Governance of Digital Data and Communications discussed

November 19th, 2020

The governance of digital data and communications was discussed at a lively Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce (JFC) virtual webinar organized for the JFC by Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) on November 11. Discussion focused on the need to accommodate the public interests for protection against misleading information, freedom of information, and confidentiality/privacy of information. 

In opening the webinar Mr. Julian Payne, President of CanCham said: “The question of governance of digital data and communications is increasingly one of the most urgent public policy issues of our times given the accelerating technological advancements and exponential increase in the use of digital data and communications.”

The discussion was introduced by Mr. Monchito Ibrahim, President, University of the Philippines System Information Technology Foundation and former Undersecretary, DICT who was the Moderator for presentations and open forum. In introducing the discussion he stressed that: “The reality of this new digital age is that government has to keep pace with technology in order to play the role that it must with any industry: to ensure that the playing field is level and open to all, to set and enforce the rules of the road, protect the public from any negative effects of these advances while at the same time, help create an environment to push innovations to happen that will help make PH more competitive and healthy.”

Presentations were given by Mr. Raymund Liboro, Commissioner of National Privacy Commission, Atty. Ruth B Castelo, Undersecretary & Head of Consumer Protection Group at Department of Trade and Industry, Mr. Mark Anthony Perez, Head – Department of Supervisory Analytics at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Ms. Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos, Lead Convener from Better Broadband Alliance.

Panelists Atty. Federico Tancongco, Senior Vice President / Chief Compliance Officer, Head – Corporate Compliance, Legal Services & Internal Audit Group – Compliance/Anti-Money Laundering Unit at BDO Unibank Inc. and Ms. Janette Toral, E-Commerce Advocate from commented on the presentations.

The discussion highlighted the very different challenges faced in establishing appropriate governance of digital communications for banking,  for online marketing and purchasing, and for social media as well its infrastructure to transmit digital information.  

Sponsorship support was provided by Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., Eastern Telecommunications Philippines, Inc., TechRep, Inc., Union Bank of the Philippines, Veratech Inc. (Authorized dealer of Dahua Technology Products, Legrand UPS and Sophos Cybersecurity Solutions) and Wealth Development Bank Corp. The Media Partner for the webinar were and POP!

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