Defining Human Centric Cyber Security during COVID-19 Pandemic in Southeast Asia

September 1, 2021
Government Event in Indonesia


The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Institute For Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) will organize a talk show format webinar entitled “Defining Human Centric Cyber Security during COVID-19 Pandemic in Southeast Asia,” which will be conducted on September 1, 2021, at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Bangkok/Jakarta Time). This is one of the sessions under the Southeast Asia Internet Governance Forum.

The issue of cybersecurity has become one of the homework that emerged during
the Covid-19 Pandemic both on an international scale, especially in Indonesia. As is well known, the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policy aimed at reducing the spread of the Covid-19 virus forces people to adapt to activities at home. Activities of work from home, a study from home, shopping, health consultations via telemedicine, and even worship are carried out through internet services, forcing people to transform digitally. However, cybersecurity issues in Southeast Asia Country especially in Indonesia are often overlooked in discussions of digital transformation and literacy. For nearly a year or more of the “new normal” policy was implemented, a series of bad news about the leakage and trading of private data of Indonesian citizens on the dark network was exposed to the public.

Considering that cyberspace has connected more than half of all human beings in the world, and it is a very important component in daily life, building cybersecurity must also be placed in the framework of democracy and protection of human rights that prioritizes individual protection. This is in line with the UN General Assembly (68/98) of the Government’s Expert Group on Development in the Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (UN GGE), which states that “efforts to address information and communication technology security must go hand in hand with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments.” Meanwhile, in reality so many countries especially in Indonesia misinterpret cyber security policy into tool to control society by giving state have enormous authority over cyber defense agency which potential to cause abuse of power and have impact to online freedom of expression and privacy intrusion

1. Rachel Arinii Judhistari, East Asia and ASEAN Program Manager of FORUM-ASIA;
2. Prof Vitit Muntarbhorn, Professor in Chulalongkorn University
3. Endy Bayuni, Member of Facebook Oversight Board
4. Alia Yofira Karunian, Institute For Policy Research and Advocacy – ELSAM
5. Norsalimi Shaleh, National Cyber Security Agency Malaysia
Moderator : Blandina Lintang – PurpleCode Collective

To register for the webinar, click here.