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(pronounced "safety dot net")

SAFETY.NET is a two-day camp designed primarily for digital rights advocates, journalists, and other civil society members. It intends to equip participants with foundational knowledge of the two inter-related fields of data privacy and digital security, by offering a conducive discussion space for pressing (and emerging) data privacy and digital security issues, as well as the essential tools and best practices necessary to handle those issues. This year, it will be held on 13-14 March 2024.​


Upon completing the course, participants should be able to: 

  • carry out their respective work while effectively minimizing all attendant privacy and digital security risks

  • relay the lessons they will have acquired from the camp to their peers and other stakeholders


​This activity is organized under the Initiative for Media Freedom (IMF), a five-year program implemented by Internews and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the support of the American


About the Course

While the short course is intended to be free-flowing by design, it will generally follow the following curriculum:


  • Fundamental concepts and principles in data privacy and digital security

  • Pressing and emerging issues

  • Essential tools and best practices: data privacy

  • Essential tools and best practices: digital security


A certificate of completion will be given to those who complete the entire camp.

Working Program

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About the Organizers

It is a non-government organization that seeks to empower civil society and social movements in this information age by  advocating for the democratic governance of ICTs and human rights in digital environments.

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Internews is a nonprofit that supports independent media in 100 countries. It trains journalists and digital rights activists, tackles disinformation, and offers business expertise to help media outlets thrive financially.

Also extending assistance and working towards the successful holding of this event are the following organizations:

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It is a research and advisory firm advocating for that crucial synergy between law, ICT, and human rights. Its current focus area is privacy and data protection.

A constituent unit of the Ateneo de Manila University, it is responsible for ensuring the compliance by the institution—including its various offices and personnel—with all applicable privacy and data protection laws and policies.

About the Team

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Miguel de Guzman

Miguel is a development communication practitioner whose work focuses on promoting human rights and peace, empowering conflicted communities, and uplifting the dignity of human life. He currently works as a Project Coordinator from the FMA and is doing his Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

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Chen Argote

Chen is a Research and Administrative Assistant of the Ateneo de Manila University's Data Protection Office. She passed the NPC's DPO ACE Program (Level 1). She is also a Resident Adviser of the University Residence Halls Formation. She completed her undergraduate studies as a CHED full-merit scholar at the National College of Business and Arts with a degree in Business Administration (Major: Marketing Management).

Venue and Travel Assistance

Venue and Accommodation

  1. Unless you indicate otherwise (e.g., you prefer to go home, in the case of Metro Manila residents, or stay with friends/relatives, in the case of non-residents), we will book you a room (including breakfast) at Citadines Roces Quezon City, which is also the venue for the training.

  2. Check-in at the Citadines starts at 2PM on Mar 12, 2024. Check-out is at 12 noon, Mar 15, 2024. Kindly bring a valid ID for check-in.

    Hotel address:
    Citadines, 100 Don A. Roces Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila.


  3. In lieu of dinners, FMA will provide a modest meal allowance that will be given in cash during the event. Numerous food joints are within walking distance of the venue (i.e., Roces Ave., Tomas Morato Ave.).



  1. FMA will reimburse all costs of ground travel. Please keep all receipts and submit it to our Secretariat when you arrive at the training. Again: no receipt, no reimbursement (except for special cases such as travel via tricycle or jeepney).

  2. You may ride any public transportation or book a Grab from your drop off point in Metro Manila to the hotel.

  3. For non-residents or those coming from outside of Metro Manila:



  1. All land travels shall be arranged and booked by the participant, and will be reimbursed by FMA during the event.

  2. (For air travel only) Kindly send us three (3) quotations and your preferred itinerary via email. Please wait for our confirmation before booking.

  3. (For air travel only) Look for an ECONOMY flight. Business class or any other ticket types, as well as any other purchases made during or relating to the flight, will not be refunded.

  4. (For all forms of travel) Please prepare all official receipts and/or tickets for reimbursement. Send us a scanned copy via email and submit the original copy during the event. No official receipt, no reimbursement.


  1. ​Please send us the following additional information:

    - Airport or bus terminal of departure - please provide the complete name

    - Airport or bus terminal of arrival (return trip)

    - Preferred date/s and time/s of travel

    - Your complete residential address, including zip code

    - Date of birth (e.g., April 1, 1976)

    - Title (i.e., Ms./Mrs./Mr.) - for those who will travel via plane.

  2. We may send you an SMS and/or call you for urgent concerns regarding the booking of transportation.

  3. If no other issues arise, we will send you your booking confirmation and details via email.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

For urgent questions or concerns,

you may contact Jess Pacis at or 0936 933 6130.

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