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Tri Mumpini Wins ‘Asia’s Nobel Prize’ for Helping Poor

Indonesian social worker Tri Mumpuni is among the winners of Asia’s prestigious Magsaysay award this year for giving green technologies to the poor, organizers said on Wednesday.

Award foundation president Carmencita Abella said Tri, along with an Indian engineer and a Philippine charity group, had helped harness the technologies to empower their countrymen and worked to create waves of progressive change across Asia.

Each year six people or organizations are named joint winners of the Magsaysay award.

This year the other winners were a man who set up an Islamic school for girls in Indonesia, a lender to India’s poorest, and a man working to restore democracy in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge murdered his father.

“Working on critical issues … they are showing how commitment, competence, and collaborative leadership can truly transform individual lives and galvanize community action,” Abella said.

The award, often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize, is named after a famous Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash.

It aims to honor people who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity.

Tri Mumpuni, 46, was recognized after her IBEKA foundation built 60 small power plants harnessing the energy of water stored in dams to bring electricity to half a million people, the awards foundation said.

She was once kidnapped with her husband by former separatist rebels in Aceh province while pursuing her nongovernmental group’s project to bring electricity to rural Indonesia.

Another winner was US-trained Indian engineer Harish Hande, 44, for bringing solar lights to a country where half of all households have no electricity, the awards foundation said.

His Solar Electric Light Co.-India has tapped the sun’s energy to light up 120,000 households and is now one of the country’s largest solar technology providers.

The winners are to receive their awards in Manila on August 31.

Survey: Smartphone-Loving Indonesians Boost Internet Usage

Internet use in Indonesia this year surpassed both radio and newspaper, ranking second only to TV, according to a recent survey sanctioned by global Internet giant Yahoo.

Yahoo announced the results of their Net Index study at its Jakarta office on Tuesday.

The trend is largely driven by the increasing availability of low-cost smartphones with affordable voice and data packages. Cellphones were becoming many people’s primary tool for accessing the Internet, Yahoo said.

According to the survey, social networking was the most popular online activity for Indonesian users, at 89 percent, followed by visits to Web portals, with 72 percent, and news Web sites, with 61 percent.

While the figures were influenced by 15 to 24-year-olds, who were interested in accessing entertainment like games and music downloads, the survey found middle-aged users actually went online more frequently than young people.

The results revealed a shift in social networking activities and online transactions, said Suresh Subramanian, who is deputy managing director of TNS Indonesia, the global market information and insight group that conducted the study.

64% of Internet users in Indonesia aged 15 to 19

Sixty-four percent of internet users in Indonesia are youths aged between 15 and 19 years old, an official from the ministry of communications and informatics said.

“Around 28 million people who access internet services are young people,” the secretary of the Directorate General of Application of Informatics, Djoko Agung Harijadi, said at a meeting to familiarize law of funds transfer here on Thursday.

Djoko said the number of internet users in Indonesia reached 45 millions. “More and more Indonesians have become internet users,” he said.
As the service has become a means needed by the people and its presence is unavoidable, Djoko advised the people to exercise wisdom to assure that it is used for positive purposes.

He said internet service had not only encouraged transformation of the real world into the cyber world but also facilitated the formation of networks and constructive and productive cyberspace life.

“The presence of internet service has brought an added value and it is getting wider,” he side.

Regarding funds transfer through the internet service Djoko said that “it is vulnerable to being misused for a cybercrime and therefore it requires an electronic system which is supported by a good security system,” he said.

Google ‘to open Indonesia office before 2012’

Google plans to open an office in Indonesia soon as it looks to tap the country’s huge growth in Internet users, the office of the country’s vice president said Friday.
The announcement came after talks between Eric Schmidt, chairman of the US Internet giant, met Vice President Boediono in Jakarta, a spokesman said.
“The Vice President and Google’s chairman held a meeting where Google expressed their interest to invest here and open a local office before 2012,” the spokesman Yopie Hidayat told Dow Jones Newswires.
However, he did not give an exact time frame for opening.
Of Indonesia’s population of more than 230 million, just 40 million were connected to the Internet, making the country an attractive market for web firms.
A study by Google rival Yahoo! found that Indonesia is the largest and fastest growing online market in Southeast Asia, with online usage growth of 48 percent in 2010, compared to 22 percent in 2009.
The country is also ranked third with the most registered Facebook users — after the US and Britain — with more than 22 million users.
“You already have large Facebook and Twitter communities. You have very high Google use already,” he told reporters after the meeting.
“There are 50 million small businesses in Indonesia, I had no idea it was that large. Those (small businesses) will be the engine of growth for the future economy,” he added.
Google Asia Business Development director Emmanuel Sauquet said last year that Indonesia was “the right place for us to come” due to its fastest economy growth.

