Posts tagged “Indonesia”

Websites on illegal downloads to be banned

Source: Elin Yunita Kristanti and Syahrul Ansyari, VivaNews

The government through Information and Communication Minister Tifatul Sembiring is planning to block music or movie websites offering free downloads which can be easily found in the internet.

“I’m expecting innovators and the industry to work hand in hand in an effort to produce phenomenal works. I think it’s a sin for the government to abandon creation of its people. I don’t wanna be a sinner. So, a strategy is needed,” said Tifatul today.

In addition to the possible ban, Tifatul explained, the perpetrators of illegal downloading could also face a penalty of 9-year imprisonment, or Rp3 billion of fine, according to Article 25 of Electronic Information and Transaction Law. Thus, the general public need to be more careful.

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BlackBerry filters out porn sites in response to government’s demand

Today Research in Motion (RIM) announced that the company will be blocking access to pornographic website on BlackBerry phones in Indonesia. The freedom of expression advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders has indicated its concern about the efficacy of filtering pornography online. In urging transparency to the Indonesian public, Reporters Without Borders invites Internet users to participate in the Citizen Lab’s Project RIM Check. The Citizen Lab project collects country-based information on how traffic exits the BlackBerry network.

From Reporters Without Borders

Indonesia wants slice of BlackBerry pie

“A firebrand Indonesian government minister who has called on Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM-T64.451.161.83%) to block porn access on its BlackBerry smart phones said the country also wanted a slice of the firm’s growing revenue.

Communications and Information Minister Tiffatul Sembiring, in a series of comments made mostly on Twitter, said Indonesia’s 3 million BlackBerry users led to revenue for the Canadian firm of 2.27 trillion rupiah ($251-million U.S.) a year but nothing for the state.

“Is it arrogant to remind foreigners to respect the law and regulations in Indonesia?” Mr. Sembiring, known for controversial statements, tweeted to his 168,000 followers. “Is it wrong to ask for a share for Indonesia, for hiring local people, using local content?” he asked, after mocking responses to his views.”

From The Globe and Mail

BlackBerry to Be Censored in Indonesia

“JAKARTA, Indonesia—Research In Motion Ltd. said it will implement Internet filtering in Indonesia “as soon as possible,” after a minister threatened to shut down Internet browsing on BlackBerry smartphones if the company didn’t block websites that have pornography.

It will be the first time the company will apply Internet filtering in any country, according to a RIM executive in Indonesia. RIM and the government will meet Jan. 17 to discuss the matter, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Information Ministry said.

Analysts estimated that BlackBerry has around two million users in Indonesia.”

From The Wall Street Journal

RIM vows to comply with Indonesian rules of the game: CEO

“The Indonesian government has requested Canada-based telecommunication giant Research In Motion Ltd (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, to provide access into the company’s network and database in order for the local law enforcement agencies to intercept and scrutinize communications of suspected criminals and terrorists. Amid the mounting pressure, RIM’s co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie talked recently to The Jakarta Post’s Rendi A. Witular over the government’s request, and the company’s flourishing business in Indonesia.”

From Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Police move to block site supporting Ba’asyir

“The National Police asked the Communications and Information Technology Ministry to block a website that calls for the release of suspected terrorist mastermind Abu Bakar Ba’asyir.

According to National Police chief detective Comr. Gen. Ito Sumardi, his office sent an official letter requesting the information ministry block the website.

“We sent the request because the website is provocative in nature,” he said, adding that the decision to block the site rests with the ministry.

The legal basis for blocking websites, he added, was in the 2008 Information and Electronic Transaction Law, which prohibited websites from posting messages containing racially vilifying, violent or pornographic material.”

From The Jakarta Post