Strengthening the digital rights movement in the Philippines

by EM News — June 26, 2019

FMA

From 28 May to 1 June 2019, the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) organised a Digital Rights Camp, a gathering of journalists, artists, activists, and human rights defenders to reach out and introduce digital rights to advocacy groups in the Philippines. Dianne Olivan, project assistant of EngageMedia, attended the camp and the FMA website published her commentaries on the proceedings of the gathering and the digital rights situation in the Philippines.

Some excerpts from the post:

The camp aimed to introduce digital rights to more members of the local human rights field. Through open space facilitation, which allows participants to collectively steer their own learning experience, we were even given the power to propose or attend any session that reflected our goals for participating.

We need more events like the FMA Digital Rights Camp that involve and breed young digital rights advocates in the country, whom we hope to work with on more promising partnerships, projects, and networks.

FMA Digital Rights Camp

In the same spirit, EngageMedia will organise Coconet II: Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp in October, and we hope to highlight that while there is a need for a unified global and regional network, there is also an evolving and even stronger need for local collaborations.

Read the rest of the post here.