Globe, American Bar Association push on responsible internet use through Digital Thumbprint Program

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Globe has collaborated with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and its ACCESS Project to train representatives from civil society, the academe, as well as members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on delivering the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) to promote responsible internet use.

The Digital Thumbprint Program is a series of capacity-building workshops organized by Globe to educate the youth and other stakeholders about digital citizenship and the responsible use of technology.  The DTP has been made more relevant by the current pandemic, where all sectors are now heavily using online platforms in their day to day operations. 

The American Bar Association co-hosted Globe’s DTP session last February, which trained close to a hundred participants to become DTP Ambassadors who will in turn educate the public on proper online behavior with the aim to 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 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 such as the Digital Thumbprint Program are implemented in support of the 10 UNGC principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

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