The Makassar attorney general’s office has decided to issue an arrest warrant for Muhammad Arsyad, an Indonesian anti-corruption activist, who was arrested in August 2013 for posting a BBM status which called Golkar politician and former head of Indonesian football association Nurdin Halid a corruptor and asked people not to vote for his brother.
Abdul Waris Halid was at that time planning to run for a legislative seat in this year’s election but was later forced to withdraw over inability to show police documents clearing him of any criminal convictions.
Nurdin Halid was actually convicted of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison in 2007 following allegations of overseeing the misuse of $18 million of Palm oil funds when he was the head of the state logistics agency in the 1990s.
Arsyad was reported to the police for libel over his BBM status by another Golkar politician, Abdul Wahab, and subsequently spent seven days in jail during which various organizations lobbied for his release.
Indonesia’s Electronic Information and Transaction Law (UU ITE) and its highly controversial article 27 paragraph 3 was used as the basis for his arrest. The law allows the arrest of anyone accused of defamation by electronic means. In other words, if you say something bad about someone on the internet or over SMS, you’re liable and may be arrested if reported. However, Indonesian law requires the subject of the alleged defamation to personally file the report. Since the person who filed the police report in this case was not the subject himself, the decision to arrest Arsyad in August and again on the 25th by the city of Makassar’s attorney general’s office is unlawful.
Indonesian media and various freedom of speech organizations have decried and denounced the law for violating people’s rights to freedom of speech and expression and brings Indonesia back to the era of former president Soeharto who ruled with an iron fist and clamped down any voice of dissent by force.
WhatsApp Co-Founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton
Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion. It’s a spectacular milestone for the company’s co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, and their remarkable team.
From the moment they opened the doors of WhatsApp,…
Facebook’s strategy is defensive acquisition to prevent a larger company being created, just like with the Instagram acquisition two years ago. Nevermind that WhatsApp’s business model isn’t really proven, bested in the short term by gaming platforms such as Kakao and Line with much much smaller number of users. The company is worth $345 million per employee to Facebook, or more than $500 million per engineer.
Given that the acquisition is primarily stock based ($12 billion out of $16 billion, **only** $4 billion in cash), we may see a different final purchase value once the deal closes. Instagram’s final acquisition value was in the mid $700 million as Facebook stock lost value in the months between announcement and close of deal. – Read on Path.
Around this time last year, I considered writing a story claiming that Facebook and Twitter were the new “homepages” for news on the Internet. It was going to be about how, if the Web had ripped out the article pages of newspapers and magazines and scattered them to the wind, Facebook and Twitter had pinched them from the air and stacked them in easy, vertical columns that were becoming our new first-look sources for the day’s events.
A year ago, social networks are the new homepage seemed like an (almost) original observation. Today, it’s just a boring fact.
In the last twelve months, traffic from home pages has dropped significantly across many websites while social media’s share of clicks has more than doubled, according to a 2013 review of the BuzzFeed Partner Network, a conglomeration of popular sites including BuzzFeed, the New York Times, and Thought Catalog.
Facebook, in particular, has opened the spigot, with its outbound links to publishers growing from 62 million to 161 million in 2013. Two years ago, Facebook and Google were equal powers in sending clicks to the BuzzFeed network’s sites. Today Facebook sends 3.5X more traffic.
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