Cyber Martial Law?

I haven’t written an actual blog post in a while due to being so busy with my thesis proposal. Now that the hearing is done, I guess I should come up with something. And with all the hype in the Philippines about Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, what better topic to write about than this. Here we go…

The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 will be coming into effect in about 2 hours at the time of posting. The new law is said to bring about “cyber martial law” with its higher penalties for online libel and government’s ability to restrict or block access to internet data without the need for a court order. Some claim it’s a threat to press freedom while others believe that even minors who rant on blogs and social media are covered. I’m appalled that the government is gonna spend so much in taxpayers money for this law’s implementation. Php 50 million (USD 1.2 million) of it!

So what’s with passing this law? Do some people in government only want to hear and see nice things? Or did the harsh provisions simply slip past them?

There’s a lot of public reaction to this law. Facebook users are going black, replacing their profile and cover photos with all black images. Anonymous also decided to hack a few government websites.

I’m getting sleepy so I’m gonna stop ranting now. Let me just end with a photo and a few more words below.

Taken at University of the Philippines – Diliman

This picture was taken in UP, a state university which is pretty notorious for rallies (all for good causes if you ask me, though). No, I didn’t get to see the rally, but there clearly was one. Obviously, this was an anti-government protest.

The Cybercrime Law is gonna take effect so I’m gonna wait for someone up there to censor that photo. Or maybe this whole post. Or maybe this blog. Let’s see if anything happens…


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