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PhilRice researcher wins int’l best paper award

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) communication researcher Jaime Manalo IV won the Best Qualitative Conference Paper Award during the recent International Conference on Communication and Media ’12 (i-COME ’12) in Penang, Malaysia. Manalo's paper, Beyond Facebook: The undocumented experiences on ICTs of young rural Filipinos, took a critical take on hasty generalizations regarding ICT proficiency of the Filipino youth wherein respondents consisted of residents of Aurora and Albay.

i-COME'12 aimed to address communication and media issues such as challenges in the socio-economic and political agenda, cultural integration, and social reengineering. The conference gathered more than 120 researchers, members of the academe, and practitioners from 25 countries.

"The Filipino youth is oftentimes portrayed as tech-savvy in the media. Some surveys even say that our young individuals are among the world’s most tech-savvy," Manalo said.
Despite this, according to Manalo, a second look is necessary as most of these global studies on ICT proficiency of young individuals are conducted in key cities. Manalo said that young rural Filipinos have very different experiences, which should also be highlighted.