Reuters: Indonesia imposes 10% VAT on Amazon, Google, Netflix and Spotify. “Indonesia imposed a 10% value-added tax on sales by technology firms including Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Google on Tuesday, as spending patterns shift with increased remote working as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has hit state finances.”
AsiaOne: Hacker allegedly breaches Indonesian govt database on Covid-19 test-takers. “The hacker, under the username Database Shopping, offered the personal data of Covid-19 test-takers in Indonesia on the data-exchange platform Raid Forums, where another member put up for sale the personal information of 15 million users from homegrown e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia’s internal database for US$5,000 (S$7,000).”
Coconuts Bali: On social media, Indonesians fight back against dangerous COVID-19 conspiracy theories. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a fertile ground for conspiracy theories to flourish, so much so that we’re seeing well-known figures here in Indonesia taking it upon themselves to echo these questionable ideas on their massive platforms. While the current state of our economy and society may in turn encourage these conspiracy beliefs, some Indonesians are not shying away from using social media to fight back against the dangerous infodemic.”
Reuters: Exclusive: More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with coronavirus symptoms, data shows. “More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of COVID-19 but were not recorded as victims of the disease, a Reuters review of data from 16 of the country’s 34 provinces showed.”
The Straits Times: Volunteers build crowdsourced databases to capture scale of virus outbreak in Indonesia. “The Covid-19 outbreak has prompted members of the public to launch their own crowdsourced databases on the spread of the virus in their respective communities in a bid to shed some light on cases that have otherwise slipped under the government’s radar.”
US News & World Report: Exclusive: Jump in Jakarta Funerals Raises Fears of Unreported Coronavirus Deaths. “The number of funerals in Jakarta rose sharply in March, a development the governor of Indonesia’s capital city said suggested that deaths from the new coronavirus may be higher than officially reported.”
DMARGE: Influencers Face Criticism For ‘Blogging As Usual’ During Bali Shutdown. “Indonesia has so far recorded just 790 positive cases of Covid-19 across a nation of more than 270 million, and 58 deaths. However, ‘For the past few days, the number of positive cases has increased by about 100 each day.’ ‘Many health care professionals fear Indonesia is on the brink of a crisis and that the true number of cases and deaths is much higher.’ In other words: for now, stay inside. This is exactly what couple Marie Fe and Jake Snow, who make a living blogging the world, are doing.”
GovInsider Asia: Exclusive: How West Java uses QR codes to fight Coronavirus. “Indonesia now has the highest Covid-19 death toll in ASEAN, less than a month after it reported its first confirmed case. Hospitals risk being overwhelmed by the surge of confirmed cases, as well as panicked citizens rushing to get tested. West Java, one of the worst-hit areas in Indonesia, has registered 60 cases and 10 deaths as of 24 March. The province’s digital team, Jabar Digital Service, this week launched a service to help manage the strain on healthcare facilities.”
BusinessWire: NTT DATA Creates and Makes Public a Digital Archive of the Historical Cultural Heritage of the ASEAN Region (PRESS RELEASE). “NTT DATA Corporation has built a digital archive system for the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project, being conducted by the ASEAN Secretariat to digitize the valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN countries. The first phase of this project has been completed, with a digital archive created of 160 cultural assets from Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia….The second phase of the project, supposed to begin from fiscal 2020, will be to digitally archive cultural assets from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos, and make them available on the archive site. Going forward, the project will be expanded to include all ten ASEAN member states in the future.” The ASEAN members not mentioned here are Brunei, Philippines, and Singapore.
Asia One: Indonesia to censor social media during emergency situations. “The Communications and Information Ministry will restrict social media access during emergency situations, new minister Johnny G. Plate said on Monday. The restriction of social media access during emergency situations was first imposed by former communications minister Rudiantara during post-election riots in May.”
BBC: Papua unrest: Social media bots ‘skewing the narrative’. “Indonesia’s Papua province has become the focus of a well-funded social media campaign using bots to promote a pro-government agenda, the BBC has found.”
Bloomberg Quint: Amazon, Google Face Tax Test as Indonesia Reins In E-Commerce. “Indonesia is drafting a tax bill that will force local e-commerce startups and digital giants such as Google, Amazon and Netflix to collect and pay value-added tax. The bill, expected to be passed into law next year, will also set a legal basis for the government to impose income tax based on a company’s economic presence in Indonesia.”
Forests News: The Papua Atlas: New tool tracks development on remote island, as-it-happens. “The Papua Atlas is an open-access, interactive online map that tracks data such as forest loss; plantation and mine development; and road construction. It uses satellite data collected yearly from 2001-2018, and collected weekly for 2019, as well as government information on land ownership, to create extremely detailed and engaging time-lapse animations that show how land use has changed over time.”
Techdirt: YouTube Lets Indonesian Government Block Satirical Video That Criticizes The Indonesian Government . “If you’re wondering how West Papua has arrived at this flash point, this hilarious/disturbing video produced by The Juice Media explains the whole thing. And it explains the Australian government’s complicity in the Indonesian government’s subjugation of the West Papuan people.” The video is – well, it’s not safe for work, but I recommend it. Wow.
Poynter: Indonesia faces two waves of misinformation and an internet shutdown at the same time. “Borneo is internationally known for palm oil plantations, coal mining, dense jungles and orangutans. Building a big city to become the country’s capital there could mean the end of all that, or at least part of it. So discussions around this topic took over the country in the last days, fueled by memes and unreliable data shared on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. At the same time, in the province of Papua, another huge wave of misinformation started to take place, so fact-checkers had to divide their attention.”