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No Privacy Right in Indonesia ?
Cypherpunks assume privacy is a good thing
and wish there were more of it.
--Welcome to cypherpunks
An 11 17 95 Reuter Information Service newsstory headlined
Politics, not sex, is Indonesian Internet's concern
In Indonesia, the quiet Internet revolution has not gone un-
noticed by the armed forces.
Here are more excerpts from the newsstory:
Armed forces spokesman Brigadier-General Surwarno Adi-
wijoyo told Reuters the military had suggested to the com-
munications ministry the need for some sort of "toll gate"
to "black out" news which could damage culture or affect
It has also suggested registering uses and users, he said.
...nobody doubts the military is watching.
Activists in Indonesia who use the Internet say it is a power-
ful tool for distributing information in a society where self-
censorship abounds, newspapers are tightly controlled, jour-
nalists are jailed and unlicensed magazines banned.
Internet users doubt the Indonesian government can legis-
late or control the Internet, short of pulling the plug on the
nation's soon-to-be-privatised phone system.
Please note that the expression "legislate or control" means
control by either fraud or force, whichever the military finds
If the military does one day pull the plug, will that validate or
invalidate the statement in the "Welcome to cypherpunks" document--
Cypherpunks know that a widely dispersed system can't
be shut down.
A tangential answer is supplied by Indonesian activists:
Despite the technical and administrative hurdles with cen-
soring an increasingly large volume and web of contacts,
Internet users point out such a scheme [of censorship,
not plug-pulling] would not stop the increasing distribution
of material within the country.
For there are private as well as commercial networks in the
Commercial providers' estimates suggest there are around
10,000 registered local users, with popularity of the
Internet growing among Indonesia's technological and edu-
Please note the expression "registered local users," and re-
call the military's
suggested registering [of] uses and users
Uses? Perhaps that means those nominally private networks.
Cypherpunks hope that all people desiring privacy
will learn how best to defend it.
--Welcome to cypherpunks
NOTE. NandO News, which posted the above newsstory,
can be accessed at:
The story's online filename is:
JAKARTA (Nov 16, 1995 - 01:06 EST)