Govt making three efforts to build inclusive digital ecosystem

Govt making three efforts to build inclusive digital ecosystem

Deputy Minister of Communication and Informatics Nezar Patria. (ANTARA/HO-Kominfo)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy Minister of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo), Nezar Patria, on Friday said that his ministry is making three strategic efforts to create an inclusive digital ecosystem.

The efforts comprise cutting access to negative content, participating in international forums, and devising regulations that align with digital transformation.

"First, we are cutting off access and taking down content that violates the law. It is recorded that from July 17, 2023, to November 14, 2023, we have cut off (access to) and taken down 962,719 (items of) content," Patria informed in a statement released here on Friday.

Those measures are aimed at keeping Indonesia's digital space safe and comfortable for all to allow the community to be productive. The ministry is cutting off access to several types of content, including those related to online gambling, pornography, and disinformation.

The ministry is also participating in international forums to contribute to strengthening global internet governance.

Recently, an Indonesian delegation participated in the AI Safety Summit, which discussed the development of artificial intelligence (AI), which is increasingly being utilized by many countries.

At the forum, Indonesia shared its opinions so that countries that use AI can pursue collaboration with stakeholders to ensure inclusivity for all countries and optimize the use of AI.

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Indonesia also asked stakeholders to prioritize AI security, which could guarantee the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data.

"The meeting resulted in the Bletchley Declaration, which contains the basic principles of safety in the development and utilization of AI," he informed.

Additionally, to strengthen safe and inclusive digital ecosystem governance, the ministry is trying to devise regulations that are in keeping with technological developments.

"The revision of the Information and Electronic Transaction Law, the drafting of derivative regulations of Personal Data Protection Law, and the formulation of Kominfo Minister's Circular on AI Ethics Guidelines are being finalized," he informed.

The deputy minister expressed the hope that people will actively participate in creating an inclusive digital ecosystem.

One way people can participate is through educational institutions, which can help people gain digital skills and literacy and thereby, enable them to make optimal use of the inclusive digital ecosystem.

"Digital transformation is not solely about technology; it focuses on people. Let us develop Indonesia's digital ecosystem by prioritizing inclusive, safe, empowering, and sustainable principles, for the welfare of the community," he said.

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