Jose Jesus “JJ” M. Disini, Jr. is the founder and Executive Director of the Digital Freedom Network. JJ is a leading information and technology law expert in the Philippines. His areas of expertise are in intellectual property, technology law, cybercrime and privacy.
He is the first lawyer member of the Philippine Internet Commerce Society (PICS) and was actively involved in the lobbying efforts for the passage of the eCommerce Act (ECA Republic Act No. 8792). He later drafted its Implementing Rules and Regulations in 2000, under the supervision and control of an inter-agency task force committee co-chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Budget and Management and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. A year later, he co-drafted the Rules on Electronic Evidence as part of the Supreme Court’s eCommerce Sub-committee.
JJ graduated with a Dean’s Medal at the UP College of Law, where he is now an Associate Professor. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Law School where he obtained his Degree in Masters of Law LLM. He has been continuously practicing law since 1994 and established the Disini & Disini Law Office in 2000, where he is currently the Managing Partner. JJ is also the Program Director of the Law, Technology and Policy Program of the University of the Philippines Law Center.
JJ is a frequent speaker in legal forums and news and current affairs programs on television, where he discusses issues involving e-commerce, cybercrime, data privacy, and intellectual property, among others. In partnership with a recognized provider of custom-made human resource management systems, he developed an electronic training and certification course on Data Privacy, and a Philippine Data privacy resource website, both of which are already accessible online.
Together with the Disini Data Privacy Core Team, he is currently working on the compliance requirements of the leading open university in the Philippines, a major food chain, a top provider of business process outsourcing solutions, and a principal provider of water and wastewater services in the Philippines, among others.
Oliver Xavier “Oliver” A. Reyes is the Policy Officer of the Digital Freedom Network. A member of the Philippine Bar since 2002, he had previously worked for the Supreme Court of the Philippines as a Judicial Staff Head. During his service with the judiciary, he was Secretary for the Sub-Committee on Rules for Special Commercial Courts, and participated in the drafting of the Manual of Judicial Writing. Oliver then worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative as Senior Program Manager working on a project for the automation of Philippine trial courts, and the Southeast Asia Internet Freedom Project, which built the capacity of lawyers in the region to litigate cases involving freedom of expression online and online privacy.
A co-founder of the internet rights advocacy group Democracy.Net.Ph. Oliver is also currently a Program Manager with the the Law, Technology and Policy Program of the University of the Philippines Law Center.
Oliver is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal. In 2016, he was selected as a Fellow representing the Philippines for the Hong Kong University Media Law & Policy Workshop. At present, he is a professorial lecturer at the De La Salle University College of Law, the Far Eastern University Institute of Law, and the Lyceum of the Philippines College of Law.
Ingrid Aira “Ayie” P. Nicanor is a Program Associate of the Digital Freedom Network. She aids in the coordination and marketing of the organization’s projects and events, such as the Data Privacy symposiums and seminars DFN holds in collaboration with the Disini & Disini Law Office.
Ayie graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. Her past work includes being an event coordinator for private and corporate functions, as well as being a marketing specialist for a BPO company.