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[Event] 3rd HR Pinduteros’ Awards on December 2, 2013, 7:00PM, at KALAYAAN BISTRO GRILL, #106 Kalayaan Road, Diliman, Quezon City

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Dear fellow human rights defender,

Greetings from the Human Rights Online Philippines!

“Internet Freedom… Our right, Our choice, Our voice.”

For the third time, the Human Rights Online Philippines or HRonlinePH.com https://hronlineph.com/ will give recognition to human rights defenders who, individually or with others, work to promote and defend human rights by using the online platforms.

On 2nd December, HRonlinePH in partnership with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) http://fma.ph/ will hold the 3rd Human Rights (HR) Pinduteros’ Choice Awards, which give recognition to exceptional individuals and organizations in recognition of their achievement in defending all human rights through online and offline.

Bringing HR Pinduteros to life….HRonlinePH knows that as good as its site content might be, its impact would be solely dependent on the number of readers, number of hits, number of generated feedbacks, and motivating those readers to become regular readers. HRonlinePH turned its focus to increasing ease of access to site content through effective and systematic use of social media tools and by consolidating selected groups of bloggers, writers and human rights defenders, through the HR Pinduteros, who all work to protect and defend all human rights.

The 3rd HR Pinduteros’ Choice Awards is an opportunity not only to give recognition to the work and achievements of HR Pinduteros, but also to participate and to join the public in celebration of the International Human Rights Week.

We would like to invite you to join us at the 3rd HR Pinduteros’ Awards on December 2, 2013 (Monday), 7:00PM, at KALAYAAN BISTRO GRILL, #106 Kalayaan Road, Diliman, Quezon City, for a day of coming together to assert and to stand up for “Internet Freedom… Our right, Our choice, Our voice.”

For more information please contact HRonlinePH team at +63921-9645017, +63933-4654904, +63928-8443717, +63906-3959976 and +63923-4261110 and through e-mail hronlineph@gmail.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Human-Rights-Online-Philippines/160809923975269?ref=hl

Thank you. Way to go HRonlinePH.

HRonlinePH Team

[Press Release] Fight continues to #StopCyberMartialLaw -Dakila

Fight continues to #StopCyberMartialLaw 
as the World Celebrates #InternetFreedomDay

Dakila Logo_ coloredAs the world celebrates #InternetFreedomDay today in commemoration of the formation of the broadest coalition in history to stop PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) from being quickly and quietly passed by the US Congress, the Philippines Internet Community remains ablaze in fighting against the Cybercrime Law.

Last January 15, the Supreme Court of the Philippines has started with its oral arguments on RA 10175 or more known as the Cybercrime Law. Protesters have once again marched to Padre Faura to oppose the said law. The Cybercrime Law was passed on September 12, 2012 and has been said to address issues concerning crimes happening on the Internet such as cyber sex, child pornography, identity theft, and libel.

“Is it really there to protect women when even women’s groups have said that the law incriminates women more? Is it really for the good of the people or for their own, personal agendas? We believe that the Cybercrime Law does not answer the problems on the Internet but does more harm than good,” Ayeen Karunungan, spokesperson of the Dakila Artist Collective said.

Sections of the said law have been questioned on its constitutionality. Section 19, also known as the takedown clause, is one provision strongly opposed by the public. It empowers the Department of Justice to restrict and/or take down content without the need for a court order.

A few days before the start of the oral arguments in the Philippines, Aaron Swartz, an Internet freedom advocate, committed suicide in his New York apartment as he faced charges and 35 years on jail for for downloading academic journals from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His case against the government was highly criticized by the public, who believes the US government has not justified its case against Swartz.

Protesters in the Philippines have quoted and cited Aaron Swartz and his advocacy for free and open Internet. “Aaron Swartz is an inspiration for Internet freedom activists in the Philippines. Like him, we believe that information should be shared. Like other advocates, we believe that the Internet is a powerful tool in disseminating information and empowering the public. It has made democracy what its should be — participative rather than representative,” Karunungan said.

“The Internet is now threatened by a government that fears the power of its people. Internet freedom will be in our hands, but only if we fight for it. Dakila is one with the international internet community in this struggle, as we battle our own fight against the Cybercrime Law in the Philippines.” Karunungan added.

