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Groups urge govt to uphold human rights in regulating Internet

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 2 2013   /  09:47 am

A coalition of Indonesian civil society groups wants the government to focus on human rights at an international conference on Internet governance in Bali Island in October.

Indonesia has been slated to host the 8th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from Oct. 21 to 25.

The IGF is a series of policy dialogues on Internet governance, bringing together stakeholders, governments, the private sector and NGOs.

A representative of the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (Elsam), which is a member group of the Indonesian CSO Network for Internet Governance (ID-Config), raised concerns on an increasing number of incidents of illegal filtering and content blocking on the Internet that have hampered the freedom of expression in Indonesia.

Elsam executive director Indriaswati D. Saptaningrum said that the public must ensure that the IGF considered human rights whe...