With issues on data privacy, the Philippines’ contact tracing system exhibits red flags for Filipinos’ digital rights. But there’s another danger: that contact tracing data could be used to reach voters in the 2022 national elections.
EngageMedia’s Vino Lucero contributes to the book “Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives”, which narrates how the pandemic “has reshaped how social, economic, and political power is created, exerted, and extended through technology.
Amid physical and social distancing guidelines across the world, LGBTQI+ organisations faced roadblocks in fully celebrating this year’s Pride month in person. But despite only weeks of preparation for the fully digital shift, Pride Month this past June 2020 was a success, in that its celebration intersected LGBTIQ+ issues with other pressing societal issues and broke social media silos by reaching out to new audiences online.
Aside from producing the pilot episode, EngageMedia’s Pretty Good Podcast Team also took the challenge of only using free and open-source software to record the podcast’s episodes.
On June 15, 2020, online news organization Rappler’s CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. were convicted of cyber libel charges over a seven-year-old report on a businessman’s alleged links to illegal drugs and human trafficking. The ruling, which can still be appealed and brought up to the Supreme Court, is the most recent addition to a growing list of attacks on press freedom and freedom of expression in the Philippines.
The pending Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 in the Philippines will effectively broaden the definition of terrorism to cover those expressing dissent and criticism against government leaders and policies. Here’s what we can do about it.