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Indonesian Grassroots Group Promotes Internet Freedom

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, October 5 2012

A group of Indonesian bloggers is promoting Internet freedom in Southeast Asia, reports TechinAsia.

Called Saura Blogger Indonesia (Indonesian Bloggers' Voice), the group raises awareness of threats to online freedom in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries — such as Vietnam, where dissident political bloggers were recently sentenced to long terms in jail.

The online movement also looks to support the release of the Vietnamese bloggers who were arrested for criticizing the government recently. This is one of several worrying developments in curtailing net freedom to have rocked the Southeast Asia region lately. Earlier this week, the Philippines passed into law a controversial new cybercrime Act, which is deemed too vague, and may be vulnerable to abuse by authorities.

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