I’m a blogger. I’m also an online media consultant. I do virtual community management. I love engaging with people online. I share anything that can help other people to make their lives better. I speak my mind.
The power of speech is something I hold dear to my heart. At the same time, I also respect privacy laws and don’t condone to cyber crimes. The Cybercrime Prevention Law has its pluses and I support it but when it threatens the voice of the people, then that’s another story.
Today, ‘netizens’ are fighting for their freedom on the Internet. They are fighting back the way they know how. Quoting a colleague in the industry (still checking if he would like to put his name here), he says, “While you’re uploading photos of yourself having fun with your friends is awesome, a lot of Digital Pinoys are working hard to fight for your rights online. Some of them are putting their names and reputations on the line just so you can keep posting your little rants without being taken advantaged by a real or imagined aggrieved party. Suporta lang kailangan namin (we just need your support). Keep your vote for someone who actually cares about us.” I would give a thousand likes if I could.
Some (like myself) have changed their profile pictures and cover photos on different social media channels. Some are at the Supreme Court with signs showing a black box. Some are tweeting, sharing, doing website blackouts, and the list goes on. There is also a petition on Change.org to Junk the Cybercrime Law. I would probably say, not remove it altogether but to amend some of its provisions.
A great article posted on the GMA Network titled, “Digital Martial Law: 10 scary things about the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” informs the public in layman terms what these provisions are and how it can affect how we do things online. I recommend you take the time to read through it.
Internet Freedom, a partnership with PIFA and The New Media is live to inform the public on the list of senators who are for the law or those who wish to amend it. It will be updated continuously until a change has been made (or not). I’ll be checking the site daily to see how things are moving along. I hope it pressures the law makers to quickly make their stand.
Kudos to the influencers, movers, and shakers who are putting much effort into getting the law amended. Kudos to all of you who are participating in this online battle for freedom. Let’s not bring down the one thing that makes us ONE in the world.
Photo credits: PIFA, and PixelOffensive