Debunking Errors in a Proposed Philippine Cybersecurity Framework

Myopia.

This is the inescapable conclusion one will have upon reading Francis Domingo’s opinion piece in the November 18, 2013 issue of Philippine Daily Inquirer, “Points to consider in securing Philippine cyberspace”.[1] While Domingo raises a valid concern on the continual growth of the cybersecurity threat, his recommendations fail to address it. Worse, if followed, his recommendations may prove disastrous.

The Cybersecurity Threat Continuum

“More people may decide to engage in cyber-attacks because of the low barriers to entry, anonymity and presence of others involved in similar activities.

“Performing various operations in cyberspace is not difficult … Continue reading »

Democracy.Net.PH Marks First Anniversary of the Drafting of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF)

One year ago today, we began a journey through Twitter and Facebook. With the first tentative strokes on the keyboard, from our respective seats across the Internet, we started to draft the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF) on Google Docs. Thus, our crowdsourcing initiative took shape, culminating in the filing in both houses of Congress of a groundbreaking bill built through ICT-enabled public participation.

As we look back and celebrate, we also welcome freshman Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV’s own version of the #MCPIF, enhanced with a “Free WiFi” provision, which has been filed as SBN 1091.

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Democracy.Net.PH Statement on the Hacking of the LGPMS Database of the DILG

Democracy.Net.PH expresses its disappointment with the government for failing to secure critical Internet and information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

Barely a week after Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad announced the launch of National Payroll System, a component of the larger Government Human Resource Information System (GHRIS), a Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) database has succumbed to cyberattack. This brings to stark relief the government’s lack of readiness in securing our critical infrastructure even as it moves toward integrating the administration of government salaries and benefits.

The recent cyberattack on the Local Governance … Continue reading »

“ICT-Enabled Senators” Push Progressive Legislation

Democracy.Net.PH commends the Senators of the 16th Congress of the Philippines for proposing various information and communications technology (ICT) and Internet policy legislation that, if enacted, will surely benefit the Filipino people. These bills complement civil rights principles and constitutional guarantees and work in parallel to promote rights, governance, development, and security for Philippine ICT and the Internet. It will be recalled that Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF), filed as SBN 53 in the 16th Congress, was the first bill to encompass and espouse all these principles.

No less than five bills have been filed … Continue reading »

Democracy.Net.PH Position on SIM Card Registration

Democracy.Net.PH Position on SIM Card Registration

Democracy.Net.PH sees no problem with the registration of subscriber identification modules (SIMs) of cellular phones, more commonly known as SIM cards. Registration is already a fact of life and, so far as we can see, people do not seem to mind registering as prerequisite for availing themselves of online and offline services. More than the alleged crime-fighting component, we think that SIM registration would be useful in creating avenues for redress for violations of terms of service between telco and consumers and between and among consumers.

Who retains custody of the registration information? We think that it should be the … Continue reading »

Democracy.Net.PH Statement on PNoy’s SONA 2013

Democracy.Net.PH Statement on PNoy’s SONA 2013

Democracy.Net.PH commends President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino’s 2013 State of the Nation Address (SONA), and joins in his praise of hardworking government agencies, officials, and employees whose efforts have contributed to the President’s positive report to the country.

Democracy.Net.PH hoped for more emphasis on information and communications technology (ICT) policy. Many of the projects and policy efforts mentioned in the SONA depend on the sustained growth of the Philippine ICT and Internet sector, among them the expansion of IT-BPO job opportunities and monitoring systems for disaster risk management and reduction.

That said, Democracy.Net.PH believes that the SONA clearly demonstrated the … Continue reading »

Statement on the May 10, 2013 DDoS attacks on PH government, telecommunications, and media

Comelec.gov.ph and other vital government websites have been taken offline by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyberattacks just days before the most important day in our democratic way of life.

Transport, telecommunications, and mass media networks are reported to be fending off similar attacks, which are alleged to have originated from Taiwan. A DDoS attack is one where networks or websites are deliberately and maliciously flooded with network traffic, overloading the available bandwidth and thus denying legitimate users access to said networks or websites. In the case of the COMELEC website, this would mean depriving the public of a critical … Continue reading »

Democracy.Net.PH Statement on the Signing of President Benigno S. Aquino III of RA 10372 (Amendments to IP Code)

Democracy.Net.PH is very disappointed with the decision of President Benigno S. Aquino III not to veto the proposed amendments to RA 8293, the Intellectual Property Code, and sign these amendments into law as RA 10372.

It is regrettable enough that the President has signed into law the IP Code amendments, whose flaws have been pointed out by leading legal experts. It is even more regrettable that the President approved the law without any public indication that the arguments against the bill had been duly considered.

It should not be a surprise if the new law is tested, sooner rather than … Continue reading »

Statement on Proposed Amendments to RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code)

Statement on Proposed Amendments to RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code)

We urge President Benigno Aquino III, in the strongest possible terms, to veto the proposed changes to the Intellectual Property Code which infringe on the right of the people to import books, media and music for their own personal use. The proposal is a dangerous measure that potentially criminalizes daily actions which are crucial for the daily living, psychic well-being, and self-improvement of Filipinos. The gravity of the infringement that SB 2842 and HB 3841 will bear on key rights cannot be minimized. As the Supreme Court once held:

The Bill of … Continue reading »