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Indonesia Netizen Facts (April - June 2016)


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Indonesia Netizen Facts (April - June 2016)

  1. 1. Taxi Drivers Went on Demonstration, Netizens Signed a Petition, Gov Offers Solution On 14 March 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation sent a letter to the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (MCIT), calling the latter to block Uber and Grab Car applications for both transport services are not an Indonesian permanent establishment, have no operation license, and because they use private vehicle as a public transport. The letter was submitted on the same day when thousands of taxi drivers held demonstration in Jakarta. On 22 March 2016, the second round of demonstration was held at the downtown of Jakarta. Indonesian netizens responded to it by ling an online petition at which essentially called the employers, owners and drivers of conventional taxi to adapt with the newest technology and try to understand consumer's behavior in digital era. The petition has been signed by more than 15 thousand people in 24 hours after uploaded. The CIT Minister took the attitude to not block the application services and immediately held a coordination meeting with the Minister of Transportation and Minister of Cooperatives and Small Medium Business. The government then suggested a solution: - The drivers or owners of vehicles that are used for online application-based public transport must join a cooperative, through which they can apply for vehicle technical and road eligibility test to ensure passengers' safety, which tests are actually mandated in the Transportation Law. - Online application service providers must have a Permanent Establishment in Indonesia. This requirement aims to ensure protection for consumers as well as to ease the government with regard to taxation matters. GRAB CAR has opted to cooperate with taxi companies and car rental companies. UBER, on the other hand, chose to partner with car rental companies. factsN E T I Z E N INDONESIA ICT Watch Joining Twitter Trust and Safety Council ICT Watch Indonesia Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam 6H No. 16A Jakarta Selatan +6221-98495770 | Netizen Indonesia Facts published by: Sharia Internet Workshop in Banda Aceh ICT Watch provided support to the Aceh Information and Communication Technology Volunteers to hold a workshop for internet activists in Aceh, 2-4 February 2016. The workshop was attended by a number of government, private sector, and community representatives. Some of the source persons were Valens Riyadi (security practitioner) and Shita Laksmi (HIVOS). One of the highlighted discussions was the one about the importance of synergic and inclusive cooperation between multi- stakeholders in Aceh internet governance. Cyber Law Center (CLC) of the Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University, collaborated with the Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto and ICT Watch on 15 February 2016 to hold a discussion on Online Privacy Protection in Bandung. Other than discussing about the practice and policy development related to the online privacy in Indonesia, participants also discussed about online privacy protections in different countries such as Malaysia and South Korea. Up to date, Indonesia doesn't have any law which comprehensively protects personal data. The discussion was attended by LBH Pers (Press Legal Aid), SAFEnet, Indonesia AIDS Coalition, Common Room, ELSAM, and FemHack. On 9 February 2016, Twitter announced the Trust & Safety Council's establishment, which serves as an inseparable part of their global strategy to ensure that users feel safe to express and communicate on the 140 characters platform. ICT Watch and The Wahid Institute were present during the event representing Indonesia in the Twitter Trust and Safety Council. (Info: Photo:DarrenWhiteside/Reuters/Detikcom Discussion on Online Privacy in Indonesia “UBER and GRAB CAR Polemics” Volume5,April-June2016 On Tuesday evening, February 23rd 2016, a digital policy brieng through live streaming with Rio de Janeiro and Geneva was held at the Ministry of Communication and Informatics Ofce, Jakarta. The brieng was facilitated by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP)/DiploFoundation in Geneva. Around 70 participants from multistakeholder elements in Jakarta attended the event, who discussed, among others, the updates on internet governance in Indonesia, which was presented by the Indonesian Minister of Communication and Informatics, Mr. Rudiantara. A number of Indonesian diplomats in Geneva participated in the brieng at GIP Ofce. The brieng is held every Tuesday of the last week of each month and open for public. It was also agreed that different parties will take turn to be the host for GIP hub in Jakarta After the CI Ministry as the rst host, the next one in March will be the Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association (APJJ), while HIVOS will serve the position in April. Indonesian Multistakeholder Monthly Brieng on Digital Policy”
