Category Archives: Internet & Technology

Business and the Power of Social Media

Anyone who knows the internet, even those who knows the net without actively browsing the web, knows the strong impact of social media, which includes facebook, twitter and instagram, on the way business is being done. This is abundantly clear when it comes to marketing. The recent “tshirt controversy” highlights the impact of social media on customer feedback and corporate image.

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Social Networks, Sex Videos and Blackmail

We received an email regarding voyeurism, a topic which we discussed before (see WHAT VOYEURISM? MEET THE ANTI-PHOTO AND VIDEO VOYEURISM ACT OF 2009 (RA 9995) and Around the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Law). The email asked for information on where to file a complaint for voyeurism and the accompanying threat to publish the sexy photos/videos (basically blackmail), a predicament experienced by many others. The letter reads: Continue reading

Internet Libel under a Suspended Cybercrime Law

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that “environmentalists and Internet users have rallied behind Esperlita “Perling” Garcia, an antimining advocate who was arrested on Thursday on libel charges for a purported critical post on Facebook in spite of the Supreme Court’s suspension of the cybercrime law.” Continue reading

Cybercrime, Libel and Second Thoughts

The public backlash against the cybercrime bill, or certain parts thereof, must have nudged President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino to consider the option of removing criminal liability for libel. During the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) forum the other day, Wednesday, President Aquino said that he favors decriminalizing libel. After signing the Cybercrime Law, with the “brilliantly” inserted provision on libel, President Aquino has changed his mind after one month. Continue reading

Primer on Cybercrimes under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175, An Act Defining Cybercrime, Providing For The Prevention, Investigation, Suppression And The Imposition Of Penalties Therefor And For Other Purposes) was signed by President Aquino on 12 September 2012. It will take effect fifteen (15) days after the completion of its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation. Continue reading

What the Hackers Accomplished

A number of protests welcomed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175; full text; legal wiki entry; summary of cybercrimes), as it becomes effective today. There’s the Black Tuesday. A number of mass actions were held. New petitions were filed at the Supreme Court, seeking the nullity of the cybercrime law or some of its provisions. Some individuals who claim to be members of Anonymous Philippines took an extreme action — they hacked a number of government sites. So, what does hacking accomplish, in relation to the new cybercrime law? Continue reading

Safeguarding Privacy under the new Cybercrime Law

On 12 September 2012, President Benigno Aquino signed into law the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175; full text; legal wiki entry; summary of cybercrimes). We have been interested in this law since it was filed as a bill (see Senate Bill 52). The bill, now the law, certainly has good intentions, but it also has certain provisions that are potentially open to abuse. Continue reading