In looking at cybersex, we take stock of the Philippine ICT framework’s aim of building “a people-centered, inclusive, development-oriented Information Society” through the state promotion of Filipinos as “world-class” workers and citizens.We also look at how the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 complements this state policy aspiration.Addressing this challenge, we propose, begins with a reconsideration of cybersex as a form of ICT-facilitated affective labour and learning from the multifaceted narratives that constitute informal uses of ICTs.This chapter critically examines the underside of the Philippine Information Society—the cybersex phenomenon.Cybersex is not the solution to achieving a decent quality of life, but the existence and persistence of this phenomenon signifies that the State’s vision of ICT for development is not living up to its promise of socioeconomic upliftment.Through the institutionalized uses of technology, a culture of creative ICT use is constrained rather than promoted.
We use the perspective of affective labour to argue that because ICT-led development failed for these sectors, the response is an illegal service industry that also makes use of, if not feeds off, the same technological infrastructure largely supported by foreign capital.
It puts to question the goal of inclusive development in Philippine ICT policymaking and legislation, hinting at the risks and repercussions of creating an “Information Society” under the neoliberal market economy.
This chapter looks at the cybersex phenomenon in the Philippines amidst government efforts to promote “ICT for development” (ICTD).
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.
Cybersex is not the solution to achieving a decent quality of life, but the existence, persistence, up to the embodiment of the workers of this phenomenon signifies that the State’s vision of ICT for development is not living up to its promise of socioeconomic upliftment; and through the institutionalized uses of technology, a culture of creative ICT use is constrained rather than promoted.