  2. 2. After a long advocacy process of more than 6 (six) years by a number of civil s o c i e t y e l e m e n t s i n Indonesia, on 14 March 2016, the parliament and government eventually agreed to revise the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction (EIT Law). The agreement was afrmed in a work meeting between C o m m i s s i o n I o f t h e Parliament with the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (MCIT) at the Parliament Building, Jakarta. The Government proposed for a reduction of the m a x i m u m c r i m i n a l punishment in Article 27 (3) of the EIT Law on defamation on internet from 6 (six) years to 4 (four) years. The article will also be emphasized as a complaint offence and shall refer to the Penal Code which governs about the principles o f d e f a m a t i o n f o r i t s interpretation in order to p r e v e n t a n y m u l t i - interpretation. Thus, online expression will not become a pretext for law enforcement to arrest the persons responsible, even when it is based on a complaint led by a party to the law enforcement. Data from SAFEnet shows that since being put into effect in 2008, the article has been numerously used to suppress freedom of expression of the internet users. Previously in Public Hearing on 3 February 2016, ICT Watch together with other civil society elements such as Yayasan Satu Dunia and Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) submitted a set of recommendations to C o m m i s s i o n I o f t h e Parliament with regard to how the EIT Law should be revised. The recommendations include a statement about the importance of reviewing an offence or a criminal rules in the EIT Law, as well as the need to incorporate it into the Penal Code. Rather than just reducing the criminal punishment in Article 27 paragraph (3), it will be more appropriate if the article and other criminal articles in the EIT Law are completely removed and merged into the Penal Code. Finally, Article on Online Defamation is to be Revised! (after 6 years of advocacy) Rather than just reducing the criminal punishment in Article 27 paragraph (3), it will be more appropriate if the article and other criminal articles in the EIT Law are completely removed and merged into the Penal Code. one of the early campaign visual material revisions EIT Law conducted netizens Indonesia The Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), which main duty is to record and advocate criminalization cases relating to freedom of internet expression in Indonesia in particular, held a workshop entitled “Empowering Freedom of Expression Defenders” on 17-19 March 2016 in Jakarta. During the second annual workshop, the material given to the 20 Indonesian volunteers are: 1. Human Rights and Freedom of Expression on the Internet 2. Women and Privacy Protection on the Internet 3. Online Defamation Cases Handling 4. Case Investigation Training 5. Indonesia's Internet Policy 6. Theory of Change With the increasing volunteers' capacity and capability, it is expected that SAFEnet will be able to carry out its duties more solidly both in Indonesia as well as in other countries across Southeast Asia: 1. As the online broadcast and mapping media on freedom of expression; 2. As a hub in the mobilization of network and freedom of expression movement; 3. As the provider of support and solidarity to the victims of freedom of expression violation. Amid the overly free atmosphere on the cyber world and the netizens' tendency to throw insults, spread hoaxes, and slanders, children need certain protection from things that might negatively affect their mental and psychological development. It is at this point that digital literacy becomes even more crucial to be taught by parents and teachers to the children. The issue of children and social media was discussed in a health journalists forum recently. The forum, named Ngobras (Ngobrol Bareng Sahabat/a Chat with Friends) was held at the Nutrifood Inspiring Center, Jakarta, on 11 March 2016. One of the source persons, Widuri from ICT Watch, said that the internet is just like a market or a mall where children can get lost. Every sensible person will be really careful in taking their children to both places. Internet is no different. Parents must not let their children to interact and express themselves to freely on the internet, as they still need parental guidance and oversight in many respects. “Despite the parental control application that is commonly available nowadays, which helps to prevent what children can see on the internet, communication between children and parents is indispensable. Don't just rely on the application. Instead, every parent must develop a more open communication with their children, including when it comes to the cyber world ethics,” she added. SAFEnet Strengthens the Capacity of Indonesian Freedom of Expression Defenders Like Going to the Marketplace: Children Need Parental Guidance in Surng the Internet