Archive for January, 2011


A Brilliant E-voting Scheme

David Bismark devised a practical solution for a safer and more secure electronic voting. I think this is worthy of consideration even in the Philippines. The ballot paper is not as complicated as the PCOS papers look and most importantly everyone can individually check online whether their counts were added or not without revealing the actual votes. No one can mess with your votes simply because the order of candidates differ from one ballot to another. It does not look expensive either. This is simply election magic! Here is his TEDTalk.

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NTC removes broadband cap

THE GOOD: On the latest draft of the MO on Minimum Speed of Broadband Connections, the NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) removed the part of the MO that mentions broadband/internet capping. Here’s the exact omitted paragraph:

“WHEREAS, it has been observed that few subscribers/users connect to the internet for unreasonably long period [sic] of time depriving other users from connecting to the internet; NOW, THEREFORE… Service providers may set the maximum volume of data allowed per subscriber/user per day.”

THE BAD: Of course, even if the memorandum did omit the broadband capping part, it does not mean it’s prohibited right? Even before this MO draft even came into existence, postpaid subscribers were automatically subjected by the Fair Use Policy (of  a certain broadband providers) wherein broadband capping is very much a part of the agreement.

CURRENT OUTLOOK: Still, I can say NTC’s pretty much doing a good job for: 1) being able to organize a good and enlightening discussion among industries, consumers and telcos; and 2) being able to put in the MO draft the requirement for telephone companies to provide an explicitly promised minimum broadband speed.

A detailed story (including the updated MO draft last January 12) can be found here.