SBY: be open-minded about Facebook and Twitter

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Tuesday urged South-East Asian countries to embrace social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter to promote people-to-people contact.
Yudhoyono said that unlike four decades ago, the frequency and depth of contacts between citizens through technology now far exceeded the formal contacts between government officials.
‘Indonesia, being the world’s second-largest Facebook nation and third-largest for Twitter, knows this very well,’ Yudhoyono said in a speech opening a meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
‘There is no government in the world that has all the answers to this new trend,’ he said. ‘ASEAN too must get into the act: We must be creative and open-minded in harnessing the power of technology to promote people-to-people contact.’
He said the establishment of an ASEAN blogger community was one innovative idea.
Facebook and Twitter have become popular in Indonesia thanks to the increasing affordability of mobile devices and internet plans.
Yudhoyono’s government has been at the receiving end of daily criticism on social media. Concerns over the power of Twitter and Facebook have prompted Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring to suggest stricter controls of the internet.
‘Don’t let uprisings, like what happened to Tunisia and Libya – who failed in controlling the social media like Facebook and Twitter – happen to us,’ Sembiring was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Globe newspaper last week.

Anger Over Arrests of iPad Sellers

The Indonesian Police on Saturday came under sharp public criticism following the recent arrests of two students accused of selling iPads on an online forum without providing Indonesian manuals for the gadgets.

Both Dian Yudha Negara and Randy Lester Samu, students at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), were detained at Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary, after police accused them of violating existing regulations for selling used iPads on Kaskus, an online forum, without providing Indonesian manuals.
Source: Tempointeractive
Blogger Enda Nasution pointed out the police had over-reacted.
“They [Dian and Randy] are just commoners. Not smugglers selling off hundreds of billions worth of [illegal] goods,” Enda said.

Separately Indonesian movie director Joko Anwar voiced out his disapproval on the microblogging social Web site, Twitter. Under the key name #FreeDianRandy, which is slowly gaining popularity on the site, Joko tweeted: “New gadgets come out everyday, while the [existing] regulation was last updated 12 years ago. How can they get arrested for not providing manuals for iPads sold on Kaskus?”

Both Dian and Randy bought iPads when they vacationed in Singapore late last year, only to decide upon returning to Indonesia that they would rather sell these pricey gadgets off on Kaskus.

They ended up being contacted by a potential client and ended up meeting the man at City Walk Mall in Central Jakarta. The deal was a cash-on-delivery transaction, and involved two 64 gigabyte iPads and six 16 gigabyte iPads. The potential client happened to be none other than a police officer, who arrested them for selling off iPads without Indonesian manuals.

Anger Over Arrests of iPad Sellers

The Indonesian Police on Saturday came under sharp public criticism following the recent arrests of two students accused of selling iPads on an online forum without providing Indonesian manuals for the gadgets.

Both Dian Yudha Negara and Randy Lester Samu, students at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), were detained at Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary, after police accused them of violating existing regulations for selling used iPads on Kaskus, an online forum, without providing Indonesian manuals.
Source: Tempointeractive
Blogger Enda Nasution pointed out the police had over-reacted.
“They [Dian and Randy] are just commoners. Not smugglers selling off hundreds of billions worth of [illegal] goods,” Enda said.

Separately Indonesian movie director Joko Anwar voiced out his disapproval on the microblogging social Web site, Twitter. Under the key name #FreeDianRandy, which is slowly gaining popularity on the site, Joko tweeted: “New gadgets come out everyday, while the [existing] regulation was last updated 12 years ago. How can they get arrested for not providing manuals for iPads sold on Kaskus?”

