ANC Airs Forum on Cybercrime Law [☝]Wednesday, October 17, 2012
This is what they pointed out at the start of the forum, and I couldn't agree more. In all the laws that govern the 'real-world', this is one great difference that lawmakers would face if they were to implement the cybercrime law.
Everything that is criminal in the real world should be criminal in the virtual world. This was the argument that served as the basis of approval by most congressmen in the passing of the law.
Listening to his arguments during the forum, it is clear that Teddy Boy Locsin is against the cybercrime law. And he states and I paraphrase:
In the implementation of this law, it seems that the interests of certain groups of people are being protected.
Regarding the part on online libel, I learned that there's this argument, that a lawyer can raise, that Twitter/Facebook is a publication, that's why libel cannot really be applied to it. Christopher Lao was also present during the forum and he stated that he is for the law. Remember that he became a subject of intense cyber bullying after a report of him scurrying through the flood waters was aired. Locsin said that Lao should have filed a case of libel against those people who posted nasty things about him online.
Meanwhile, it is unclear if the law would actually return for amendments in Congress. Malacanang stands beside the law, which is not really a good sign for everyone who opposes it.
I guess that situation applies to what the cybercrime law touches today. With that law, freedom of speech would surely be hampered.
For the new generation, let's take this opportunity to voice out our concerns. This is an impending law that will affect us all, and will change the internet as we know it.