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Voters must be able to access accurate information about the candidates as well as the election processes., Jakarta – A number of social media platforms are invited to participate in combating black campaigns during the 2018 Gubernatorial Election process, as well as the 2019 General Election.

“The General Election Commission, Election Supervisory Board, and the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, along with several social media platforms, will sign a partnership next month to ensure an aesthetically pleasing and exciting election, which can kindle the creativity of many people,” Chairman of the General Election Commission, Arief Budiman, stated in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“Involvement of social media platforms can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy competition”

He further noted that the cooperation is being carried out to ensure that the rights of voters are protected, especially to obtain the correct information.

Voters must be able to access accurate information about the candidates as well as the election processes, he added.

Through the cooperation, the circulation of information related to the election processes will be supported by various information facilities.

“Therefore, it would reach the public faster, while its accountability is ensured,” he remarked.

On a different occasion, Legal Researcher for Election and Democracy, Fadli Ramadhanil, revealed that social media platforms should be invited for specific discussions to address black campaigns in social media.

He believed that the involvement of social media platforms can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy competition.

“In addition to the Board, Police Force, and the ministry, various social media platforms should be involved in order to maintain a healthy competition,” he said. (dda)

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny Gerald Plate., Jakarta – There needs to be a civil sanction for social media platforms carrying negative content, Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny Gerald Plate believes.

“A civil sanction is needed as we cannot stop at apologies or blockings. There needs to be punishment and financial obligations,” Plate said after a meeting with the House of Representative’s Commission I in Jakarta, Tuesday (5/11/2019).

The ministry sees negative content such as pornography, to not only touch on criminal codes that are applied in Indonesia but also have to do with ethics, morality and culture.

The government is currently formulating a revised regulation taken from the Government Law Number 71 of 2019 on Electronic Systems and Transactions Provision, often referred to as PP PTSE or PP71, to impose fines on platforms that disseminate negative content.

The fine ranges from Rp100 million to Rp500 million, or around $US7,000 to $35,000.

PP 71, a revised version of the PP 82 in 2012, calls for social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to be more active in addressing illegal content, as they possess the technology to prevent negative content from spreading across the platforms.

The government will not hesitate to impose fines as per the previously mentioned amount, based on the amount of content, should negative materials be found across the platforms.

The ministry expected the revised law on fines to be effective a year after the PP 71 is passed. (nat)

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G Plate., Jakarta – Indonesia’s Communication and Informatics Ministry would speed up the development of the information technology industry in the country.

Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G Plate, said at the Presidential Palace here on Thursday (25/10/2019) that he has in place some measures to speed up the development of information technology.

“There are some moves that need to be accelerated to proceed with the deregulation in the ministry,” Plate said.

He added that the ministry would also focus on other issues including data sovereignty, cyber security and cyber crime.

The first plenary meeting of the Indonesia Moving Forward cabinet on Thursday did not specifically mention the ministry in the discussion, according to the minister.

“The Communication and Informatics Ministry was not specifically discussed during the meeting. But there are some moves that need to be accelerated, to proceed with deregulation in the ministry,” he said.

During the plenary meeting, President Joko Widodo directed cabinet members to ensure the smooth implementation of his five priority programs. He also focused on measures to create jobs.

“That should become the main focus, the goal of all the government’s measures is to create jobs,” Plate said. (ran)

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Minister of Communications and Informatics, Rudiantara., Jakarta – Communications and Informatics Minister Rudiantara confirmed the complete normalization of internet access in Papua Province.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry had earlier restricted internet access in the provinces of Papua and West Papua from August-end to September to thwart the enormous spread of fake news and inflammatory content.

“It has been a long time (normal). I even forgot (when it was revoked). The data has been activated; everything is activated. Indeed, when riot occurs in Wamena, internet access was temporarily deactivated in Wamena, but thereafter, there was no more (blocking),” Rudiantara stated at the Vice President’s Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (9/10/2019).

Speaking in connection with the distribution of hoax, Rudiantara admitted to not being aware of the exact data, though confirming that the figure had declined significantly.

Before Wamena, the Communication and Informatics Ministry also cut internet access in several areas in Papua and West Papua in August-end owing to demonstrations that had snowballed into riots.

“We see from the virtual world, how many URLs (uniform resource locators) expand hoaxes today. If the recycled hoaxes are still there, I have to check,” he explained.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry believes internet restrictions are a solution to curbing the proliferation of hoaxes and hate expressions.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry pointed out that the circulation of hoaxes in Papua had peaked on August 31, 2019, with such URLs reaching 42 thousand.

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics claimed that the number of such URLs had dropped to some one thousand on September 12, 2019, after internet access was blocked. (fsn)

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