The Wisdom of Crowds: Crowdsourcing Net Freedom

Photo from Vera Files

Photo from Vera Files

 

ACTIVISTS troop to the Supreme Court tomorrow, the second time they will do so this month, to oppose the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. But another group has been working quietly towards much the same goal: a repeal of the law that critics say will violate the freedoms of speech and expression.

The group calls itself Democracy.net.PH or PHNetDems for short, and is taking the lead in helping draft the country’s first ever crowd-sourced piece of legislation.

That draft is the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF) which Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed as a Senate bill in November 2012. Although unprecedented, PHNetDems’ work was done through official channels, in the open and on online platforms that anybody could access.

Little is known about the PHNetDems because it has not done anything controversial, unlike the group Anonymous Philippines which chooses to hide its members identities yet takes credit for defacing government websites to protest the Anti-Cybercrime law. [Read more on Vera Files]

 

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