FILTERING BlOG CONTENT IS HEAVY –  Many parties urge the government not to immediately block WordPress if they want to block the blog that insults the Prophet Muhammad, if they want to block the blog only.However, according to M. Salahuddien, Deputy Chairman of the Indonesia Security Incident Responses Team on Internet Infrastructure (ID-SIRTII), filtering content on a blog or website is not as easy as one might think.

Content filtering is hard, if one site is blocked and doesn’t spread everywhere, it’s easy. The problem is, that content can be loaded on various media, making it difficult to control.

In terms of blocking, ID-SIRTII admits that it does not have the authority to do so. It is said, the man who is often called Didin Pataka is the authority of the internet service provider (ISP). Didin suggested that Indonesia should have regulatory content, where the regulator could advise ISPs to provide education to customers. “For overseas, ISPs provide several tools based on certain segments to their customers. They have an obligation to customers to be aware of security and provide tools to perform filters,” he explained. For example, continued Didin, such as internet access in China. “There are 9 ISPs, they each install sensors. Well, these sensors are specially made for filtering content circulating in China,” he said. The sensor is specially ordered by the Chinese government and is equipped with artificial intelligence capabilities, so it can study user behavior. Even the Chinese government has recruited 30,000 people just to monitor the content circulating in the bamboo curtain country. The budget spends around IDR 1 trillion per year. “In Indonesia, it is still difficult to follow that way, because the supervision is still weak,” he said.

-Advice for the Government

Because this blog insulting the prophet is already quite disturbing, the government is advised to take quick steps. First, by sending an official warning letter to WordPress for objecting to the content posted on blogs that use its services. “But if, for example, WordPress doesn’t want to block the blog, the government shouldn’t be angry. Second, by flagging or reporting negative content on the blog’s service complaint page,” he concluded.

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