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Nenden S. Arum (Indonesia)

Is Content Restriction the “New Normal”?

Not all conversation online can be clearly labelled as harmless or harmful. There are varieties of bullying, persuasion, and provocation where it is extremely difficult to draw the line. Indonesia, for instance, has an umbrella term for all forms of communication it deems undesirable: “negative content”. It encompasses all forms of nudity, which for most European countries is considered benign. In countries like Thailand or Singapore, it is certain political discussions that may be taboo.  

This panel will debate the nuanced views that are held on content restriction: 
free speech yes, but there are limits. Where are the lines drawn and who has the power and legitimacy to police the internet. 

Nenden S. Arum Nenden S. Arum | © Nenden S. Arum Nenden S. Arum is a researcher and analyst focused on digital product management and user experience research. She has worked as a journalist covering business and economic issues as well as been a data analyst for a Jakarta-based data and media company.
Together with the organization Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), she is a proponent of digital rights by promoting freedom of expression online and is engaged in the struggle against online gender-based violence. She has also taken part in the Journalist Safety Committee (Komite Keselamatan Jurnalis), consisting of various press and legal aid institutions whose aim is to end violence and repression against journalists.
The scope of her commitment to journalism has expanded to now include organizing the data journalist community with Indonesia Data Journalism Network (IDJN).
 

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