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.
Once again, Democracy.Net.PH thanks Angelo, Ben, Bien, Blogie, Eloisa, Eugene, Flipzi, Grace, Jay, Jojo, Jor, Jim, Karen, Nica, Nik, Noelle, Marck, Sam, Trixie, and the ten score and more anonymous contributors for their valuable inputs into the #MCPIF via Google Docs, Facebook, Twitter, and email. We would also like to thank Noemi, Nines, Jane, Diwa, and Jonas for their efforts in helping us bring the #MCPIF to the public’s consciousness.
We likewise thank Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her staff for their work in the completion of the #MCPIF and for being the first to recognize crowdsourcing as an important mode of legislation. More importantly, we commend Senator Santiago’s vision in seeing the need for a national ICT policy and for taking on the #MCPIF as her pet bill in the current Congress. Our gratitude also goes to Representative Kimi Cojuangco of the 5th District of Pangasinan, for filing the #MCPIF’s House of Representatives counterpart and for pushing her colleagues in the House to support the bill.
Over the past year, the group has enjoyed the privilege of having the invaluable counsel of Mark Cojuangco and Beth Angsioco on the legislative process. They have been a big help to us, newbie advocates.
Finally, our immense thanks go out to our friends from across the world: fellow ICT advocates who have recognized the work that we try to do and our countrymen working overseas who have expressed their loud and unequivocal support for the #MCPIF. We are humbled.
As we mark this, the #MCPIF’s first anniversary, we ask our fellow ICT advocates to continue pushing for the passage of our bill, the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom.