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The absence of studies in the cybersex phenomenon is glaring, much less in the backdrop of ICTD, and this chapter’s work in the Philippine context makes a modest contribution in filling this research gap.
Cybersex is a potent example of how the marginalized learn to transform conditions of exclusion and illegality into creative, practical, and thus, productive strategies of survival.
In labelling cybersex as a crime, we, the authors, believe that the existing ICT framework and the Cybercrime Law address only the symptoms and not the causes of this phenomenon.
In looking at cybersex, we unpack the Philippine ICT framework’s aim towards “a people-centered, inclusive, development-oriented Information Society” (PDS ) and how the Cybercrime Law serves this aim.
This chapter begins with a sketch of the Philippine ICT framework motivated by the State’s vision of an ICT-led development, particularly through the Philippine branding of “world-class” cyberservice provision.
We then zoom in on the underside of the Philippine Information Society, to begin problematizing the cybersex phenomenon in the context of a digital sexual economy.