From the islands of Indonesia, the IP Komodo prowls South East Asia and beyond looking for succulent morsels of intellectual property news with the aim of to raising awareness of South East Asia's IP issues to help people understand this diverse region's IP complexities.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Online protection in Indonesia
News about Indonesia’s cyberblocking system may interest IP holders.
The government launched a web crawling system developed by telecoms
company Telkom (which is part state owned and part public) to identify illegal digital content. It started operations in January, with 44
servers crawling the web for undesirable content on the web and other internet platforms. Alerts are created
and inappropriate material is blocked. So far the main focus has been pornography.
The Ministry of Communication and Information oversees the project and they
blocked 72,407 pornographic sites in January. Other areas they look at are illegal gambling and
incitement to crimes (especially terrorism related).
The same ministry is also able toremove content based on complaints from the public
(e.g. social media problems), or rights holders for infringing products.
Fake news and online hoaxing is also a problem. This week
the Police Directorate of Cyber Crimes arrested a teacher for using Facebook to
spread fake news story that the Indonesian Communist Party (a banned old bogeyman
of Indonesia’s political past) was coming to slaughter Muslims.
There may be ongoing concerns about censorship and too much control
by the government, but rights holders willbe encouraged that the country’s online activities are improving and in
some ways better than offline enforcement.