Filipinos up in arms as cybercrime law takes effect

Facebook users show disgust on Cybercrime law

Filipinos are up in arms as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which criminalizes hacking, spamming, file-sharing, identity theft and online trafficking, has taken effect.

The last minute addition to the Cybercrime law that punishes individuals who post libelous statements and those who help propagate the latter has made netizens cry foul (get the expert criminal lawyer in Kitchener consultation to find out more details).

Under this new law, members of social networking accounts should be careful to post status updates, comments on posts, tweet and etc. because they can be sued for libel. Stiff penalties could be met by those found guilty including a jail time of up to 12 years and a fine of $24,000.

The lone Senator who voted against the passage of the bill, Senator Teofisto Guingona III said, ‘Suddenly, I can be punished for expressing critical thought online or allowing my Facebook friends to do the same on my own page. With this law, even Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, can be charged with cyber-libel!”

A few days before the law went into effect, a group calling themselves Anonymous Philippines has been attacking a number of government websites in their disgust..

A number of Filipino Facebook members have changed their profile photos and cover photos to a simple black image as a sign of their protest.

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Philippine telco commission eyes sanctions against erring telco providers

Let’s visit the Pearl of the Orient this time as the Philippines is trying to make stiffer penalties against telecommunication companies providing lousy service.

The National Telecommunications Commission of the Philippines has revealed that they are studying the act of imposing sanctions to carriers to address the complaints of their subscribers. The NTC has been receiving a ton of reports with regards to bad coverage and poor service.

The country has two big companies in Smart and Globe Telecom that provide wireless needs to the Filipinos.

According to NTC chief Gamaliel Cordoba, the reason behind the imposition of sanctions is that with a non-increasing number of subscribers, the awful service that they are providing their customers can no longer deteriorate.

According to Cordoba, one of the reasons why subscribers from those two telcos have been experiencing bad service is the companies’ unlimited services offer.

The Philippines has recorded the fastest pace of growth in South East Asia with regards to smartphone adoption. A 326% increase was seen during the past 12 months.

With the number set to rise in the coming months, the NTC is tightening up their regulating practices so as for the telecommunication providers in the country won’t be offering an average service.

Globe Telecom and Smart has been battling for supremacy with the latter having the edge in number of subscribers.

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Philippines turns to Twitter and Facebook for rescue

Technology truly has come a long way since the advent of the Internet. Now, social networks, as well as other means of pin pointing a person’s location, have proliferated the Web. At times, they are used indiscriminately, while other times they are used to save lives.

Take for example the stories behind those who escaped the great flooding in the Philippine capital of Manila and its neighboring cities the other day. The flooding which have caused about 25000 individuals to flee their homes and a number of deaths have seen what these social networking sites can do to help those in need.

The Philippines is considered as one of the most social media-savvy countries in the world. They went to Twitter and Facebook to inform authorities and as well as rescuers about those individuals who are in dire need of a rescue and warn individuals of the impending destruction that the flood brings.

Photos posted on Facebook and Twitter help warn individuals what thoroughfares not to pass and also help disseminate information regarding persons trapped inside buildings. Even hospitals that cater to those sick and in need are the once who needs rescue in this instance.

A lot of victims and lives were rescued this way thanks to the social media boom.

Even Google contributed as individuals created a relief center map on Google Maps and a rescue request form.

Now that’s one social media story that we all should be proud off!

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