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.
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“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
“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.”
“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
“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
“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
“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