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 »

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 »

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 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 »

After the RH Law: Magna Carta for Internet Freedom is Miriam’s new pet bill

After working for the passage of the RH Bill into law, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF) is her new pet bill.

Senate Bill No. 53, or the MCPIF, was the first bill Santiago filed in the new 16th Congress.

“I consider the RH Bill as the biggest triumph of the 15th Congress,” the feisty senator said. “Let’s do the same for the Magna Carta for Internet Freedom this new Congress.”

If passed, Santiago’s bill will repeal the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act, or Republic Act No. 10175.

“R.A. 10175 confines the Philippines to 20th century … 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 the hacking of www.pna.gov.ph

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 »

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 »