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OVO IS INDONESIA’S FIFTH BILLION DOLLAR FIRM : COMMUNICATION MINISTER

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Rudiantara.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara has noted that OVO, a digital wallet provider start-up, has become Indonesia’s fifth unicorn company, valued at more than USD one billion.

“I have talked with its founder, and it is, indeed at over one billion. I dare to speak up about this after receiving direct confirmation,” Rudiantara said in Jakarta on Saturday (5/10/2019).

According to data provided by a company analysis firm, CB Insights, valuation of OVO reached USD 2.9 billion, as of March 14, 2019.

“We are very grateful about this, since we have targeted five unicorns as of the end of 2019. Yet, before that target was reached there was already a new one. We welcome OVO as a new Indonesian unicorn, established in Indonesia,” Rudiantara added.

Earlier, it was announced that Indonesia has three start-up companies that reached unicorn status, including Traveloka, Bukalapak, and Tokopedia.

“I pinned high hopes that the target will be exceeded, since there are more unicorn-potential start-up companies for this year,” Rudiantara added.

He hinted that these companies are coming from the education sector, noting, “Logically, 20 percent of the national budget is aimed for educational purposes, while five percent is for health. How could it be possible, if there are no unicorns from these sectors?”. (amd)

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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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