Ministry calls for multi-party collaboration to protect netizens

Ministry calls for multi-party collaboration to protect netizens

Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Coalition on Digital Safety Inaugural Meeting 2021. (kominfo.go.id)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) has invited all parties to strengthen collaboration to protect Internet users from harmful content and interactions.

“The Indonesian Government emphasizes that all Internet users have the right to be free from harmful online content and interactions. We are inviting all parties to participate actively and make the Internet safer, more comfortable, and more beneficial," Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, said.

He made the statement while attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Coalition on Digital Safety Inaugural Meeting 2021, held virtually on Thursday, according to a press release issued by the ministry.

Collaboration is a must to make the digital space free from harmful content, such as abuse, online exploitation of children, child pornography, violent content, radicalism, terrorism, and hoaxes related to COVID-19 and vaccines, he said.

The government must create a safer digital environment and protect netizens from harmful online content, he stressed.

"We have developed a standard definition of digital security and have set appropriate behavior standards to ensure digital security and continue to share Indonesian best practices, approaches, regulatory frameworks aimed at ensuring digital security," the minister expounded.

Kominfo believes that a collaborative approach aligned with stakeholders' roles will create sustainable behavioral changes in the handling of harmful content by Internet users in a bid to achieve digital security and protection, Plate said.

To provide a space for those who want to register a complaint, the government has opened a complaint service through the aduankonten.id webpage, he informed.

In addition, Kominfo has also taken a number of actions on all levels to deal with harmful content, he said.

At the upstream level, Kominfo has been encouraging digital literacy by cooperating with communities, academics, government institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), he informed.

For the intermediate level, the ministry is taking preventive measures to remove access to harmful content uploaded to websites or digital platforms, the minister said.

The ministry has so far removed 214 child pornography content, 22,103 terrorism-related content, 1,895 COVID-19 misinformation content, and 319 COVID-19 vaccine misinformation content to protect Internet users, he added. 

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