On October 29, 2012, the MCPIF team had a fruitful discussion with the staff of Senator Santiago. The senator’s staff picked up from where the MCPIF team (by then calling themselves Democracy.Net.PH or PHNetDems) left off in the draft; the PHNetDems waited anxiously for a few days for any word, and were pleasantly surprised and not a little awed by the completion and polishing done by the senator’s staff. Final discussions were done via email exchanges, and the next few days were spent … Continue reading »
In this TED talk, Rebecca MacKinnon calls for a broader and more sustained internet freedom movement. She warns that the apparent borderless character of the Internet is illusory. Borders do persist in cyberspace. In some countries, this is a result of language and culture, in others such as China, this is a result of constraints put up by governments. MacKinnon also notes that, “even in democratic societies today, we do not have the answers for how you balance security and law enforcement on one hand and protection of civil liberties and free speech … Continue reading »
Rebecca MacKinnon, whose new book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, was released [February 2012], addressed the issue of Internet freedom at a TED Talk in Edinburgh last year. She spoke of the Internet’s “border busting” potential, as well as how that potential is being stifled by censorship—and not just in the places you would expect.
There is, according to MacKinnon, a “Magna Carta moment” coming when the people will demand that “government and technology serve the world’s people and not the other way around.”
Senate Bill 3327, titled “The Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom,” contains an extensive list of provisions detailing the rights of internet users in the country, as well as penalties for violating the charter.
It also contains chapters discussing cybercrime, cyber defence and national cyber security.
Worthy of note was the inclusion of the highly-anticipated implementing rules and regulations that clarifies how the internet will be policed – a key part … Continue reading »
The Magna Carta on Internet Freedom supports the AFP’s Cybersecurity initiative.
So the perspective of this bill is infinitely different and much more respective of free expression. The two aspects of the bill that interested me most were: (1) intellectual property rights, and (2) libel provision. Here’s a short interpretation of each section:
Intellectual Property: Any material published on the internet is considered copyrighted when published. The penalty for stealing someone else’s original work is damages plus legal costs. This effectively makes the complainant whole without draconian penalties. Only material cases would end up in court. Nuisance cases would fall to the wayside. The “bias” … Continue reading »
The Digital world has became fused to our lives. And even though there is still the great digital divide: only about 35% of the Philippine is on-line (We still have to work on closing this divide): the Internet and the Web has become an important part of Philippine Society. First, because the Internet has become the information highway of economic growth. Second, because Internet Communication Technology and Computers have became a critical part of our daily lives. And Third, for all its imperfection cyberspace is a forum for … Continue reading »
Lawmaking of the people, by the people, for the people. With information and communications technology (ICT), what used to be a pipe dream now becomes reality.
On November 12, 2012, Constitution and international law expert and veteran legislator Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed Senate Bill 3327, titled “An Act Establishing a Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, Cybercrime Prevention and Law Enforcement, Cyberdefense and National Cybersecurity.” The landmark piece of legislation, filed without much fanfare, was the culmination of voluntary efforts by netizens to craft a law that would truly … Continue reading »
Constitutional rights shall not be diluted in the Information Age.
This is the guarantee sought to be galvanized by Senate Bill 3327, filed on November 12, 2012, by the eminent constitutionalist and international law expert Senator Miriam-Defensor Santiago. In what is a first in Philippine legislative history, the provisions of the bill authored by Senator Santiago draw directly upon the suggestions of Filipino netizens solicited through online “crowdsourcing”. The proposed measure seeks to address not only the protection of but also the establishment of the rights of Internet users … Continue reading »