Cybermartial law, cyberlibel and cybercrimes: New frontier in fight for freedom
The Philippines' Supreme Court recently upheld a so-called Cybercrime Prevention Law which penalizes cyberlibel and gives it a higher, heavier and longer jail term, and raises the penalty for all offenses in law books if the offender used any ICT tool.
Dubbed as the country's response to modern crimes, the new law gives a chilling effect to citizens who use ICT for diverse purposes - creative and technological, political and personal.
Similar laws have been passed in Asia and are being pushed in more countries, purportedly using as a blueprint the European cybercrime convention to remedy technology-related threats on the economy. But the laws and pending bills produce overbroad results that endanger free expression, privacy, innovation, access and oppeness in the web, as well as offline.
Let's talk how cybercrime laws that supposedly protect the internet actually threaten the freedoms of people.
Envisioned panelists: Participants from Southeast Asia, involved in the campaigns against cybercrime laws
Would be happy to participate if you're looking for panelists. We are monitoring situation in Southeast Asia (SEAPA)