On cybercrime, security, and SIM card registration: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (September 1-15, 2022)

SECURITY EXPERT LAUNCHES UNIFIED CYBERSECURITY PLATFORM CHALLENGES TIn a recent press briefing, Ian Felipe, Trend Micro Philippines country manager, told journalists that local organizations have to act fast because they were identified in Trend Micro’s 2021 Annual Cybersecurity Report as some of the most vulnerable in the region. Read more […]

On the national press freedom day, joint venture deal, and digitalization: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (August 16-31, 2022)

ON THE FIRST OBSERVATION OF NATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM DAY The Philippines observes its first National Press Freedom Day today, August 30, 2022, after former president Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11699 on April 13. However, we recognize that continued media repression, threats to free expression, and journalists’ […]

On cyber libel, telco competition, and the new OSAEC law: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (August 1-15, 2022)

POLICE ARREST EX-VP CANDIDATE WALDEN BELLO FOR CYBER LIBEL Former vice presidential candidate and Laban ng Masa chairperson Walden Bello was arrested for two counts of cyber libel by the police on Monday, August 8. Bello’s arrest was confirmed by his executive secretary and Laban ng Masa spokesperson Leomar Doctolero. […]

On the vision for tech, better internet speed, and online (and offline) violence: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (July 16-31, 2022)

DIGITAL SERVICES TAX, DIGITAL GOV’T SERVICES: TECH PRIORITIES FROM SONA 2022 President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday, July 25, addressed Congress in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), with some points of his 74-minute speech touching on technology-related issues. President Marcos Jr.’s 19 priority bills include the E-Government […]

On initiatives against cybercrime, disinformation, and building hybrid online learning: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (July 1-15, 2022)

FAKE JOB TEXT SCAMS LIKELY TO PERSIST AS JOBLESSNESS WORSENS Rising indices of Cybercriminals using text messages to trick mobile phone users into visiting malicious websites to obtain their personal information, including banking information, credit cards, and addresses. Authorities have attributed the cause of these incidents to rising unemployment. According […]

On digital transactions, online investment scams, policy and reforms in the digital sector: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (16-30, 2022)

SC: PHOTOS, MESSAGES FROM FB MESSENGER ADMISSIBLE AS EVIDENCE The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that photos and messages obtained by private individuals from a Facebook messenger account are admissible as evidence in court. The ruling was based on a 31-page decision by Justice Jhosep Y. Lopez after the conviction […]

On internet infrastructure, cybersecurity and the fight against disinformation disorder: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (June 1-15, 2022)

STARLINK SET TO DELIVER BREAKTHROUGH INTERNET SERVICES TO PH SOON The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) speedily approved SpaceX-Starlink’s requirements that will allow the country to enjoy breakthrough internet services through the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network constellation consisting of over 1,600 satellites. Starlink promises to deliver […]

On Election Standards, Defending Freedom of Speech and Press Freedom, and Upholding Historical Truth: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (May 16-31, 2022)

INT’L OBSERVERS: MAY 9 PH VOTE FALLS SHORT OF FREE, FAIR ELECTION STANDARDS The election was “not free and fair”. Séverine De Laveleye, a Belgian parliamentarian, said this as she presented the interim report of the International Observer Mission (IOM) on the May 9 elections. The IOM, which was launched […]

On Election Hacking Attempts, Disinformation in Social Media Platforms, and Vote Buying: The FMA Digital Rights Round-up (May 1-15, 2022)

PPCRV FINDS 1.6% MISMATCH IN ELECTION RETURNS The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the private sector partner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported mismatches between the printed election returns (ERs) and those sent to the poll body’s transparency server. Van dela Cruz, the spokesperson for the PPCRV, […]

On the veto of the SIM Card Registration Ace, Election-related initiatives, and the Junking of Cyberlibel Raps: The FMA Digital Rights Roundup (April 16-30, 2022)

DUTERTE VETOES SIM REGISTRATION BILL DUE TO MANDATORY REGISTRATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed the proposed Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act, Malacañang said on April 15. The provision ordering the mandatory registration of social media accounts prompted Duterte to veto the measure, acting presidential […]