“JAKARTA–The government’s plan to block “offensive sites” on the Internet has come under fire from several Web sites, including two major news portals, which have suffered from access problems, presumably as a result of the plan.
News portal Detik.com’s advertisement section and Kompas.com were inaccessible on Wednesday morning, prompting Internet users and media experts to question a recent policy mandated by Communication and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring.
On Monday, Tifatul said that 80 percent of “offensive sites” on the Internet in Indonesia had been blocked.
Through social networking site Facebook, members of the public have formed a group rejecting the ban, calling it censorship by the government. Enda Nasution, a prominent blogger who is also a supporter of the Facebook group, said that such bans could be dangerous if allowed to continue. “Internet censorship could be used to silence political opposition,” Enda said. “This is useless.””
From Jakarta Globe
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“INDONESIA–Reporters Without Borders calls on communication and information minister Tifatul Sembiring to rescind his announced plans for Internet filtering. According to the minister, Indonesia’s more than 200 Internet service providers have agreed to begin blocking access to porn sites today, the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
There are many reasons for opposing this policy. No list of sites to be banned has been given to ISPs, which will have to decide for themselves which sites should be blocked. Filtering websites inevitably causes collateral damage by blocking other websites with no direct link to pornography. Once the mechanism has been put in place, the authorities will be tempted to extend the filtering to more controversial and ill-defined areas such as violation of moral standards.”
“RIM has built a $15-billion (U.S.) business by pitching the BlackBerry as the world’s most secure wireless communication device, but is now under mounting pressure to maintain that reputation in the face of demands by some governments for easier access to data. On Wednesday Indonesia joined a growing group of countries who want the device maker to give governments easier access to private messages.
Ronald Deibert, who runs a global Internet research lab at the University of Toronto, says a researcher based in the United Arab Emirates recently noticed Web searches made on BlackBerry devices are censored. He maintainted that it is likely one of many compromises RIM has made for operating in countries where regimes restrict or monitor the flow of information to monitor dissidents, opposition politicians and human rights advocates.”
From Globe Investor
“GILI MENO, INDONESIA — As one of the heads of the Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association, Valens Riyadi knows he has his work cut out for him.
Last month, the country’s information minister, Tifatul Sembiring, said that local service providers would have to start blocking online pornography by the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts Aug. 11. That deadline is fast approaching, and Mr. Riyadi says he still has no idea how he is going to put a filter in place.
From The New York Times