New Report: An Overview of Internet Infrastructure and Governance in the Phillippines

The Cyber Stewards Network is pleased to announce the release of a report titled “An Overview of Internet Infrastructure and Governance in the Philippines.” The report outlines the key actors, regulatory structures, and challenges facing the development of the ICT sector in the country, as well as privacy and security concerns. Authored by staff from both the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, the report was made possible by generous support from Hivos Southeast Asia.

The report begins by outlining the political context of the Philippines as it relates to the role of Internet and communication technologies. It then outlines the regulatory landscape, and the mandates of various organizations responsible for decision-making, as it relates to the establishment and operations of ICTs.

Throughout the document, key issues relating to access, privacy, and human rights concerns more broadly are flagged. In particular, the report identifies state capacity issues and gaps in ICT leadership as contributing to policy issues in the Philippines. These include a lack of coordination among state agencies and the government’s absence from multistakeholder fora like the Internet Governance Forum. Finally, the report explores issues related to communication surveillance, online piracy, and anti-obscenity initiatives.

The report concludes by identifying specific areas for attention as the ICT sector continues to develop, and pair them with key recommendation for action, including developing a post-2015 ASEAN ICT Master Plan, increasing capacity building, and championing a progressive ICT agenda.

Read the full report (PDF).

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