Pinoy tech lawyer Claro Parlade passes away

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Claro “Lalen” Parlade, one of the few lawyers in the country who specialize in ICT laws, has died due to lymphoma or cancer of the lymph nodes. He was 50.

Atty. Claro Parlade as seen in his Google account
Atty. Claro Parlade as seen in his Google account

Parlade, a member of the UP College of Law Class 1989, was most recently based in Singapore as senior privacy counsel for Asia-Pacific at Internet giant Google.

His wake is being held at the Santuario de San Antonio Parish, McKinley Road in Makati City. On Thursday at 3 in the afternoon, his remains will be transferred to the Arlington Chapel in Heritage Park, Taguig City. Internment is scheduled on Saturday, June 27, at the Himlayang Pilipino in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

Parlade, who came from a family of lawyers, took his Masters of Law at York University, specializing in alternative dispute resolution, from 2005 to 2007.

But he got his start in tech law when became a Hubert Humphrey Fellow for IT Law and Policy from 1999 to 2000.

Aside from Google, Parlade also served as director for software policy for Asia-Pacific at Business Software Alliance

He was also the executive director for Cyberspace Policy Center for Asia-Pacific and former chairman for legal and regulatory committee of the IT and E-Commerce Council of the Philippines.

He was also active in local IT organizations as he served as vice-president of the IT Association of the Philippines and vice-president of the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team.

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