, it will lead to obesity.

Obesity is the real problem and most people in the modern world suffer from it. Obesity can also cause real health problems. Indulging in physical activities like swimming, cricket, soccer or any other thing which urges you to move your body can really help you a lot in keeping your children fit.

Causing Eye Discomfort

It is not scientifically proven yet that the mobile screens damage your eyes, but it is certain that the excessive staring at your smartphones can cause some discomfort in your eyes. The eye discomfort is not only restricted to children, but adults can also have this eye discomfort symptom. It is usually said that children are more affected than the adults because of the unique ways with which they use smartphones like placing the screens at few inches distance from their eyes.


The eye discomfort conditions that are likely to be found in children are known as “digital eye strain”. These conditions involve fatigue, blurred vision, headache, pain in eyes, and dry eyes.

Reducing the time of exposure of children to mobile phones is not sufficient to ensure the proper health and safety of the eyes. Parents should have regular medical checkups of the eyes of their children. Parents should also make their children aware that they need to place the electronic devices at a proper distance to avoid any eye discomfort.

The brightness of the devices is one very important thing. If you are using a mobile phone in the night with full brightness, in no time it will start causing pain in your eyes. You should teach your children that how they need to adjust the brightness of their mobile phones for different situations – for instance, different brightness for day and night. You should also teach your children that they should take a break of 10 or 20 minutes when they are using their mobile phones consistently.

Aches in the Body, Neck, and Shoulder

Whenever we use smartphones, we need to tilt our head down so that we could look on the screen; sometimes this causes pain in the upper part of our body especially in the neck. If your children keep their backs in a bad posture all the time in order to use smartphones, this can have severe consequences like you are probably going to develop a hunchback.


Telling your children about the proper body positioning can help them a lot. Parents should also teach their children that whenever they are using smartphones, they should hold their mobiles upward to the height so that they don’t have to bend their back or tilt their neck. Downward gazing instead of tilting your head downwards can also help a lot to avoid the neck pain.

Shortened Attention Spans

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a syndrome in which you can’t focus on anything for a long span of time. According to a report, in 1990, only 5% children suffered from this syndrome, but this figure has increased to 11% recently. This is because of the continuous use of smartphones.

If any child is diagnosed with ADHD, he can be treated by medication. Not only the diagnosed children’s parents should worry about it, but all parents in general because it is a genuine concern. You can save your children from ADHD before it happens to them by specifying to them a time limit in which they can use their smartphones – no more than that.

Mobile Phones Obstruct the Development of Social Skills


There isn’t any consistent research which indicates that mobile phones obstruct the development of social skills of children, but there are certainly some negative effects of mobile phones on the social development and interaction of children. When you use your mobile phone for long time spans, it is certain that you are spending less and less time with your friends. A research indicates that the excessive use of mobile phones numbs your ability to recognize human emotions.

Using mobile phones for social interaction is also a good thing especially if you have set a time limit and criteria for that. Mobile phones can also help you in building relationships. But parents should keep an eye on their children that whether they are interacting with their friends on the social media only; if so they should encourage live participation and meetings.

High Levels of Anxiety and Depression

Smartphones can also cause anxiety and depression in children in many ways. Most children see the world through the lens of social media, and they continuously keep on posting images and doing other activities that will attract maximum attention. All this finally becomes a competition, and when children find that they are unable to compete with different personalities in many ways, they become sad and consequently patients of anxiety and depression.

Responsible parents should have access to the social media accounts of their children and a keen eye on all their activities.


Brain Functioning and Impairment

There are many types of research that indicate that the excessive use of mobile phones can cause brain impairment; the results are impairing cognitive functioning and debilitating dopamine function. All this can be reduced by taking strict measures and limiting the time usage of smartphones to not more than 3 hours.


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