Social Media Policy and Regulation: A Network Governance Perspective

By: Sonny Zulhuda

The above is the name of the event in Tsinghua University, Beijing, on December 3-4, 2016, where I came as a speaker to the audience consisted of law, media and Internet governance academia and practitioners. Both Beijing-based School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University and the School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) jointly organised this event.

The invitation came to me through Dr. Yik Chan Chin of the HKBU, who is with me at the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Upon few exchanges of emails, I was then invited to come and present my views on the social media regulations in the Malaysian perspective. I must say that the event was really a rewarding experience; filled with substantial discussions, new perspectives and, of course, new friends and network!

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On Why Bloggers Rule and What Rules the Bloggers (An Abstract)

By: Sonny Zulhuda

The Internet is now a common platform of over one billion users in the world who exchange information, trade communications and transact commerce every now and then. This is the realization of what the website founders initially sought to achieve, i.e. a two-way communications in the cyberspace where writing information should be as simple as reading it.

At the heart of this phenomenon is now the website log – or blog. Blog is not merely a new technology, but it is now a trend. Individuals use blogs to express their feelings. Companies engage themselves in corporate blogging where they capture beneficial information to upgrade their services and achieve corporate objectives, and where marketers capture potential customers while they advertise for their products. And more pressing of all, blog is now an alternative to conventional media industry where individuals easily publish reports of incidents accompanied by their comments and views while getting rid of editorial and spatial barriers of conventional media. People have now often referred to online blogs to get information on ongoing incidents day to day. Given this situation, the luxury of information is now something of the past.

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Sistem ‘Co-regulatory’ Penanganan Konten Internet di Indonesia

Oleh: Sonny Zulhuda

Dalam menangani kelestarian berekspresi di Internet, diperlukan infrastruktur pengaturan yang bisa berbentuk self-regulatory (pengaturan sendiri) atau state regulatory (pengaturan via perangkat undang-undang oleh pemerintah).  Namun dari itu semua, yang ideal adalah dengan pendekatan sinergis antara semua pihak yg terkait, atau para pemangku kepentingan (stakeholders). Pendekatan ini biasa dikenal sebagai ‘pengaturan bersama’ atau ‘co-regulatory approach’). Bagaimana pendekatan ‘co-regulatory’ bagi isu pemuatan konten bisa dilaksanakan di Indonesia?

Di Indonesia, tindakan pemuatan informasi yang menimbulkan permusuhan/kebencian, misalnya, berdasarkan agama, dapat dikenakan sanksi berlapis di bawah Kitab Undang-undang Hukum Pidana (KUHP) dan UU No. 11/2008 tentang Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik (UU-ITE) dengan ancaman denda maksimal satu milyar rupiah dan/atau penjara enam tahun.

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Kebebasan Berpendapat dalam Internet dan Perangkat Penanganannya

Oleh: Sonny Zulhuda

j0341636Pada bagian lain kita singgung tentang munculnya persinggungan antara masyarakat informasi dan etika yang hidup dalam masyarakat itu sendiri (lihat posting ‘Masyarakat Internet dan Etika Sosial’). Pada kenyataannya, masih sering terjadi dimana-mana gejolak dan perselisihan yang melibatkan pemuatan konten yang dianggap melecehkan, baik itu dilihat dari aspek sosial, agama, budaya, politik, dan lain-lain. Isu-isu seperti ini datang silih berganti. Apakah gejolak ini merupakan kutukan bagi masyarakat informasi?

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