Celebrating ‘One Web Day 2009’
A very important day for all Internet users is coming, the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Internet. For the first time in history, the Philippines will join a target of some 50 countries on September 22, 2009 in a simultaneous global annual celebration of Internet day – OneWebDay, which is aimed at highlighting the importance of the Internet in empowering individuals, enhancing social ties, and contributing to economic growth and development. OneWebDay was founded in 2006 by Ms. Susan Crawford, who is now an adviser of U.S. Pres. Barack Obama on science, technology, and innovation policy at the National Economic Council.
The ‘One Web Day 2009’ celebration in the country is being spearheaded by Philippine Internet Users Society (PIUS). PIUS maintains close linkages with OneWebDay Inc. and other organizations, which are supporting the United Nations Internet Governance Forum‘s (IGF) target of the next ONE BILLION new Internet Users. PIUS Chief executive Officer Michael M. Alunan said “PIUS supports this advocacy,” adding that PIUS itself has fully embraced it with its slogan “Empowering Everyone Through Computer and Internet Access,” which will be emphasized during the Sept. 22 OneWebDay celebration.
Alunan said, “One Web Day 2009 is being organized like a movement, commercial establishments, malls, schools, etc. are encouraged to join the celebration, similar to the support for the Earth Day Hour last April 22.” Internet cafes nationwide are encouraged to offer free tutorials to non-users, for an hour, half-day or even an entire day, to support the cause , while generating new customers for them. Alunan added that PIUS will also hold various pocket events and local support activities being volunteered by various partner advocates. These events, some of which will be held days before Sept. 22, will also contribute to the OneWebDay event and the overall advocacy of PIUS.
Not that I am in anyway trying to spoil the celebration but I wish to quote my own comment that I posted on PIUS’ website as follows:
Should We Celebrate?
Sorry for the title of my comment but I believe Internet users in the Philippines are facing some serious negative repercussions on the possible effect of a provision in the proposed Anti-Child Pornography Act where the ISPs are mandated to filter the web.
and the reply of David D’Angelo, a PIUS member, was:
Bill on the wrong turn
I think we should still celebrate the internet and One Web Day. It is also because of the fact that Philippine Internet Users are not united and not have a voice that laws like this are being pass. I am also favoring a bill like this but the punishment should be more on websites having these pornographic contents. I do not think that the internet should be filtered. There is a so called freedom of information. Filtering is very dangerous and once it is started what will then be filtered next. Strengthen the law, give proper education to kids and parents and fight poverty. Poverty is one of the root cause of child pornography.
Another cause is the prevalence of lewdness in television. Many think that sex and pornography is okey since they can see sexy girls on television as well. It is right to protect the child but I think it is wrong to filter the net.
I could not say more, let’s celebrate One Web Day 2009 but let us also be vigilant on the impending Internet surveillance as provided in the soon-to-become law on Anti-Child Pornography.