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. Read more…

GenderScoop: Online Gender-based Violence, the Role of Internet Intermediaries and Initiatives to address Gender Digital Divide

What’s the scoop this month on gender and ICT in the Philippines? We continue to see manifestations of gender-based violence online, policy development on gender, role of internet intermediaries and some initiatives to address gender digital divide.

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Understanding Hate and Hate Speech: The Philippine Context

In the Philippines, there is no legislation on hate speech, although it has laws on libel and defamation. Recently though, a bill emanating from the Lower House was filed that aims to define, prohibit and penalize hate speech in the country. The bill was filed by Muslim representatives in congress as a result of the violent incidents that occurred in Christ-church and El Paso that killed individuals due to racist and anti-immigration sentiments.

GenderScoop: Reaching for inclusivity, leveraging platforms for empowerment and fight vs. disinformation

GenderScoop is a monthly digest on gender & ICT in the Philippines May 2022 scoop: Reaching for inclusivity, leveraging platforms for empowerment and fight vs. disinformation What we gather this month: Manifestations of gender-based violence (OGBV) offline and online. Reports of various forms of gender-based violence continued. How responsive are laws in the Read more…

GenderScoop: Elections, disinformation against women, and fighting for ‘digital rights’

April 2022 Scoop: Elections, disinformation against women, and fighting for ‘digital rights’ What we gather this month: Manifestations of online gender-based violence (OGBV). Incidence of OGBV continued, pressing concerns on safe online spaces for women.  Danish national nabbed for sharing photos, videos of Filipino wife “The victim told authorities that the suspect allegedly shared Read more…

GenderScoop: Safer internet? Combatting online persecution of women, exploitation of girls, and the dangers of SIM registration

GenderScoop is a monthly digest on gender & ICT in the Philippines February 2022 scoop: Weaponization of ICT against women and girls, initiatives for safer and inclusive internet, and clamor regarding the SIM card registration bill What we gather this month: State initiatives. Policy efforts on recognizing online dimension of gender-based violence Read more…