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.

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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:

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Democracy.Net.PH meets with Senator TG Guingona on Crowdsourcing Legislation

Democracy.Net.PH meets with Senator TG Guingona on Crowdsourcing Legislation

Democracy.Net.PH and Sen. TG Guingona met today to discuss crowdsourcing and legislation. Sen Guingona is the author of a crowdsourcing bill while Democracy.Net.PH collaborated with ICT experts, civil rights advocates, netizens, and concerned citizens via crowdsourcing in crafting the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF).

The MCPIF was filed as SB No. 3327 by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago after the successful completion of the crowdsourcing initiative. Democracy.Net.PH hopes that its experience in crowdsourcing the MCPIF can serve as valuable inputs to Sen. Guingona’s bill, and hopes that he will support the passage of the MCPIF in the legislature.

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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 »