The solicitor general is to reply on January 22 and the temporary restraining order on the law will be lifted on February 6. Petitions have been made requesting for the extension of the TRO.

Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
18 January 2013

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[Event] Call to #TakeBacktheTech to Promote and Protect Women’s Human Rights in the Philippines

Sign up for 16 days of blogging on your thoughts around violence against women. Start a debate, share an idea, document your experience, pass on information, exercise your right to expression to end violence against women. Blog with us!

Call to #TakeBacktheTech to Promote and Protect Women’s Human Rights in the Philippines

We have seen how thousands of Filipinos mobilize to protect Internet Freedom against the Philippine CyberMartialLaw. For the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence let us be proactive and once again make use of information and communication technology – ICT-to create an online culture that protect women and girls from violence. Let us create an online space that is safe and secure; that provide women and girls venue for empowerment. Let us mobilize to make the abuse heard. Let us collectively provide alternative mechanisms to address women’s rights violations through ICTs and on ICT platforms. We have to stand together and take control of technology to make sure that we strengthen our freedoms. Let us amplify our united voice and demand what we all want – FREEDOMS not FEARS.

Read more @ https://www.takebackthetech.net

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Finalists for 2nd HR Pinduteros choice for Human Rights Blog

Finalists for 2nd HR Pinduteros choice for Human Rights Blog

Here are the Ten Most Clicked HR Blog posted in HRonlinePH.com.

Please support your favorite blog and help us decide who will be our 2nd HR Pinduteros choice for Human Rights Blog. Voting starts now and ends on 12 midnight of November 20, 2012.

To VOTE please visit and like Human Rights Online Philippines’ FB page and click like to corresponding thumbnail on the Album Finalists for 2nd HR Pinduteros choice for Human Rights Blog. 

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FREE ZONE by Dr. Renato Mabunga (renatomabunga.wordpress.com)

CARPE DIEM by Darwin Mendiola (dars0357.wordpress.com)

YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE by Koi Hernandez (koihernandez.wordpress.com)

DEKONZTRUKTSCHON by Prof. Rodrigo Rivera (rodrigo75.wordpress.com)

ANAK NG DESAPARECIDOS by Samahan ng mga Anak ng Desaparecidos (anakngdesaparecidos.wordpress.com)

KAMPAY! by Raphael Olegario (olegs87.wordpress.com)

POLITICS FOR BREAKFAST by James Milaflor (politicsforbreakfast.blogspot.com)

LIFE IN A BOX by Rommel Yamzon (rommelyamzon.blogspot.com)

MY LIFE IS MY MESSAGE by Anthony Gaupo (anthonygaupo.wordpress.com)

THE MOKONG PERSPECTIVE by Mokong (mokongperspective.wordpress.com)

[From the web] Young people urged to defend internet freedom -Akbayan youth

Young people urged to defend internet freedom.

Members of Akbayan Youth today hanged a banner on Welcome Rotonda expressing its opposition to the Cybercrime Prevention Act or Republic Act 10175. Akbayan Youth National Spokesperson JC Tejano today called on the youth to defend internet freedom as a necessary space for a growing democracy.

“With the law now taking effect and the Supreme Court yet to come out with a decision on the petitions questioning its validity, the youth must now take up the cudgels in the defense of internet freedom. The internet is the space where the youth interact, take a stand, and air their criticisms against public officials. However, this space is now getting constricted with the cybercrime law,” Tejano said.

Tejano explained that the law will only be used by politicians to silence their critics.

“We believe that the exercise of freedom of expression, including the right to criticize public figures online, are vital cogs in our democracy. It should not be hampered by the whims of politicians even in cyberspace. We fear that this cybercrime law will serve as the politicians’ fire-wall against public dissent and criticism,” Tejano said.

Read full article @ akbayanyouth.org

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[Petition] Save the Internet from the US -AVAAZ.org

Save the Internet from the US

Dear friends,

Right now, over 100 Members of the US Congress are trying to sneak through a bill that would let them spy on every Internet user without a warrant. CISPA is their third attempt to rebrand their attack on global Internet freedom. Our massive outcry helped beat SOPA and PIPA, let’s save the Internet again:

Right now, the US Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web — and they’re hoping the world won’t notice. We helped stop their Net attack last time, let’s do it again.

Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. But we helped beat SOPA, and PIPA — and now we can beat this new Big Brother law.

