“Social Media Forum on National ICT Issues: The Automated Election System 2013.”

“Social Media Forum on National ICT Issues: The Automated Election System 2013.”

Everything you always wanted to know about the automated election system (AES). And you get to ask your questions too. Join Democracy.Net.PH for “Social Media Forum on National ICT Issues: The Automated Election System 2013.”

On Saturday, 23 March 2013, 8:00 o’clock in the morning, at the Justitia Room, Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law, we put the AES through the wringer via a forum patterned after an engineering process design review (PDR). The Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) Commissioner Christian Robert Lim and Director James Jimenez, acting as project proponents, will walk us through the AES: … Continue reading »

PHNetDems at eDemokrasya

Last week, members of Democracy.Net.PH took part in the Day Two plenary presentations of eDemokrasya: Conference on the Use of Social Media and Technology for Democracy Promotion.

Pierre Tito Galla kicked off the afternoon’s plenary presentation with his talk on Effective Management of Online Teams for Political Campaigns or Elections Watchdogs. Juned Sonido followed with his presentation on Online Engagement. Cocoy capped the PHNetDems’ participation with his talk by speaking on Twitter Power. After their respective presentations, they led the breakout sessions of the conference participants.

For those … Continue reading »

Statement on the Supreme Court’s indefinite extension of the TRO on RA 10175

Statement on the Supreme Court’s indefinite extension of the TRO on RA 10175

Democracy.Net.PH applauds the Supreme Court for its responsiveness to public sentiment over the obvious overreach of the Cybercrime Law. While we hope that the SC will settle the unconstitutionality of the RA10175, the ultimate resolution lies with Congress. The Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom has been filed in the Senate, and we will continue to work with the members of the House for the filing of its counterpart.

Democracy.Net.PH urges Congress to the more holistic approach to internet freedom in the Philippines that is the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, and the enactment of this law that promotes … Continue reading »

Senator Santiago’s Version of the Anti-Cybercrime Law and Social Media Marketing in the Philippines

Senator Santiago’s Version of the Anti-Cybercrime Law and Social Media Marketing in the Philippines

Senator Santiago’s Version of the Anti-Cybercrime Law and Social Media Marketing in the Philippines

“Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed a more positively worded version of the controversial law. She called it the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom. While critics and pundits called it a “mere positive spin on repression,” we think it’s a very intelligent take on a very sensitive issue.

“From the outset, the law ensures and affirms our fundamental freedoms (as outlined in the Constitution) in the brick-and-mortar world and translates them in the genuinely confusing world of the social media in the Philippines. She’s eliminated most … Continue reading »

Freedom to the (online) people!

Freedom to the (online) people!

Freedom to the (online) people!

Senate Bill 3327, the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, is a more Internet user-friendly alternative to the current law. The “2.0” version ensures due process by providing strict guidelines for data collection, including the need to have warrants. This eliminates the right of the government to conduct warrantless collection real-time traffic data as previously provided, perceived as a form of illegal search and seizure.

Source: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/01/23/freedom-to-the-online-people/ Image: Freedom text / Jonathon Colman / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Statement on the filing of the Magna Carta for Internet Users by Kabataan Partylist

“This is a start but our position is that ICT policy should be holistic and not piecemeal. This bill can still be improved to address the ICT policy and development our country needs now. Issues like cybersecurity, cyberdefense, cybercrime, and national ICT development must not be put off and should be addressed now. Consistent with the crowdsourcing ethos, we look forward to helping Kabataan partylist improve on the bill.

“Democracy.Net.PH will continue to work with legislators to enact a law that provides for rights, governance, security, and development — the four key principles of the Magna Carta for Philippine … Continue reading »

The Wisdom of Crowds: Crowdsourcing Net Freedom

The Wisdom of Crowds: Crowdsourcing Net Freedom

The Wisdom of Crowds: Crowdsourcing Net Freedom

Where the Cybercrime Prevention Act tries to apply the elements of libel to statements made on the Internet, the MCPIF recognizes that the Internet is too complex for a law meant for newspapers.

“The Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom goes beyond the scope of RA 10175 simply because the Cybercrime Prevention Act is inadequate and ill suited to address the challenges of the Information Age.”

Source: http://verafiles.org/the-wisdom-of-crowds-crowdsourcing-net-freedom/ Image: Some rights reserved

Philippines anti-cybercrime law 2.0

Philippines anti-cybercrime law 2.0

Philippines anti-cybercrime law 2.0

The MCFIP is a better anti-cybercrime law on several accounts.

It gives the state the mandate to ensure access to the internet, first and foremost, and protection of citizens’ rights in cyberspace, including economic and consumer rights.

ICT is promoted as a tool for more effective governance and for creating an empowered citizenry.

Modern technology is harnessed for national development and exploited to stimulate the economy and encourage competitiveness.

Law enforcement is equipped with the capability to “prevent, detect, and respond to cybercrime,” as well as to protect critical national ICT infrastructure from … Continue reading »

Interaksyon.com Clarifies Earlier “Double-Edged Sword” Story Errors on MCPIF

Interaksyon.com Clarifies Earlier “Double-Edged Sword” Story Errors on MCPIF

About a week after factual errors in the story were pointed out to them, Interaksyon.com finally issues a clarification.

Filipino journalists will no longer face prosecution for two separate cases should they be accused of libel for articles published in print and online.

This clarification was issued by a group of lawyers and internet freedom advocates after InterAksyon.com cross-posted an article by the Philippine News Agency that said double-jeopardy is likely in the proposed law.

“No journalist who has a controversial article published online and on a … Continue reading »