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Whose Concern is Porn in UK & Indonesia?

Two similar cases. One is in the UK and the other one is in Indonesia. While the British government is proposing to ban porn websites to protect children from morals degradation, the Indonesian government is doing the same which is said to secure national income from telecommunication sector. Yet these two cases have risen contradicting reactions from the corresponding public and investors. The government vs. ISPs in the UK with no major opposition from the public. And… tadaaa… the government—with supports from ISPs—vs. public (Black Berry users) in Indonesia. Yes, Black Berry does exist in this country. And its users are still in euphoria. Remember, UK is in the West part of the globe and Indonesia is in the Far East. What can we see from these cases?

1.       Who has the interests in porn websites.

2.       How big the public trust to the government is.

3.       How either society interprets the freedom of information.

In Indonesia, for most issues involving foreign interests, public normally goes for the national interests. They tend to blame their government of being too weak in protecting the national interests. It seems the other way around this time. They don’t believe in the economic motive used by the government. They would even be more reluctant if the government used morale justification.

The BBC One’s Panorama has made a documentary on the impact of porn to teenagers and children. Watch Panorama: Too Much Too Young!

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Operators demand RIM filter porn

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 01/11/2011 10:24 AM | National

Telecommunication companies have urged the government to force RIM (Research In Motion), the manufacturers of BlackBerry smartphones, to filter pornographic content, the Information and Communication Ministry says.

The companies that sent the request letter were PT Telkomsel, PT Indosat, PT XL Axiata, PT Natrindo Telepon Seluler, PT Smart Telecom, and PT Hutchinson CP Telecommunication, Communication and Information Ministry spokesman Gatot S. Broto said in a press release received Monday.

“The telecommunication companies sent the letter on Dec 1, 2010 to the Post and the Telecommunication director general, asking for help from the ministry. They demanded RIM filter all negative content that could be accessed with BlackBerry without reducing the service quality,” Gatot said.

The demand echoed a previous request sent by the ministry on July 21, 2010, along with Indonesian Internet Service Providers to all parties, Gatot said as reported by kompas.com.

Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring has said RIM had until January 21, 2011 to block pornographic content.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/01/11/operators-demand-rim-filter-porn.html

BlackBerry maker says it is committed to filtering porn content

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 01/10/2011 12:23 PM | Headlines

Three days after Communications and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring threatened to shut down internet access on BlackBerry in Indonesia unless access to porn sites was blocked on the smartphones, maker Research in Motion (RIM) said it would install a filter for its subscribers in Indonesia as soon as possible.

In a press release made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday, RIM said it shared Minister Tifatul Sembiring’s sense of urgency on internet content filtering solutions.

“RIM has been engaged with its carrier partners and the government on this matter and continues to make it a top priority to implement satisfactory technical solutions with its partners as soon as possible,” the statement read.

A test by the Post showed that porn sites could still be accessed via BlackBerry web browser, but   the sites could not be opened on other smartphones such as IPhone.

However, critics are worried that such a threat by the minister would lead to another form of censorship by the government.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/01/10/blackberry-maker-says-it-committed-filtering-porn-content.html

Tifatul: RIM must filter out porn by Jan. 21

Nani Afrida, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 01/10/2011 6:25 PM | National

Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring has set a deadline of Jan. 21 for BlackBerry manufacturer, Research in Motion (RIM), to ban all access to pornographic sites.

“Should the company [RIM] ignore our deadline, we will impose a sanction, including revoking the permit, in accordance with the prevailing law,” Tifatul said during a meeting at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta on Monday.

He said the government would use Law No. 36/1999 on telecommunications, Law No. 11/2008 on information and electronic transaction and Law No. 44/2008 on pornography to enforce this threat.

Tifatul said RIM would not get any special treatment from the government, citing that all telecommunication companies operating in Indonesia must obey the regulation.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/01/10/tifatul-rim-must-filter-out-porn-jan-21.html

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U.K. plan to ban web porn draws concern from providers; Experts say it’s ‘technically not possible’

By Philip Caulfield

Tuesday, December 21st 2010, 10:50 AM

A proposal to block Internet porn in Britain is causing an uproar among Internet service providers, web experts and digital privacy advocates who say the plan won’t work.

British Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said in an interview with the Sunday Times that the government wanted to cut off access to pornographic websites to protect children.

Under the new proposal, ISPs would block household computers from all porn sites, and parents who wanted to watch porn would have to opt in – that is, specifically request the ability to view porn websites.

“This is a very serious matter,” Vaizey said. “I think it’s very important that it’s the ISPs that come up with solutions to protect children. I’m hoping they will get their acts together so that we don’t have to legislate, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and we will have a new communications bill in the next couple of years.”

The plan is still in its early stages, and the British government is working to set up a meeting with ISPs to discuss the issue.

But while ISPs said they support the idea, many think any plan to cut off access to the millions of porn websites was a long-shot.

“Unfortunately, it’s technically not possible to completely block this stuff,” Trefor Davies, chief technology officer at Britain’s ISP Timico, told BBC.

Filtering systems are often imperfect, he said, and a giant porn filter would block access to websites that were not hosting pornographic material.

“The cost of putting these systems in place outweigh the benefits, to my mind,” Timico told BBC.

Nicholas Lansman secretary general of ISPA, the U.K.’s trade association for ISPs, said online safety was a priority issue, but that the responsibility of monitoring what children view online should fall to parents.

“ISPA firmly believes that controls on children’s access to the Internet should be managed by parents…with the tools ISPs provide, rather than being imposed top-down,” Lansman told the BBC.

He also said that ISPs currently block illegal and “abhorrent” child abuse content, but that blocking lawful pornography content would lead to the blocking of legitimate websites.

ISPs Virgin Mobile and BT, which already have programs that block some content, and Talk Talk have said they support the idea.

There have been successful attempts to stop Internet porn in the past.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/12/21/2010-12-21_uk_plan_to_ban_web_porn_draws_concern_from_providers_experts_say_its_technically.html

No More Porn for UK Web Surfers?

Published December 20, 2010| NewsCore

The UK Government plans to combat the early exposure to sex of children by blocking Internet pornography — unless parents request it.

The move is intended to ensure that children are not exposed to sex as a routine part of the Internet. The move follows warnings about the hidden damage being done to children by sex sites.

The country’s biggest broadband providers, including BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, are being called to a meeting next month by communications minister Ed Vaizey and will be asked to change how pornography gets into homes. Instead of using parental controls to stop access to pornography — so-called “opting out” — the tap will be turned off at source. Adults will then have to “opt in.”

The new initiative is in advance of the imminent convergence of the Internet and television on one large screen in the living room. It follows the success of an operation by most British Internet service providers (ISPs) to prevent people inadvertently viewing child porn websites.

Ministers want companies to use similar technology to shut out adult pornography from children. Pornography sites will be blocked at source unless people specifically ask to view them.

TalkTalk, which includes Tiscali and the British version of Aol.com, is already introducing a new free service early next year called “bright feed,” which allows people to control the Internet so that all devices are automatically covered without the need to set up individual controls.

Homeowners can either specify which adult sites they want to receive or put a cinema-style classification on their feed to restrict what is received according to age ranges, such as U, 12 or 18. A survey by Psychologies magazine this summer found that one in three children aged 10 in Britain had viewed pornography on the net.

Vaizey called it “a very serious matter. I think it is very important that it’s the ISPs that come up with solutions to protect children.

“I’m hoping they will get their acts together so we don’t have to legislate, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and we will have a new communications bill in the next couple of years.”

Claire Perry, a lawmaker and a keen lobbyist for more restrictions, said “unless we show leadership, the Internet industry is not going to self-regulate.

“The minister has said he will get the ISPs together and say ‘Either you clean out your stables or we are going to do it for you.’

“There is this very uneasy sense for parents of children that we do not have to tolerate this Wild West approach. We are not coming at this from an anti-porn perspective. We just want to make sure our children aren’t stumbling across things we don’t want them to see.”

