Blackout: In Solidarity

Cropped a little to be less confusing (you can’t follow the link on the original image). You can access the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance Page here or by clicking on the graphic .

You’ re right, this blog isn’t produced in the Philippines. I know I am also primarily a food blogger with a library blog on the side. Yes. Both blogs need a little more attention.

While the US is not directly affected by this, I’m blacking out …Shot the Food for a little bit in solidarity. Here’s why:

  • This law affects family and friends in the Philippines.
  • A decent amount of my readership (at least according to site stats) hails from the Philippines.
  • Although I am primarily a food/photography blogger, I am an information professional by trade. Information policy is one of my interests.
  • I am still not a fan of the state cyberlaw is in… in the U.S. and elsewhere. I care about balance.
  • The potential for abuse is great. As written, the provisions of the law are overbroad. One can potentially be jailed in my birth country for a “share”, “like”, or a “retweet”. Without due process of the law.

If you know any Filipinos, please pass this as well as the below articles with impunity… This recently-passed law is much  worse than SOPA/PIPA. The articles cover why very well.

From Interaksyon: ANALYSIS | How the Cybercrime Law criminalizes ‘Likes’ and tweets
From GMA News: Digital Martial Law: 10 scary things about the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

Update: We’ll be back to your regular programming sometime this weekend.


About A. Random Hapa

Thirty-something. INFP. Librarian. Brain Tumor Survivor. Hobbyist Singer. Amateur Photographer. Foodie. Craft Beer Fan. Unrepentant geek.

Posted on October 2, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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