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BEFORE leaving home, a netizen books a place via AirBnB and completes a booking for a flight out the country. He then receives confirmation of his bookings and air ticket in his email. He books a ride from home to office on Uber. He keeps his GPS open. On the…

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TWO cybercrime incidents drew public attention in 2016: the $81million Bangladesh Central Bank heist, done electronically, with the money finding its way into the Philippine banking system, and the COMELeak incident involving the unauthorized access to the database of the Commission on Elections and the illegal copying of millions of…

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A UNIVERSE of data has been collected and held by organizations, public and private, for a long time. Among the data collected are those pertaining to individuals. This is the reality that citizens have long faced The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has long been collecting, organizing, and processing data about…

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“COMELEAK,” is the incident which involved the illegal copying of the database of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) by the hacker group, LulSecPilipinas. Close to 55million voters’ registration information was disclosed without authority by the same hacker group about five weeks before the national and local elections of May 9,…

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COMING from a technology forum with journalists where I discussed, among others, trolling and fake news that dominated the campaign period in the 2016 elections and months afterwards, I received the following text message, “Re: VP Protest Case. Recount of ballots from 4-5 provinces will start end of November and…

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The Automated Election System Watch, through Dr. Nelson Celis, has been asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec or our state poll body) to promulgate a set of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the implementation and enforcement of the Automated Election Law, Republic Act No. 8436 as amended by Republic…

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The Automated Election Law, Republic Act 8436 as amended by Republic Act 9369 (RA 8436), requires the conduct of a random manual audit (RMA) on the results generated by the PCOS machine, renamed Vote Counting Machine (VCM), for the 2016 national and local elections. Section 29 of the law provides:…

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The Random Manual Audit Committee (RMAC) states in a footnote in its RMA Report on the 2016 national and local elections that “In 2010 and 2013, the assumption was the machines are 99.0 percent accurate. The RMAC reported an actual accuracy rate of 99.70 percent and 99.97 percent, respectively. Gaining…

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Remember the time when Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista declared that the poll body would use all new PCOS machines for the 2016 elections and the option to have the existing 81,869 PCOS machines repaired and refurbished was no longer feasible due to time constraints? That was on…

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