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Jakarta Post

Creating legal safe harbor for netizens, platforms

  • Diani Citra


New York   /   Thu, October 17, 2019   /  10:32 am
Creating legal safe harbor for netizens, platforms Indonesia currently ranks third worldwide in terms of the number of Facebook and Twitter users. Successful moderation will require machine learning. The major social media platforms have this technology, but unfortunately, these algorithms were “raised” in English. None has developed true facility in Indonesian. (JP/Aman Rochman)

Internet access in Papua has been limited for a “temporary” period these past weeks since student demonstrations erupted in August, followed by riots in which dozens were reportedly killed. Massive demonstrations in Jakarta and other cities also led to rumors that access to Twitter was being limited, which authorities denied. Greater distrust in the government is looming.  Before that, we learned of the case of Baiq Nuril. Faced with persistent sexual harassment from her boss, the woman decided to record the lewd comments he made to her over the phone. When she shared this recording online with a colleague, her act of self-defense finally led to a sentence of six months in jail with a fine of Rp 500 million (US$35,755) for defamation under the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. This 2008 law is remarkable for its breadth, with its mandate to suppres...

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