A group of netizens met up at Smart Jump Experience Center, SM Megamall yesterday to discuss the proposal to have a Netizens Coalition of the Philippines (NCP). A lot of netizens were invited and urged to join the discussion physically at the venue or online through Google Hangout.
Considering that I know the people behind the idea, I know that NCP will be for our own good. The purpose of the group is to help netizens across the whole country. If there is something I can contribute, then I would do so. The first step is to join the meeting in order to understand what the proposal really is. Is it feasible? Is it something that netizens would be interested in? Is the goal enough to gather support from the netizens in the Philippines?
What is the proposal anyway? Moreover, what is Netizens Coalition of the Philippines (NCP)? I listed down my takeaways from the #netizensmeetup. You can watch the recorded Google Hangout session as well.
Netizens Coalition of the Philippines (NCP)
A Coalition of the ‘Willing’.
a support, advice and education coalition of netizens for all with the end in mind of freedom and fairness to all.
when netizens join the coalition, they will undergo a process wherein they will be required to attend a seminar on two regarding internet safety & good online practices. At the end of that, an oath (sets of good practices) of sorts will be followed. Lastly, once all of that is done, the netizen’s name will be included in the official list of NCP.
- The idea came about two months ago when a blogger was sued for libel. Cynthia and Noemi discussed it thinking that maybe bloggers should help each other through education.
- Juned came up with the idea of a coalition stating that times are changing. More people are going online, there are more encounters online, more developments in our country like the cybercrime law, more people are being sued for online activities, and people being bullied online.
- The main proposal is to have a network of netizens who will actually support each other via education, and via advocacy in order to overcome strengths and challenges that come their way.
- It was initially limited to bloggers but later concluded that it should be open to everyone online. Some people might not have blogs but they are online via Twitter, Facebook and/or email. So basically, all of us are netizens.
- They wanted to propose NCP in order for netizens to group up and find a common good belief. We all have different reasons why we go online (earn money, share views, marketing, etc) and this leads to disagreement. However, we all have common values. For most of us, we believe in transparency.
- There are a lot of talks about online credibility. A collection of best practices can help provide guidance especially for newbies.
- before NCP will be created, a set of best practices (experiences & knowledge) should be compiled.
- Members of NCP can get support from the coalition as simple as asking a question or as complex as seeking help about an issue or a legal case.
- Main driver – Education & support. A common pool of people who wants to learn from each other.
- The group does NOT want our freedom to be curtailed. There is a need to form an organization to help netizens. Right now, it all depends if you have the connection. Not everyone has that.
I believe some people might not be interested in it. However, there could come a time that they would need guidance in online matters, at least there’s NCP who they can approach. As for me, in spite of being online for a couple of years, I still believe that there are a lot of things I need to learn. I hope Netizens Coalition of the Philippines will push through. It’ll be a non-profit, a charity-like organization for online people and a helping hand. Who wouldn’t want that?
So there, that was what went through with the meet up. Will you join Netizens Coalition of the Philippines (NCP) if it pushes through? If yes, any ideas you wanna throw out there? what kind of topics & issues you think NCP should handle?