Report to Netizens #1

A Philippine #InternetFreedom Update

Today, the House Committee on Information and Communication Technology met to tackle House Bill No. 1086, or the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF), of Rep. Kimi Cojuangco and House Bill No. 1100, or the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Users, by Rep. Terry Ridon.

During the discussion, Rep. Cojuangco delivered her remarks on the need for #MCPIF. Thereafter, she requested Democracy.Net.PH co-convenors, Engr. Pierre Tito Galla and Atty. Francis Acero, to elaborate on the provisions of the #MCPIF. Democracy.Net.PH stressed the … Continue reading »

Comments on the draft IRR of RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act)

In response to the call for comments/public consultation by the Department of Justice on the draft implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10175, Democracy.Net.PH submitted its comments to the draft.

Notwithstanding our participation in the review of the draft IRR, Democracy.Net.PH continues to oppose and shall push for the complete repeal of Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. A piecemeal approach to protecting our citizens from the dangers of cyberspace will end up eroding the benefits that cyberspace provides our citizens, and will curtail their rights online and offline.

Democracy.Net.PH presents the … Continue reading »

On the proposed inclusion of cyber ethics in the curriculum

Your rights offline are the same as your rights online. This has been the guidepost for the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom. Democracy.Net.PH believes that there is nothing fundamentally different in the way that people should relate to each other “in real life” vis-à-vis how they should relate to each other on the Internet. Thus, the rights—and responsibilities—are the same. There is nothing inherently special about the Internet that would flip our understanding of what is good or bad behavior, or what is true and false.

Thus, while we welcome the attention paid by our legislators to the need … Continue reading »

Caps Locked: Why data caps put a lid on progress

(This brief on data caps was prepared by Democracy.Net.PH. Please credit Democracy.Net.PH when quoting. For more information, send email to

Data capping, also known as bandwidth capping or broadband capping, is a data traffic management/ traffic control methodology employed by Internet service providers, network service providers, and telecommunications entities. Data capping is the “throttling”—purposefully limiting the amount of data transfer on a communications medium or channel (bandwidth)—of a subscriber’s or end user’s bandwidth.[1]

It is easier to understand the concept of data caps via a physical analogy: water.

Data is measured in two ways: by transmission … Continue reading »

Excellent record marred: Freedom House reports on Philippine Internet Freedom

In its 2013 “Freedom on the Net” report, Internet watchdog Freedom House noted how Philippine Internet Freedom suffered a major blow in 2012: “People in the Philippines enjoy nearly unrestricted access to the internet. There have not been any reports of the government systematically blocking access to online content. This excellent record was marred in September 2012 by the passage of an anti-cybercrime law boosting official powers to censor and monitor internet users without judicial oversight.”

The Philippine experience mirrors the global trend toward proliferation of laws, regulations, and directives curtailing freedom of expression online. According to Freedom House, global … Continue reading »

Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom: A Primer

Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom: A Primer

When:     12 July 2013, 1:00 to 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon Where:    University of the Philippines – Diliman

Program of Activities

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Welcome Remarks Foundation for Media Alternatives

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Demystifying the #MCPIF The Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom is not a tech law.

2:30 – 4:30 PM

The Four Core Principles of the #MCPIF Rights: Your online rights = offline rights. Governance: How ICT empowers citizen participation. Development: Bringing ICT to the rest of the country. … Continue reading »

Statement on the filing of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (House Bill No. 1086)

Statement on the filing of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (House Bill No. 1086)

The most popular tweep of the House of Representatives has put her seal of approval on the #MCPIF.

Rep. Kimi Cojuangco (5th District Pangasinan) today filed the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, as House Bill No. 1086. With her feisty tweets marshalling support from online advocates during the RH Law deliberations, Congresswoman Cojuangco understands the value of free expression and the exchange of ideas in the online space. She has a deep under standing of the benefits and challenges of ICT, especially in rural areas, given the ICT projects she has spearheaded in her district.

With the #MCPIF now … Continue reading »

Statement on the filing of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (Senate Bill No. 53)

Miriam Defensor-Santiago wins the Internet. This is the consensus of netizens reacting to Senator Santiago’s filing of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom or the #MCPIF. Senate Bill No. 53 was greeted with a flurry of likes, retweets, and shares on social networking sites. Netizens lauded Senator Santiago, saying that the #MCPIF, when passed, will be her legacy to the Filipino people.

We of Democracy.Net.PH believe that this overwhelmingly positive response to the filing of the #MCPIF is undeniable proof that there is a clamor among Filipinos for progressive legislation on Philippine cyberspace and the information and communications technology … Continue reading »

Statement on DOJ ASec Geronimo Sy’s Amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (RA 10175)

Democracy.Net.PH believes that the ill-informed and piece-meal approach to cyberspace governance cannot persist.

The move of Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy of the Department of Justice to propose to Congress the deletion of online libel, as part of his proposed amendments to Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, is yet another shortsighted approach to the promotion and growth of a vibrant Filipino netizen community. We call on Malacanang to deliberate carefully as Atty. Sy’s proposal is inconsistent with the legacy that the Aquino administration wishes to leave for posterity.

How online libel is treated is just … Continue reading »

Statement on the hacking of

We at Democracy.Net.Ph express our concerns over latest reports over the defacement of a Philippine government website. According to news reports, the website of the Philippine News Agency was hacked by the self-identified “Chinese Hacker EvilShadow Team”. This latest incident gives the impression that it originated from overseas, from a country with which the Philippines has had prominent disputes of late.

We do not wish to over-hype this incident, which after all, amounts to nothing more than a negligible act of vandalism even if tainted by looming tensions between us and China. Still, each attack on a Philippine government website, … Continue reading »