The Register: Indonesian authorities probe million-record leak from national COVID app

The Register: Indonesian authorities probe million-record leak from national COVID app. “Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Informatics is investigating a leak of over a million records from the nation’s COVID-19 quarantine management app. News of the leak was revealed on August 30th by security review site vpnMentor, which wrote that its research team discovered exposed databases generated by eHAC, an app that is mandatory for use by travellers moving into and out of Indonesia, or within its borders.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google and Facebook’s New Cable to Link Japan and Southeast Asia

BNN Bloomberg: Google and Facebook’s New Cable to Link Japan and Southeast Asia. “Dubbed Apricot, the infrastructure project will link Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Indonesia and help serve growing demand for broadband access and 5G wireless connectivity, Facebook said. In March, the company announced two new transpacific subsea cables connecting Singapore to the U.S. west coast, Bifrost and Echo, with Google participating in the latter.”

Antara News: Gaining insights into Lampung’s culture through ancient manuscripts

Antara News: Gaining insights into Lampung’s culture through ancient manuscripts. Lampung is a province of Indonesia. “Lampung Province, also known as ‘Sai Bumi Ruwa Jurai,’ not only has abundant agricultural products, such as pepper, coffee, and cloves, but is also rich in customs and culture that can captivate all those who study it. Through various types of ancient manuscripts, Lampung philologists began to explore several puzzles about the culture that developed in Lampung over the past centuries.”

EurekAlert: Digital disclosure of Dutch East India Company archives by Huygens Institute

EurekAlert: Digital disclosure of Dutch East India Company archives by Huygens Institute. “Together with the VU Amsterdam, the National Archives, the International Institute for Social History and the Humanities Cluster of the Royal Netherlands Academy, the Huygens Institute for History of the Netherlands is building a state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure, enabling a better understanding of colonial history, the Dutch East India Company and the early-modern histories of countries and cultures of the Indian Ocean and Indonesian Archipelago Worlds.”

Reuters: Indonesia’s map project ignores indigenous land, risks conflicts

Reuters: Indonesia’s map project ignores indigenous land, risks conflicts. “The One Map policy, rolled out a decade ago and meant to be completed by late 2020, aimed to merge 85 thematic maps of the sprawling archipelago’s 34 provinces into one map, with local communities involved to help settle conflicting claims. But to date, the One Map portal is only accessible to government authorities and does not include maps created by indigenous groups, said Rukka Sombolinggi, secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN).”

Voice of America: Global TB Fight Set Back 12 Years by COVID Pandemic, Doctors Warn

Voice of America: Global TB Fight Set Back 12 Years by COVID Pandemic, Doctors Warn. “In nine countries with a high prevalence of TB — including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan and Ukraine — diagnosis and treatment fell by an average of 23%, according to analysis by the Stop TB Partnership, a non-profit hosted by the United Nations in Geneva.”

Jakarta Post: Gresik residents made to dig graves as punishment for not wearing face masks

Jakarta Post: Gresik residents made to dig graves as punishment for not wearing face masks. “Eight people in Gresik regency, East Java, were ordered by local authorities to dig graves for those who have died of COVID-19 as punishment for not wearing face masks in public. Cerme district head, Suyono, said that he punished residents who did not wear face masks by making them dig graves at a public cemetery in Ngabetan village.”

Yahoo News: Bali bans foreign tourists for rest of 2020 over virus

Yahoo News: Bali bans foreign tourists for rest of 2020 over virus. “The holiday hotspot re-opened beaches, temples and other tourism spots for domestic visitors at the end of July and had said it would let foreign tourists return on September 11. But the plan has now been cancelled over concerns about Indonesia’s mounting virus cases and with many foreign nationals subject to travel bans in their home countries.”

Human Rights Watch: Covid-19 Spreads in Indonesia’s Overcrowded Prisons

Human Rights Watch: Covid-19 Spreads in Indonesia’s Overcrowded Prisons. “At least 17 prisons in Indonesia have Covid-19 cases, with 120 inmates and 18 officials infected with the coronavirus, according to a joint report from human rights groups. While testing rates are very low, seven inmates are suspected to have died from Covid-19. The report, by the Jakarta-based Indonesia Judicial Research Society, the Indonesian Institute for Independent Judiciary, and the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, calls on Indonesian authorities to further reduce prison populations.”

AsiaOne: Hacker allegedly breaches Indonesian govt database on Covid-19 test-takers

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

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.”