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Jakarta Post

The Internet and regime security

  • Bambang Hartadi Nugroho

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 29 2011   /  08:00 am

Controversy over the Internet has remained rife decades after it became public. During the 1990s, we witnessed the spread of the technology to almost every part of the world, giving the people access to a nearly unlimited flow of information and new ways to communicate with each other.

On the other hand, such freedom has often been met with the never ending effort of authorities to limit or put boundaries on their own people. Responses taken by governments vary from implementing certain regulations on the use of the Internet to restricting certain content deemed threatening or sensitive. Others have gone even further by applying a total shut down, preventing the public from accessing it.

The latest discourse raised by the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) on the need to monitor social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook is evidence of the endless conflict between...