Globe, American Bar Association promote responsible internet use

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Local telco player Globe announced that it partnered with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and its ACCESS (Access to Justice and Support for the Rule of Law in the Philippines) Project regarding responsible internet use.

The partnership’s objective is to train representatives from various sectors such as civil society, the academe, including members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to promote responsible internet use via Globe’s Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP).

DTP was created by Globe to educate the youth and other stakeholders about digital citizenship and the responsible use of technology through capacity-building workshops. 

With this lingering pandemic, the DTP was made even more relevant since professionals, companies, and the academe, have all turned to the internet, using various online platforms in the conduct of their day-to-day activities. 

The American Bar Association co-hosted Globe’s DTP session last month. During the session, nearly a hundred participants underwent training to become DTP Ambassadors. These ambassadors will then educate the public on proper online behavior to help create a more open, inclusive and safe online environment.

This collaboration was made possible through ABA ROLI’s Access to Justice and Support for the Rule of Law in the Philippines (ACCESS) project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  In partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), ABA ROLI is currently identifying new areas for collaboration in ensuring vulnerable Filipinos will have access to legal information and services.

“We are happy to see various sectors embracing the advocacy of digital citizenship especially at these times when the use of the internet has become all the more prevalent in our everyday lives. This helps ensure that with the rise of digital transformation, Filipinos are equipped with the soft skills needed to keep themselves protected while online,” said Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Chief Sustainability Officer Yoly Crisanto.

ABA ROLI Senior Program Manager Liezl Parajas also noted the importance and timeliness of the collaboration between the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and Globe especially because of the forced migration to online platforms. 

“Participation in the DTP by legal professionals from the government, private sector, and civil society, boosted their fundamental skills and broadened their awareness of how to operate more effectively and securely in our increasingly digital world. More importantly, Globe’s DTP training emphasizes online responsibility with these common-sense principles: think before you click, verify before you believe, and pause before you post”, added Parajas.

Globe’s capacity-building initiatives like the Digital Thumbprint Program are implemented in support of the 10 United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

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