Remember when I told you about SOPA and how grave the effects are if it was to be implemented in the United States and in other countries? Well, my country decided to make something similar to that all because one senator can’t admit his mistakes. You can read the law here:
First of all, the constitution states that “No ex post facto law or bill of attainder shall be enacted.” It means that you can’t be guilty of something before there was a law about it and as far as I’m concerned, I still have 30 minutes left.
I’ve been mum about the whole thing because I’d like to believe that the bill, now a law, was created out of good intentions. After all, I think it’s about time we should be accountable for the things we do online. But like most laws in the Philippines, the Cybercrime Prevention Act is unclear and unnecessary.
The law is unclear because it just is. The government is implementing a bunch of laws that they don’t understand, most of them aren’t even computer-savvy! Let’s say I’m cybersquatting a certain domain but it was registered with a US-based domain registrar, can you still sue me? What if I live in Singapore, using a Singaporean ISP, can you still sue me? I don’t think that was stated in the law.
The law is unnecessary because WE ALREADY HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS!!! We can’t even solve our current problems and we want to add a few more? Up until now, kids can’t go to school, families are poor as fuck and our roads are still flooded (and don’t give me that shitty argument that we can’t be a flood-free country, YOU’RE NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH!). Can we solve those problems first?
And as for Senator Sotto, I believe that there’s a fine line between criticism and cyberbullying. I know that most people tends to insult the individual rather than the deed or thought. Yes, their words can hurt but what you did was really wrong. It was bad enough you plagiarized someone, but to refuse to apologize and just admit your mistakes? Of course, people will criticize you. Learn how to deal with it! Also, may I remind you that you’re a public servant; you work for us and not the other way around.