Filipino netizens on edge as online libel criminalized under RA 10175 (the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012)

The Philippine Supreme Court reportedly upheld the libel provisions of Republic Act 10175 or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” which Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III signed into law in 2012. As expected, online hysterics have erupted over Philippine social media space with many online “activists” expressing loud indignation over what they perceive […]

Only under foreign pressure: Ph gov’t cracks down on sexual abuse of children over the Internet

Child abuse in the Philippines has been going on for the longest time. It is in plain sight. Some of it is relatively benign abuse, like allowing children to grow fat on a diet of soft drinks and junk food or making them perform in exploitative television variety shows. Others are horrid, using kids to […]

An Unconstitutional Law: A Discourse on the Cybercrime Law

I refer to the burning issue of the day that concerns our society as a whole. This pertains to the new measure enacted by the Legislative and signed into law by the Chief Executive. I am specifically referring to RA 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. I overwhelmingly concur with the contention advanced by […]

Why all talk about ‘Internet freedom’ is ultimately pointless

People who come up with “Magna Cartas” and “visions” of or for “Internet freedom” miss the whole point. Not only that, they fail to see the irony in what they are advocating. These “visions” and frameworks are supposedly to “uphold” Internet “freedom” and seek to implement guidelines, standards, and/or “covenants” amongst stakeholders (people and parties […]

The world ended for many Filipinos in 2012

After taking a short break during the Christmas season, Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino is reportedly back feeling “recharged”. It’s been a busy 2012 for the President and his allies, indeed. He has been sick quite a few times during the year and it was a sign that his health was not a hundred […]

Arrest of Mumbai netizens forbodes Philippines under Cybercrime Law

The Indian city of Mumbai has long been dominated by hard-line rightist party Shiv Sena. So when its powerful head, Bal K. Thackeray died recently, the city effectively shut down in deference with shops closing for the day and workers going home. Annoyed with all this, 21-year-old medical student Shaheen Dhada took to Facebook to […]

Filipino viral videos: mere modern symptoms of a very old cultural dysfunction

As my colleague Ilda pointed out, Filipinos seem to be averse to speaking out. This may seem to be a counterintuitive assertion to make, given how Filipinos pride themselves with a tradition of flamboyant political activism, tacky spectacle in the way they practice freedom of speech in their mass media, and voluminous undifferentiated chatter in […]

If It Looks Like A Duck, Swims Like A Duck, And Quacks Like A Duck

I’ll be watching you (Every breath you take, every move you make) (Every bond you break, every step you take) I’ll be watching you (Every single day, every word you say) (Every game you play, every night you stay) I’ll be watching you The Police       If all you read was “defended their […]