NELSON CELIS, TMT

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Last of 3 parts ANOTHER bad omen is coming in the 2019 midterm elections after Chairman Andy Bautista of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) clarified in the recent Automated Election System (AES) Technology Fair that the AES technology recommendation of the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) will not automatically be the…

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Part 1 AS stipulated in Section 8 of the Automated Election Law, or RA 9369, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has to create an Advisory Council which must be convened not later than 18 months prior to the next scheduled electoral exercise. Further, the council is to be composed of…

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Last of 4 parts DEMENTIA is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities caused by physical changes in the brain. According to medical doctors, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Some of the clinical symptoms involve difficulty remembering names and recent events, impaired…

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Part 3 I HAD a great chance to have an exchange of ideas recently with Ernie del Rosario, the former Information Technology (IT) director of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), regarding opportunity cost in the last 2016 national and local elections. His financial analysis is impressive and quite acceptable in…

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Last of 4 parts TO continue on how to resolve the “in-securities” discovered by Automated Election System (AES) Watch in the 2010, 2013 and 2016 national and local elections (NLEs), such should have been resolved with the following simple yet effective actions: Application of change management control. The two notable…

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Part 3 NONE! This is the answer to the floating question in our previous column (Part 2): Does COMELEC have an information security policy? It follows that if there’s no information security policy in a particular organization, then its operational procedures and practices are not at par with information technology…

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Part 2 IN 2003, the adoption of the information security management system (ISMS) in the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) was a good start to ensure compliance with the Automated Election System (AES) Law at that time (i.e., RA 8436 of 1997, the predecessor of RA 9369 of 2007). The training…

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WAS the infamous “COMELeak” hacking incident preventable? Before answering that question, let me share first the stance of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) regarding COMELeak. The NPC announced in a press conference last week that it found the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) liable in LC Case No. 16-001 for violations…

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