INDONESIA - A number of civil groups in Bali hosted a discussion on issues related to the use of the Internet, which covered topics such as freedom of expression and information, in Denpasar on Friday morning.
The discussion was a supporting event for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will take place in Nusa Dua between Oct. 22 and Oct. 23, the event aimed to disseminate information on the Internet and its relevant regulations to a wider audience.
Shita Laksmi, IGF Indonesia deputy chair and programme officer at Hivos Southeast Asia, told participants that the general public underestimated the power of the Internet.
“People think the management of content available on the Internet is not their problem. Authorities [in this case the government] must carry out this role,” Laksmi said
Thus, the government was now preparing a regulation that would focus on filtering content.
Laksmi added that “the regulation would impact on the life of many people.
“Sometimes, regulations are not in line or relevant to the needs of the public.”
ICT Watch activist Donny Budhi Utoyo said cyber pornography was a hot issue in the virtual world. “The government’s efforts to curb pornography online has been a hot topic among Internet users,” Utoyo said.