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Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Internet |

Philippines approves law that eliminates the freedom of expression on the Internet

Philippines approves law that eliminates the freedom of expression on the Internet

Although famous or PIPA regulations proposed by the United States last year have passed away, other attempts in the world of laws that directly conflict with the daily use of the network. One of them, perhaps the most exaggerated because of the vagueness of his writings, just adopted in the Philippines. With the recently approved Cybercrime Prevention Act , SOPA is a godsend.

And is that the new law violates freedom of expression all known. Although his words we can understand that this is to prevent crime in the network, the fact is that its actual content leaves little room for freedom of ideas and the very essence of the Internet.

Chasing regulation hacking, cracking, identity theft or spamming … but that also makes it a “cybercrime” cybersex, pornography, file sharing, and, most dangerous of all, online defamation.

Everyone working in the network can understand how frustrating it is meaningless criticism or attack on condition of anonymity in comments or forums of various sites. Another thing is to make it something illegal, to break free speech prevailing in the network. The same goes for pornography or file sharing (one of the pillars that aimed to shoot down SOPA), but remain in the “forgotten” because of the section on defamation.

According to CBS account Teofisto Guingona III, one of the senators who have opposed the regulation:

Suppose we click on a “Like” … as written the law we can be sued. Zuckerberg himself can be accused of cyber defamation. The provision is so broad and vague that it is not clear who should be responsible for providing instructions. The worst thing is that if you are convicted you should prepare to spend up to 12 years in prison.

We can not let this happen. Who defaming who? Does the person who made the remarks Those who have tweeted or linked? Does the site on which the comments were made? Anyone who commented in assent or punctured on a “Like”?

In the way the law is written, the Philippine police could charge for a simple review, the government itself could do with any criticism it considered malicious, everything would depend on the interpretation.

Meanwhile, Vincente Sotto III, one of the senators who have inserted the provision, explained about the defamation section:

Yes, I did. I’ve added to the arrangement because I believe in it and do not think there’s any further damage on people.

As happened with SOPA, legislation is written by those who do not understand the architecture of the network. Much less of the serious implications of the uses. Perhaps for this reason have not been slow to appear the first voices against. Since many young Filipinos lament Reddit nature of a law promoted by the government with the sole purpose of censoring the Internet.

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