Previously the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) had told MPs that such a blanket ban would be expensive and technically difficult to operate. But Miranda Suit, cofounder of the charity Safermedia, which held a conference on Internet porn last month, said, “Technically we know it can be done because the ISPs are already removing child porn after the Government put pressure on them.

“In the past, Internet porn was regarded as a moral issue or a matter of taste. Now it has become a mental health issue because we now know the damage it is causing. We are seeing perverse sexual behavior among children. Legislation is both justifiable and feasible.”

She quoted the example of two underage brothers sentenced to at least five years’ detention this year for a sadistic sex attack on two other boys in South Yorkshire. The brothers were said to have had a “toxic” home life where they were exposed to pornography.

This weekend some ISPs appeared ready to introduce an “opt in” clause voluntarily. Andrew Heaney, executive director of strategy and regulation for TalkTalk, said “Our objective was not to do what the politicians want us to do but to do what was right by our customers.

“If other companies aren’t going to do it of their own volition, then maybe they should be leaned on. Legislation is a sledgehammer but it could work.”

A spokeswoman for Virgin Media said, “We already have an opt-in approach on mobiles. We’ve taken this approach as mobiles are taken out of the home — and kept in a pocket — whereas parents can control what happens within the home and online.

“We’re able to block sites, so it would be possible to do the same on the Internet. It is just about finding the right approach.”

A spokesman for BT, which has a “clean feed” system to block access to illegal sites, said “We do what we can to protect children.”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/20/porn-uk-web-surfers/

Broadband operators to face porn ban?

Adrian Holliday | Dec 20th 2010

Broadband service providers like BT And Virgin could be forced by the government to block porn sites – or give users an “opt-in” to access them. Communciations minister Ed Vaizey wants a meeting with broadband players in an effort to protect children from web pornography.

Porn warn

“I’m hoping they will get their acts together,” he told the Sunday Times, “so that we don’t have to legislate, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and we will have a new communications bill in the next couple of years.”

Practically it would mean adult sites would be automatically blocked. But some internet players are already concerned about how much such a move would cost to implement.

It’s not clear just how much the global porn industry is worth though some estimates put the figure close to £40bn, perhaps more. But whatever the numbers, the government is rightly concerned about the increasingly sexualisation of children, and the best way to protect themn.

Profitable?

Will the broadband providers co-operate? They will likely argue that they are there to provide a service for their customers, and not be a tool for government social policy. Making it harder for customers to see porn could conceivably cost them lost revenues too.

BT, Virgin, Talk Talk, BSkyB, Orange and 02 are responsible for streaming most UK internet content. We asked BT for a response. They sent us a press release on the issue.

“BT takes child internet safety seriously and works closely with the government to support the prevention of illegal activities online,” it said. “We are aware of the adjournment debate and the ministers stated intention of holding a round table. We would be happy to take part to discuss the issues raised.”

However it added that there are “many legal, consumer rights and technical issues that would need to be considered before any new web blocking policy was developed.”

Source: http://www.dailyfinance.co.uk/2010/12/20/broadband-operators-to-face-porn-ban/2


Oversee Indonesia’s Bid for the 2022 World Cup

A recent embarrassing stunt by an Indonesian football supporter has planted a question mark in my mind whether Indonesia can still stand for the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid. He invaded the pitch and tried to score a goal during the 2011 Asian Cup prequalifying match between the host Indonesia and Oman.

I can totally understand that Hendri Mulyadi’s action was triggered by disappointment with the national team’s poor performance that night. I’m not a big fan of football though. So I had never been care about how my national team developed until I read in the Jakarta Globe that for the first time since 1992, the Asian Cup will go on without Indonesia in 2011.

“I apologized to my fellow Indonesians for my misconduct,” he said as it was quoted in the Jakarta Post. “I was very disappointed with our team’s performance because it has never won. The team has either been defeated or it has tied.”

