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Opinion | Concentration of Power in Content Moderation Puts Freedom of Speech at Risk

First published in The Jakarta Post (30/7/21).

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics’ attempts to regulate content moderation of private electronic system organizers (ESOs) — including user-generated content platforms like social media, digital marketplace, blog, etc. — without sufficient due process would concentrate power over internet governance in the hands of the government, putting Indonesia’s freedom of speech at risk.

In November 2020, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (MOCI) issued Min