Our global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let’s stand together once again — and beat this law for good. Sign the petition then forward to everyone who uses the Internet:


Under the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), if a cyber threat is even suspected, companies we use to access the Internet will have the right to collect information on our activities, share that with the government, refuse to notify us that we are being watched and then use a blanket immunity clause to protect themselves from being sued for violation of privacy or any other illegal action. It’s a crazy destruction of the privacy we all rely on in our everyday emails, Skype chats, web searches and more.

But we know that the US Congress is afraid of the world’s response. This is the third time they have tried to rebrand their attempt to attack our Internet freedom and push it through under the radar, each time changing the law’s name and hoping citizens would be asleep at the wheel. Already, Internet rights groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have condemned the bill for its interference with basic privacy rights — now it’s time for us to speak out.

Sign the petition to Congress opposing CISPA. When we reach 250,000 signers our call will be delivered to each of the 100 US Representatives backing the bill:


Internet freedom faces threats everyday from governments around the world — but the US is best placed to attack the rights of Internet users because so much of the Net’s infrastructure is located there. Our movement has, time and time again, proven that global public opinion can help beat back US threats to our Net. Let’s do it again.

With hope,

Emma, Rewan, Ricken, Antonia, Lisa, Morgan, Mia, Pascal and the entire Avaaz team

More information

Move over SOPA & PIPA: Here comes CISPA — Internet censorship (Digital Journal)

CISPA: Congressional plan to censor Internet concerns critics (Examiner)

Good freedom, bad freedom: Irony of cybersecurity (RT)

Internet SOPA/PIPA Revolt: Don’t Declare Victory Yet (Wired)

H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011

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[From the web] Join Our Censorship Protest!

Join Our Censorship Protest!.

by Jane Wells

 Have you been paying attention to all the hubbub online about the proposed U.S. legislation (SOPA/PIPA) that threatens internet freedom? I wrote about it last week over on WordPress.org, but the gist is this: there’s a bill in the U.S. Senate that if passed would put publishing freedom severely at risk, and could shut down entire sites at the whim of media companies. Fight for the Future created this nifty video to sum it up better than I can.

On January 18, 2012, sites all over the internet will be blacking out to protest and try to mobilize more people to speak out against this bill coming up in the Senate next week — S. 968: the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — in an attempt to let U.S. lawmakers know how much opposition there is. WordPress.org, Wikipedia, and even WordPress.com VIP I Can Has Cheezburger? will be participating in the blackout to raise awareness and spur you to action.

Here on WordPress.com, we want to participate as well. Freshly Pressed will be blacked out during the strike.

Read full article @ http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/join-our-censorship-protest/

[Statement] Stand for Human Rights, Defend Internet Freedom! – DAKILA

Stand for Human Rights, Defend Internet Freedom!

January 19, 2012

 We cannot deny the power internet has brought upon every individual – suddenly we all have a say; suddenly we can influence many; suddenly, earning knowledge is a click away. As Dakila pointed out in its Digital Activism Program, the extensive reach of social media and digital applications have facilitated the spread of social advocacies by exponential numbers in ways we have never imagined before.

Civil society has no doubt been empowered through the internet. We see this evidently in the latest uprisings and revolutions that have been happening around the world. And the internet has been instrumental in communication and knowledge sharing which has eventually lead to the success of many of these revolutions.

As an organization composed of artists, Dakila understands the need for a law to stop piracy and copyright infringement and to protect intellectual property rights but not at the expense of free speech and integrity of the internet. Simply put, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are poorly constructed bills that threaten free speech on the internet more than it protects intellectual property rights.

Although SOPA and PIPA are American legislations, its effects will not stop at American borders. The internet is a global village, where physical geographical borders are blurred and where people share information and knowledge among each other regardless of geographical location. With SOPA and PIPA, information and knowledge sharing not only threatens America, but threatens the world as a whole.

Dakila opposes SOPA and PIPA. The internet has been one of the keys to the democratization of several countries, has helped the fight of the 99%, has aided in bringing human rights violations to light. Now more than ever we see its importance in the role to uphold human rights and people’s dignity. The internet, an activist’s tool for revolution and social change, should not be bound by laws that harm more than they benefit.

We have been more empowered and have done things which, ten years ago, we would not have thought we were capable of doing. Let’s us not let an ill-conceived bill take these away from us.

Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
19 January 2012


[Press Release] English Wikipedia to go dark January 18 in opposition to SOPA/PIPA

English Wikipedia to go dark January 18 in opposition to SOPA/PIPA

San Francisco — January 16, 2012 — On January 18, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, the Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours, in protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States.

Wikipedia administrators confirmed this decision Monday afternoon (PST) in a public statement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Action#Summary_and_conclusion):

Over the course of the past 72 hours, over 1800 Wikipedians have joined together to discuss proposed actions that the community might wish to take against SOPA and PIPA. This is by far the largest level of participation in a community discussion ever seen on Wikipedia, which illustrates the level of concern that Wikipedians feel about this proposed legislation. The overwhelming majority of participants support community action to encourage greater public action in response to these two bills. Of the proposals considered by Wikipedians, those that would result in a “blackout” of the English Wikipedia, in concert with similar blackouts on other websites opposed to SOPA and PIPA, received the strongest support.

“Today Wikipedians from around the world have spoken about their opposition to this destructive legislation,” said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. “This is an extraordinary action for our community to take – and while we regret having to prevent the world from having access to Wikipedia for even a second, we simply cannot ignore the fact that SOPA and PIPA endanger free speech both in the United States and abroad, and set a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world.”

We urge Wikipedia readers to make your voices heard. If you live in the United States, find your elected representative in Washington (https://www.eff.org/sopacall). If you live outside the United States, contact your State Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs or similar branch of government. Tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and want the internet to remain open and free.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 474 million unique visitors per month, making them the fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, November 2011). Available in 282 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 20 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

Media Contact:

For the Wikimedia Foundation

Jay Walsh
Head of Communications
Wikimedia Foundation
Tel. +1 415 839 6885 x 6609

[Petition] Let’s take the fight global, and mobilize to defeat the most powerful censorship threat that the Internet has ever seen- www.avaaz.org

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world’s Internet — creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even Avaaz! Now if we stand with key members of the US Congress, we can defeat this attempt at global Internet censorship. Click here and help build an unprecedented global petition for a free and open Internet:

Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users’ activities. And, because so much of the Internet’s hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us.

The vote could happen any day now, but we can help stop this — champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that an international outcry would strengthen their hand. Let’s urgently raise our voices from every corner of the world and build an unprecedented global petition calling on US decision makers to reject the bill and stop Internet censorship. Click below to sign and then forward as widely as possible — our message will be delivered directly to key members of the US Congress ahead of the crucial vote:


For years, the US government has condemned countries like China and Iran for their clampdown on Internet use. But now, the impact of America’s new censorship laws could be far worse — effectively blocking sites to every Internet user across the globe.

Last year, a similar Internet censorship bill was killed before reaching the US Senate floor, but it’s now back in a different form. Copyright laws already exist and are enforced by courts. But this new law goes much further — granting the government and big corporations enormous powers to force service providers and search engines to block websites based just on allegations of violations — without a trial or being found guilty of any crime!

US free speech advocates have already raised the alarm, and some key Senators are trying to gather enough support to stop this dangerous bill. We have no time to lose. Let’s stand with them to ensure American lawmakers preserve the right to a free and open Internet as an essential way for people around the world to exchange ideas, share communication and work collectively to build the world we want. Sign below to stop US censorship, and save the Internet as we know it:


In the past months, from the Arab Spring to the global Occupy Movement, we’ve seen first hand how the Internet can galvanize, unify and change the world. Now, if we stand together, we can stop this new attack on Internet freedom. We’ve done it before — in Brazil and Italy, Avaaz members have won major victories in the fight for a free Internet. Let’s take the fight global, and mobilize to defeat the most powerful censorship threat that the Internet has ever seen.

With hope,

Luis, Dalia, Diego, Emma, Ricken, Aaron, Antonia, Benjamin and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

Op-Ed: Blacklist Bill allows Feds to remove websites from Internet (Digital Journal)

Disastrous IP Legislation Is Back – And It’s Worse than Ever (EFF)

Silicon Valley legislators oppose online piracy act (SFGate)

House Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act Scheduled (PC World)

Growing Chorus of Opposition to “Stop Online Piracy Act”

The stop online piracy act: summary, problems, and implications

Why Is Justin Bieber So Pissed Off?