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Jakarta Post

State fails our cyber right to safe public space

  • Miftah Fadhli
    Miftah Fadhli

    Human rights researcher at the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM)

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 26, 2019   /  11:07 am
State fails our cyber right to safe public space The internet enables individuals to enjoy the right to information and help victims give voice to truth. It reveals their pain, which the government is reluctant to disclose for public consumption and comprehension. (JP/Budhi Button)

From the Holocaust to Rwanda’s deadly Hutu-Tutsi conflict, and to today’s alleged social media-incited genocide in Myanmar, the state has claimed a primal role in technology abuse. The internet shutdown in Papua is probably the best contemporary example of this challenge to civil liberties, which global communities are striving to preserve in this digital age. The internet is less safe when entrusted to the government. The nearly three-week shutdown in the provinces of Papua and West Papua mirrored a similar measure applied to some parts of Jakarta on May 22-25, and reflects the government’s incompetence in comprehending the internet society we all live in today. As implemented in Sri Lanka and India, the “internet cut-off” policy applied to the Papuan network was apparently implemented to tackle fake news and disinformation; in fact, it showed the ...

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