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Indonesia launches cyber watchdog agency

World2018-01-03

By APD writer Maverick JAKARTA, Jan. 3 (APD) - Indonesia launched the operation of national cyber watchdog agency assigned to fully control cyber activities, particularly in tackling fake news, terrorism and radicalism contents in the country. The official launch of the agency, called State Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), was marked with the installment of of a senior army officer, Major General Djoko Setiadi, to lead the agency. The installment was conducted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the presidential palace on Wednesday here. On the sidelines of the installment ceremony, Setiadi said the agency’s main task was to help the government in supervising cyber sector, assuring maximum benefit for the people, scrapping contents that may disrupt the nation’s unity as well as misuse of cyber for terrorism activities. In short haul, the agency would focus its efforts to assure peace and calm in national cyber media this year, which dubbed as “political year”, prior to the presidential election slated for next year. “We warn those who often creating fake news to stop their indecent activities. If they continue to do so, there would be regulations applied against them,” Setiadi warned. Indonesia saw massive use of fake news, slander and sensitive issues in regional election process that were circulated in social media that eventually raised tension among the public, risking the nation’s unity. In its operation, the BSSN would closely team up with police and national intelligence cyber units to maximize the outcome, Setiadi said. Apart from that, the BSSN would also intensify coordination with national police to tackle terrorism activities which have extensively used digital technology to plan attacks and running the operation of terrorist organization, Setiadi said. The BSSN has the instruments and technology to trace, detect and identify people and accounts associated with terrorism activities in the country, he added. “In the future I expect the BSSN would be given the authority to arrest (those identified of violating the cyber regulation) and hand them over to the authorized institutions for further process,” he said. He said the BSSN has the instruments and technology to trace, detect and identify people and accounts associated with terrorism activities in the country. Putting a high priority to the agency, President Widodo has recently upgraded BBSN’s institutional level from an agency under supervision of Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security office to a ministerial level, directly supervised by the president himself. “Such an agency is direly needed by the government amid rapid cyber technology development. This is a very important agency to anticipate bad impacts from it,” the president said. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Maverick

JAKARTA, Jan. 3 (APD) - Indonesia launched the operation of national cyber watchdog agency assigned to fully control cyber activities, particularly in tackling fake news, terrorism and radicalism contents in the country.

The official launch of the agency, called State Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), was marked with the installment of of a senior army officer, Major General Djoko Setiadi, to lead the agency.

The installment was conducted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the presidential palace on Wednesday here.

On the sidelines of the installment ceremony, Setiadi said the agency’s main task was to help the government in supervising cyber sector, assuring maximum benefit for the people, scrapping contents that may disrupt the nation’s unity as well as misuse of cyber for terrorism activities.

In short haul, the agency would focus its efforts to assure peace and calm in national cyber media this year, which dubbed as “political year”, prior to the presidential election slated for next year.

“We warn those who often creating fake news to stop their indecent activities. If they continue to do so, there would be regulations applied against them,” Setiadi warned.

Indonesia saw massive use of fake news, slander and sensitive issues in regional election process that were circulated in social media that eventually raised tension among the public, risking the nation’s unity.

In its operation, the BSSN would closely team up with police and national intelligence cyber units to maximize the outcome, Setiadi said.

Apart from that, the BSSN would also intensify coordination with national police to tackle terrorism activities which have extensively used digital technology to plan attacks and running the operation of terrorist organization, Setiadi said.

The BSSN has the instruments and technology to trace, detect and identify people and accounts associated with terrorism activities in the country, he added.

“In the future I expect the BSSN would be given the authority to arrest (those identified of violating the cyber regulation) and hand them over to the authorized institutions for further process,” he said.

He said the BSSN has the instruments and technology to trace, detect and identify people and accounts associated with terrorism activities in the country.

Putting a high priority to the agency, President Widodo has recently upgraded BBSN’s institutional level from an agency under supervision of Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security office to a ministerial level, directly supervised by the president himself.

“Such an agency is direly needed by the government amid rapid cyber technology development. This is a very important agency to anticipate bad impacts from it,” the president said.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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