Since its inception, the Internet has grown into a nebulous, digital social space where people from around the world can converse and share information. However, just like any other social space, certain codes of conduct need to be observed when surfing the Internet. Seeing as today, April 17, marks the observance of Global Information Ethics Day, here are some tips on what and how to observe proper internet etiquette:
Think Before You Post
The Internet gives users the ability to post anything they want, from funny pictures and videos, to opinions and critiques about any subject matter. That said, other users might not take too kindly to what’s on your mind, just like you might take offense to what others say. Given that the Internet gives you the freedom to express what you feel, you still need to be wary and cautious of what you’re posting, especially when you’re commenting in a public forum – just as you can comment on what others posted online, the same people (and even more, depending on the sensitivity of what you posted) can be critical of what you do or say on the Internet.
Protecting Your Digital Assets
Nowadays, information is considered to be a highly valuable asset; as people, companies, and agencies continue to do their transactions online, both parties run the risk of having pertinent information such as bank statements, and other sensitive personal data compromised. In order to stave off such instances from happening, it’s best to properly manage and protect your digital assets. For example, you have to take care of your accounts – this means not sharing your account information such as your usernames and passwords to anyone, especially those online. If you’re browsing the Internet, and you come across a page that’s urging you to give your account details, do not do it.
The Information and Communications Technology Office (ICT Office) understands that using the Internet entails the observance of proper ethical Internet practices. As such, programs like the eFilipino-Technology for Economic Development program and DigiBayanihan, a nationwide digital literacy movement, have been implemented to empower Filipinos by providing avenues to develop their knowledge about how to properly utilize the Internet.
Under the eFilipino program, the ICT Office strives to narrow the digital divide and improve the country’s socio-economic condition with the creation of Tech4Ed Innovation Hubs. These Innovation Hubs are used to enhance the public’s understanding of ICT and harnessing that technical knowledge to open opportunities to improve their livelihood. DigiBayanihan, a digital literacy movement that was started by a partnership of multiple private and public organizations including Intel, ICT Office, FIT-ED, and Children International-Philippines, plans to educate the public with the ethical use of ICT.
In this day and age, being digitally literate means both knowing how to use the Internet to better one’s self and, at the same time, knowing how to behave in the digital plane. Through programs and movements such as eFilipino and DigiBayanihan, Filipinos are more equipped to ride the current of technology and progress.