Primer

What is the MCPIF?

The Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom or (MCPIF) is a collaborative, collective work whose goal is to protect our Constitutional rights, protections, and freedoms online and on other Information and Communications Technology (ICT) platforms.

Why do we need the MCPIF?

We need to pass the MCPIF into law because:

1. The Internet and other forms of ICT have become important tools in nation-building and protecting freedom.

2. The Internet and other forms of ICT have become more than just a medium or a series of channels with which we communicate, these technologies now form a vital communications system where citizens create and interact, becoming an integral part of our daily lives.

3. With more and more people are becoming engaged on the Internet, the MCPIF aims to safeguard democracy on the Internet and on other forms of ICT, and to guarantee all our rights, protections, and freedoms online.

 

What is the difference between the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (R.A. №. 10175) and the MCPIF?

The MCPIF covers more issues than the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. It tackles cybercrime, cybersecurity, and other Internet-related issues that we, as a country, need to address. As such, the MCPIF contains a framework whereby we set our national Information Technology policy and a national agency responsible for our online development.

With regard to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (R.A. №. 10175), the MCPIF is a complete overhaul whereby we:

1. Safeguard our Freedom of Speech as manifested in the Philippine Constitution.

2. Make rational poorly crafted provisions in R.A. №. 10175 such as:

1. Libel. Under the MCPIF, you don’t get persecuted and prosecuted for taking government officials to task, complaining about poor service, or otherwise airing a legitimate gripe online.

2. Aiding and Abetting Cybercrime. Through MCPIF’s provisions, we rationalize and limit scope of punishment for those who aid the commission of cybercrime. For example, merely liking, sharing, or re-tweeting on Facebook and Twitter will not put you in the same boat as the malicious author.

3. Higher Punishments when using ICT. Here, we remove the imposition of higher punishment for criminal acts committed using any form of ICT. Someone will not have a longer prison sentence just because he used his mobile phone to send texts about some corrupt government official.

4. The Takedown Clause. We believe that there should be a stronger burden of proof before a website or any device containing data could be blocked or restricted.

Aside from these rights and freedoms, the MCPIF also covers the following:

  1. Cybercrime.
  2. Data Privacy.
  3. Data Security.
  4. Public Telecommunication.
  5. Quality of Service and Network Fair Use.
  6. Intellectual Property Code.
  7. Revised Penal Code and other penal laws.

The MCPIF is a living document that will grow and develop as the Internet, the WWW and ICT grows.

 

How did the MCPIF come to be?

The MCPIF was and is being crafted by Netizens with a strong belief in Democracy and the Democratic principles of a just and free society. These Netizens believe that such principles should be used to protect and promote the Internet as tool for Nation-building, economic livelihood, and a bastion of freedom.

 

Who are these Netizens?

We are no different from you. We are Filipinos from all walks of life. Some of us are gamers. Some of us are parents. Some of us are software designers. Some of us are bloggers. A number of us are on Twitter and Facebook. We are Filipinos.

We believe in Democracy. A place; a shared idea where rights and obligations are crucial parts of society for it to grow and prosper.