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FOREIGN MINISTER OPENS REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL DIPLOMANCY

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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi opened the Regional Conference on Digital Diplomacy (RCDD) to be held in Jakarta on (10-11/9/2019).

“This conference is a new initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is a follow-up to the earlier discussion last year in June 2018,” Marsudi remarked in Jakarta on Tuesday (10/9/2019).

The RCDD is the first conference related to the field of digital diplomacy organized in the region. Representatives from 16 countries comprising 10 ASEAN member nations and six ASEAN’s dialogue partners, including Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand were attendees at the conference.

Minister Marsudi reiterated the significance of the implementation of RCDD that can be a forum for relevant stakeholders in the region to discuss opportunities and challenges in the path to conducting diplomacy in the digital era and ways to optimally utilize information and communication technology in diplomacy towards realizing progress and mutual prosperity.

The RCDD is also projected to encourage future cooperation in reducing the technological and digital divide in the region. This activity is also expected to offer an opportunity for all parties, including the private sector, to develop opportunities for cooperation in the field of digital technology.

The regional conference will agree on the document “The Jakarta Message on Regional Cooperation on Digital Diplomacy” that contains the recognition of the importance of digital diplomacy, joint commitment in building messages, and digital diplomacy cooperation between relevant stakeholders, including an appeal for building a community that is free from false information.

The results document will be supplemented by an action plan for ongoing cooperation between the government, private sector, and other stakeholders in building regional networks to step up the utilization of digital technology for diplomacy.

On the sidelines of the conference, a digital technology exhibition will be held on September 10-11, 2019. Indonesia’s unicorns, start-ups, and other potential partners will take part in the exhibition that is open to the public. (yna)

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CIVIL SANCTION NEEDED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS : MINISTER

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny Gerald Plate.

Greatindonesia.co.id, 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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MINISTRY TO SPEED UP DEVELOPMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G Plate.

Greatindonesia.co.id, 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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INTERNET ACCES IN PAPUA FULLY NORMALIZED : MINISTER RUDIANTARA

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Minister of Communications and Informatics, Rudiantara.

Greatindonesia.co.id, 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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