Statement on the First Joint Public Hearing of the Senate Committees on Science and Technology on MCPIF

Statement on the First Joint Public Hearing of the Senate Committees on Science and Technology, Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, Civil Service and Government Reorganization, and Finance, on the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF)

Democracy.Net.PH thanks the Senate, and the Senate committee chairs, for the chance to present the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF) to the Filipino people, both online and offline. We are gratified by the trust you have in us.

We are particularly inspired by the comments made on the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom by the various attendees in the hearing. … Continue reading »

Opening Statement of Democracy.Net.Ph before Senate Science and Technology Committee on MCPIF

Opening Statement of Democracy.Net.Ph before the Senate Science and Technology Committee hearing on the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom delivered by Engineer Pierre Tito Galla, PECE

[Senator Ralph Recto, Senate President Pro-Tempore and chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology; Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the Committee on Finance; Senator JV Ejercito; Senator Manuel Lapid; and our sponsors, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, chair of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and author of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, or #MCPIF;

Honorable guests … Continue reading »

Statement on claims that RA 10175 is indispensable to fighting child porn and online prostitution

Sobriety and reason. This is what we need at a time when public opinion is being railroaded to favor the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

The government has not been subtle in its approach. Senior Supt. Gilbert Sosa, director of the PNP Anti-Transnational and Cyber Crime Division of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and recently drafted as the principal scaremonger, has declared that the Philippines is now among the top purveyors of child pornography and online prostitution in the world. Sosa claims that without RA 10175, we are powerless in facing … Continue reading »

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 »

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 DOJ ASec Geronimo Sy’s Amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (RA 10175)

Democracy.Net.PH believes that the ill-informed and piece-meal approach to cyberspace governance cannot persist.

The move of Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy of the Department of Justice to propose to Congress the deletion of online libel, as part of his proposed amendments to Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, is yet another shortsighted approach to the promotion and growth of a vibrant Filipino netizen community. We call on Malacanang to deliberate carefully as Atty. Sy’s proposal is inconsistent with the legacy that the Aquino administration wishes to leave for posterity.

How online libel is treated is just … 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 »