When I first heard about the anti-cybercrime legislation being enacted (RA 10175), it was from one of the Palace’s propagandists, who of course praised it in a way that suggested people’s lives will be improved by the new law.
What’s so great about it anyway?
- Prohibits trespassing (for lack of a better term by me) into other’s data systems, i.e. other’s property. How revolutionary!
- Prohibits non-consensual receipt of e-mails for commercial or advertising purposes.
- ‘Libel’ now categorically includes shit written on the interwebs.
The sad fact is, people who support the administration will not wake up to the fact that government intervention in the internet encroaches freedom, unless an anti-internet porn bill is proposed. And then they’ll go, “Now that’s going too far!” (This is slightly based on a true story)
HOW TO STOP SPAM
I hate spam as much as anybody, but does this mean spam is a crime against me? Hell, no. In the first place, the one to dictate whether such mail will reach my inbox is the e-mail host. They’re the ones who figure out how to filter out spam. Banning spam outright only impedes the creation of technologies that otherwise would have eliminated these nuisances without impinging on my freedom.
And how long will it take before the definition of spam expands to mean “anything contrary to prevailing political interests”? Can we really trust this ‘matuwid’ administration, with its flip-flop over the Freedom of Information bill, to not use this new law to silence gadflies?
FEAR OF LIBEL CHARGES
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to stop blogging on political economy for a time now. After all, what more is there to say other than “Government is bad”…? Sure, the implications of this simple statement have to be realized for oneself, but I’ve covered pretty much all there is to cover about politics and society in the last five years. RA 10175 just gives me a pretext to rest my head.
I’m still not sure whether I’ll limit my view settings or just let people read what I had to say before the CyberCrime Prevention Act came around. And I might continue to write “P-Noy is an idiot”-type articles anyway, because it’s not like anyone reads this crap, right? And it’s not like the Philippine government has enough resources to implement its thousands of laws.
But for now, I feel like keeping quiet.