As internet use continues to play an important role in Philippine society, FMA works to ensure that Philippine internet governance is inclusive, democratic, and rights-based. The Internet Rights Program therefore engages in issues such as meaningful access and free expression in the internet.
Business and human rights
What are governments doing to protect human rights from businesses? In the Philippines, literature to answer this question is scarce, and corporations are yet to take on the issue of how digital rights are incorporated into their business practices online. FMA is part of a global project to that will begin studying approaches on this emerging issue.
Mainstreaming human rights in cybersecurity processes
FMA, together with international organization Global Partners Digital, has embarked on a project aiming to strengthen global freedom by facilitating civil society engagement in key cybercrime and cybersecurity processes.
In the Philippines, the project aims to initiate dialogues and processes for the amendment of the Cybercrime Prevention Act (CPA) of 2012, most especially the provisions concerning online libel and cybersex, and a reexamination of its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), most especially regarding electronic surveillance. The goal is to ensure that local cybercrime laws reflect global rights law and standards, since the Philippines is a party to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, a landmark global regime that stresses the need for mechanisms to fight cybercrime and respect human rights.
Engaging CSOs in data mapping to aid service delivery
Ang Pangako (angpangako.net) is a project of FMA with support from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Ang Pangako is an online repository of information on the aftereffects of the Philippine campaign against illegal drugs.
The website features three maps; namely, 1) the support and services map, 2) rehabilitation centers map, and 3) the victims map. As such, Ang Pangako hopes to build narratives around the so-called drug war.