He might be representing millions of football fans in the country who were angry about the government’s disability to manage the team. Well, the one to blame is the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) actually thanks to its internal mismanagement. To me, it’s impossible for the organisation to forge a strong team whilst it struggles with the lack of talents and corruption allegations.

So people, and I, are waiting how the incident will stimulate for changes before I join thousands of people in a fan page on Facebook hailing him to be the next chairman of PSSI.

Mulyadi did it minutes before referee blew his whistle. Indonesia bowed out to Oman 1-2 before some 40,000 home spectators. The loss has sent Indonesian national teams of all age groups to the lowest point in their history. The Jakarta Globe notes that the Under-23 team made unwanted history by going winless at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games. The Under-19 team failed to reach the 2010 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-19 Championship.

2022 World Cup bid

Now, let’s talk about Indonesian football in the international stage.

In one hand, Mulyadi’s action could be a wake-up call for internal improvement. In the other hand, it was undoubtedly an embarrassment which slaps on face amid Indonesia’s bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. I support the bid 1,000% but I bet there are still many things to be addressed, not to mention the attitude of local supporters.

I never question my country’s ability to build the seven pledged new stadiums for the bid no matter where the fund will come from as we can easily find new shopping malls popping up across the country each year-long. I am sure public will bestow big passion for it despite a handful of pessimistic voices.

Photo by WorldStadiums.com

Wikipedia notes that Indonesia has the biggest stadium in Southeast Asia with 88,000 seats. Dozens other stadiums are either ready to use, proposed or under construction with capacity of at least 40,000 seats each, the minimum requirement to hold a World Cup match.

The problem will be how qualified our national squad is. Granting the team, which is currently at 120 in the FIFA rankings, a world qualify automatically will be awkward. World Cup in 1938 as the Dutch East Indies was the only Indonesia’s World Cup history in which it was the first Asian nation to participate in the World Cup finals.

I know that the bid is not solely to win the game instead of to win international attention. The estimated ten trillion rupiahs, nearly 650 million pounds, budget is aimed at boosting national proud, image and tourism. That is very understandable for a country that is always associated with natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

I remember what my teacher said when Brazil won the 2014 World Cup bid. “Brazilians will cry blood after the event,” he said. I can see that that won’t be the case instead they will cry money afterwards.

Green proposal

So, what the country has to offer that makes it more outstanding than the other nine bids have. It’s proposing ‘Green World Cup 2022’. Everybody knows that every things with ‘green’ attribute sound so sexy nowadays. I hope my country’s environment consciousness is not only a marketing gimmick. I suppose FIFA doesn’t want to be labeled as an environmentally unfriendly organisation by choosing those carbon-producing bids.

“Our deforestation rate has contributed much to world pollution. By hosting the World Cup, we wish to build infrastructure and facilities that are environmentally friendly so we can give more to the planet,” the Chairman of PSSI Nurdin Halid told the Jakarta Post.

But literally, it’s true that no other bids are offering something special at least from what their slogans say:

Australia (AFC): “Come Play!”

Belgium/Netherlands (UEFA): “Together for Great Goals”

England (UEFA): no slogan found

Japan (AFC): “Dream”

South Korea (AFC): no slogan found

Qatar (AFC): “Expect Amazing”

Russia (UEFA): “Ready to Inspire!”

Spain/Portugal (UEFA): no slogan found

USA (CONCACAF): “The Game is in Us”

Remembering that the same confederation can’t host both the 2018 and 2022 games, hopefully neither Australia nor Japan will win the 2018 bid because the other three nations from AFC applied for only the 2022. So Australia will be the strongest contender in the confederation in term of football team, financial and infrastructure. Japan co-hosted the event with South Korea in 2002, not so long ago, so they will be seen too greedy for a second chance within at least 16 years.

An unofficial poll suggested England (21%) becomes the favourite while Australia (19%) and Indonesia (18%) are in the second and third place. FIFA will appoint the host for 2018 and 2022 World Cup in 2 December 2010. If successful, Indonesia will be the second World Cup host from Asia. If so, I will have to love football.


