Philippine Internet Rights Declaration Launches in Davao During Pecha Kucha on Selfie

Dec 9, 2015 // By:switotwins digital storytelling // No Comment

Foundation for Media Alternatives partners with Switotwins, Inc, Startup Davao, Dakila Davao and other local digital advocates in Davao City to launch the Philippine Declaration on Internet Rights during the Pecha Kucha Volume 2 – Selfie last December 5, 2015. Also co-organizers of the Pecha Kucha were JCI Duwaling, CoffeeBot Solutions, and SMART.


The PechaKucha Night Volume 2 on Selfie in Davao was an informal and fun gathering where creative people got together to share experiences about taking selfies, discuss in detail the psychology behind selfies and learn how taking selfies can be an expression of rights online.

The working declaration on the Philippine Internet Rights was concretized by multiple stakeholders on the first-ever forum on Internet Governance, Human Rights, and Development in March 2015.  The preamble states the ff:

  • Recalling that the Philippines is a sovereign democratic state in Southeast Asia, an archipelago that has a diverse population of various cultures that speaks different languages and dialects and professes different beliefs and ideologies;
  • Recognizing the 1987 Philippine Constitution, and that the State shall promote social justice in all phases of national development and should value the dignity of each and every human person;
  • Recognizing that the Internet plays an important role in the lives of the peoples of the Philippines, affecting their social, political, cultural, and economic development;
  • Recognizing that the Internet is a global commons and a public resource that should further the public interest;
  • Asserting that governance of the Internet should be inclusive, democratic, and rights-based, and should encourage the widest possible participation, particularly from marginalized and vulnerable sectors;
  • Noting that while the Internet has provided a platform for the promotion of human rights and increased democratization in the country, it has nevertheless also been misused and abused at times, and that such misuse or abuse results in a widening of the social divide or increased oppression;
  • Affirming that all human rights that apply or are enjoyed offline, particularly those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), should likewise also apply and be protected online;
  • Emphasizing the responsibility of the State to always respect, protect and fulfill human rights, as also the responsibility of the private sector including Internet intermediaries to respect the human rights of their users consistent with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;

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25-DSCF7031Angel Abella of Startup Weekend said that “a selfie is not a selfie without the internet.”

30-DSCF7040Karla Singson, blogger and local media, said that “the rising selfie culture makes women take back the power of dictating how society looks at them. You want people to know you’re pretty? Post a selfie. That you eat right and exercise? Post a selfie. That you have interesting hobbies? Post a selfie.” She adds that using the power of selfies and the internet can change how women look at themselves from being subjected to judgment and objectification to actually telling people how women would like to be seen.

In a written statement, Initiative for International Dialogue, one of the signatories of the Philippine Declaration on Internet Rights said that “with the Internet emerging as the new platform of democratic space and expression helping humankind shape its emerging dialogue and discourse, IID expresses solidarity with all stakeholders who support this declaration.” IID encouraged everyone to support and popularize the Philippine Declaration of Internet Rights and Principles through collective vigilance and advocacy in ensuring that the Internet remains free and unfettered for all.



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