The Indonesian Update — Volume XVII , No.9 – September 2023 (English Version)

The September 2023 edition of the Indonesian Update presents a main report on legal clarity, the uniformity of interpretation, and differentiating indicators between hate speech and an insult. This is very important so that Article 28 Paragraph (2) of Law Number 19/2016 on the Amendments to Law Number 11/2008 concerning on Electronic Information and Transactions (UU ITE) can be applied properly and will not be misused to repress the freedom of opinion.

In the economic sector, the Indonesian Update focuses on increasing awareness for entrepreneurs and the industrial world about Local Currency Transactions (LCT), which can be carried out through a persuasive and information dissemination approach, as well as incentives that can increase the profits of exporters and importers. Apart from that, digital convenience incentives are also needed through strengthening infrastructure and payment systems and mitigating cybercrime. Next, we also discuss the implementations of the 43rd ASEAN Summit, which was held in Jakarta. It is hoped that the meeting will be able to reduce the economic freedom index score, which is considered to be still unequal in the ASEAN region.

In the political sector, the Indonesian Update discusses the evaluation of the KPU’s performance from December 2022 to September 2023. There are three main evaluation points that can be used as a discourse. The first one is that the KPU’s legal products are flawed, both from a formal and material perspective, which then has an impact on how information dissemination is carried out. The second is the matters relating to the digitization of election implementations. The third is the mechanism that the KPU created in order to respond to the phenomenon of corrupt ex-convict legislative candidates.

Next, we also look at the phenomenon of former corrupt legislative candidates from the perspective of election law. In addition, we also discuss the efforts to resolve cases of past human rights violations after President Joko Widodo launched a program to implement recommendations for non-judicial resolution for 12 past cases of serious human rights violations (HAM) in July 2023.

In the social sector, the Indonesian Update highlights the commemoration of the World Contraception Day 2023, to reduce the burden on women’s reproduction and encourage men’s participation in reproductive rights. Apart from that, we also discuss the problem of online gambling, which requires a holistic approach considering the polemics over its existence, which is not only a challenge for the society but also has aspects of economic value.

It is hoped that the monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with current themes will help policy makers in government and business institutions – as well as academic circles, think tanks and elements of civil society, both at home and abroad, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis about economic conditions, politics, social and law in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.


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