Jakartans Demand Demolition of Obama’s Statue

Ho ho ho… One of Christmas gifts given to the US President Barack Obama recently is threatened to be withdrawn. There are at least 20 groups of Indonesian people on Facebook demanding his childhood statue in a park in Jakarta to be demolished.

The groups share the same idea of bringing the bronze statue down motivated solely by nationalism as a sovereign nation. The Indonesian version group with the most members questioned the vision and benefit of its existence for local people bearing in mind that he wasn’t exist in the country’s history.

“Barack Obama has no contribution for the nation. It can be said that he had gone by Menteng just for eating and pupping. He lives American life for the rest,” the group said referring neighborhood where Obama had spent his childhood for four years in 1970s.

As this blog mentioned in the previous article Double Christmas Gifts for Obama, the US$10,000-worth statue is the first action figure of foreign person in public places in Jakarta. It was unveiled by Central Jakarta Mayor Sylviana Murni on 10 December 2009, the same day he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

Chairman of the Friends of Obama Foundation, Ron Mullers, expressed concern over negative response towards the statue. The organization initiated the establishment of the statue and had raised fund from ten Indonesians for it.

“It’s just a statue of a boy who once lived in Menteng and liked nasi goreng [fried rice] and bakso [meatball soup],” he said to the Jakarta Globe, adding that there was no political motivation behind it.

‘This is Indonesia’

Of 20 groups on Facebook, 18 are in Indonesian. The biggest one is Turunkan Patung Barrack Obama di Taman Menteng with 45,205 members at the time of writing. One of the two English version groups, Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Taman Menteng Park, has gained 1,807 members at the time of writing.

They use profile picture of the statue in a forbidden sign read ‘This is Indonesia’.

Discussion on the group’s page has been talking about likelihood to file a class action against the city government. Another concern has demanded the statue to be moved from its current location to the US embassy. Most members are proposing to replace the statue with another portraying local figure. No sculpture of former Jakarta’s governor has been erected in public place this far.

It is getting clear then that he won’t walk alone when he visits Jakarta in 2010. Demonstrators have a new concern by now.


Double Christmas Gifts for Obama

The US President Barack Obama got actually two prizes in the same day on Thursday (10/12). In Oslo, Norway, he received the Nobel Peace Prize as an adult and in Jakarta, Indonesia, he got his childhood statued.

Photo by Sasha

This is another evidence of what I said in the end of my previous post President Idol. We tend to hate our own head of state and over-treat the others. Unfortunately, BBC Three has only The World’s Strictest Parents show which sends teenagers abroad to live with other family. It hasn’t come up with an idea of swapping presidents.

Supporters of the president unveiled a bronze statue of him as a young school boy at Menteng Park. The “Barry Dreams Come True” action figure stands only a stumble away from the school he used to attend as a kid.

“The statue is not for an individual cult nor is it for political

motivations, it’s more to motivate younger generations of Indonesians,” said Sylvina Murni, the Central Jakarta Mayor, as quoted by Reuters. “Who knows, there could be another child from this country who can be a world leader.”

Are students from the same elementary school motivated by the US 44th president? “I do not want to be like Obama, I want to be a general,” said a schoolboy attending the ceremony to Reuters.

Obama spent four years of his childhood in the neighborhood when his mother married her Indonesian husband in the 1970s.

Non-Indo statue

As long as I’m concerned, the US$10,000-worth statue is the first one of foreign person in public places in Jakarta. Even of six presidents of Indonesia only one whose statue is placed in a public place, the founding father Soekarno. However, the Obama statue doesn’t picture him as a president instead of a child and the mayor guarantees no public tax involved in the building.

It’s expected that Obama will be requested to have a look at it when he visits Indonesia in 2010. Blaming on the postponement of the state visit, there will be a longer list of side events waiting for his appearance. His then-school wants to be peeped. His step big-family wants him to share nostalgia in his then-house.

It’s expected too that the experience in his planned visit won’t be much different from what he had in Oslo when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Demonstration is undoubtedly.


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