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Onno W. Purbo: Opening windows for knowledge

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Mon, August 30 2010   /  10:23 am

JP/Prodita SabariniThe Indonesian Internet society dubs him the “web evangelist” for his struggle to protect affordable Internet access in Indonesia.

The moniker suits Onno W. Purbo, 48, an IT writer and activist for Internet access, who says both his work and philosophy make him a champion for access to information. The former civil servant who once worked as a lecturer at the prestigious Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) was recently awarded the Tasrif Award by the Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI) at the alliance’s 16th anniversary. The AJI honored his work in setting up RTRW-net, a community-based internet infrastructure making affordable Internet access possible for people in rural areas. The award was the latest in a string of commendations recognizing Onno’s work on the Internet. Among them, he received the ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award fr...