In line with the celebration of the World Social Media Day, netizens, bloggers, media practitioners and youth groups converged to sign the 5-point “Internet Agenda,” a compendium of calls and demands relevant to the holistic advancement of Internet freedom in the country.
The Internet Agenda includes:
1. Junking the Cybercrime Prevention Law of 2012
2. Upholding freedom of expression and association on the Internet
3. Universal access to the Internet
4. Improvement of quality of connection
5. Protection of internet privacy
“Recognizing the vital role of the Internet and social media in fomenting social change, the youth along with netizens and Internet advocates, resolve to fight for better Internet access and the protection of our civil rights online. We commit to achieving the 5-point agenda by contributing in our various fields of expertise,” said Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon.
The covenant signing is part of the “Social Media for Social Change” forum, an event organized by Kabataan Partylist in celebration of the World Social Media Day. Speakers in the said event include known social media advocates such as Mr. Ederic Eder, Ms. Noemi Lardizabal-Dado of Blogwatch PH, and Bloggers for Nationalism and Democracy Chair (BAND) Chair Tonyo Cruz.
In the said forum, outgoing Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino also discussed recent Internet security issues, particularly the case of Edward Snowden and the PRISM project. Rep. Ridon, meanwhile, discussed key Internet-related legislative measures that Kabataan Partylist will prioritize in the 16th Congress, including the Free Public Wifi Bill, the Cybercrime Law Repeal Bill, and the Magna Carta for Internet Users.
“Social media is a sounding board that has played a vital role in recent upheavals around the world. The youth and the Filipino people should harness the power of social media to foment genuine change in our country. Together, we can create a significant impact, not just in virtual reality, but also in the real world,” Ridon said.###