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Time for the state to protect citizens’ digital rights

  • Anton Muhajir

    Denpasar, Bali

Denpasar, Bali   /   Thu, December 10 2020   /  08:27 am
Rallying cry: Members of the Corruption Eradication People’s Committee rally outside the State Palace on Jan. 8, 2019, to demand that the government abolish articles in the Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE) Law they deem to be a threat to freedom of expression. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

International Human Rights Day, which we observe today, should be the right time to remind the country about the importance of protecting digital rights. If the digital repression of the public that has occurred systematically and massively goes unabated, the dream of capitalizing on information technology and communication (ICT) to spur democratization will remain an illusion.
The latest report from Citizen Lab, a research institute in the digital security field based in Toronto, Canada, reveals how digital technology is increasingly used as a tool of repression in several countries, including Indonesia. In the report, published early this month, Citizen Lab investigated the use of the Circles program to spy and intercept SMS and telephone communication.
Circles technology is mainly used by the buyer's country's intelligence agency. Indonesia is one of the program ...