Both Dian and Randy bought iPads when they vacationed in Singapore late last year, only to decide upon returning to Indonesia that they would rather sell these pricey gadgets off on Kaskus.

They ended up being contacted by a potential client and ended up meeting the man at City Walk Mall in Central Jakarta. The deal was a cash-on-delivery transaction, and involved two 64 gigabyte iPads and six 16 gigabyte iPads. The potential client happened to be none other than a police officer, who arrested them for selling off iPads without Indonesian manuals.

Anger Over Arrests of iPad Sellers

The Indonesian Police on Saturday came under sharp public criticism following the recent arrests of two students accused of selling iPads on an online forum without providing Indonesian manuals for the gadgets.

Both Dian Yudha Negara and Randy Lester Samu, students at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), were detained at Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary, after police accused them of violating existing regulations for selling used iPads on Kaskus, an online forum, without providing Indonesian manuals.
Source: Tempointeractive
Blogger Enda Nasution pointed out the police had over-reacted.
“They [Dian and Randy] are just commoners. Not smugglers selling off hundreds of billions worth of [illegal] goods,” Enda said.

Separately Indonesian movie director Joko Anwar voiced out his disapproval on the microblogging social Web site, Twitter. Under the key name #FreeDianRandy, which is slowly gaining popularity on the site, Joko tweeted: “New gadgets come out everyday, while the [existing] regulation was last updated 12 years ago. How can they get arrested for not providing manuals for iPads sold on Kaskus?”

Both Dian and Randy bought iPads when they vacationed in Singapore late last year, only to decide upon returning to Indonesia that they would rather sell these pricey gadgets off on Kaskus.

They ended up being contacted by a potential client and ended up meeting the man at City Walk Mall in Central Jakarta. The deal was a cash-on-delivery transaction, and involved two 64 gigabyte iPads and six 16 gigabyte iPads. The potential client happened to be none other than a police officer, who arrested them for selling off iPads without Indonesian manuals.

Anger Over Arrests of iPad Sellers

The Indonesian Police on Saturday came under sharp public criticism following the recent arrests of two students accused of selling iPads on an online forum without providing Indonesian manuals for the gadgets.

Both Dian Yudha Negara and Randy Lester Samu, students at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), were detained at Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary, after police accused them of violating existing regulations for selling used iPads on Kaskus, an online forum, without providing Indonesian manuals.
Source: Tempointeractive
Blogger Enda Nasution pointed out the police had over-reacted.
“They [Dian and Randy] are just commoners. Not smugglers selling off hundreds of billions worth of [illegal] goods,” Enda said.

Separately Indonesian movie director Joko Anwar voiced out his disapproval on the microblogging social Web site, Twitter. Under the key name #FreeDianRandy, which is slowly gaining popularity on the site, Joko tweeted: “New gadgets come out everyday, while the [existing] regulation was last updated 12 years ago. How can they get arrested for not providing manuals for iPads sold on Kaskus?”

Both Dian and Randy bought iPads when they vacationed in Singapore late last year, only to decide upon returning to Indonesia that they would rather sell these pricey gadgets off on Kaskus.

They ended up being contacted by a potential client and ended up meeting the man at City Walk Mall in Central Jakarta. The deal was a cash-on-delivery transaction, and involved two 64 gigabyte iPads and six 16 gigabyte iPads. The potential client happened to be none other than a police officer, who arrested them for selling off iPads without Indonesian manuals.

Anger Over Arrests of iPad Sellers

The Indonesian Police on Saturday came under sharp public criticism following the recent arrests of two students accused of selling iPads on an online forum without providing Indonesian manuals for the gadgets.

Both Dian Yudha Negara and Randy Lester Samu, students at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), were detained at Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary, after police accused them of violating existing regulations for selling used iPads on Kaskus, an online forum, without providing Indonesian manuals.
Source: Tempointeractive
Blogger Enda Nasution pointed out the police had over-reacted.
“They [Dian and Randy] are just commoners. Not smugglers selling off hundreds of billions worth of [illegal] goods,” Enda said.

Separately Indonesian movie director Joko Anwar voiced out his disapproval on the microblogging social Web site, Twitter. Under the key name #FreeDianRandy, which is slowly gaining popularity on the site, Joko tweeted: “New gadgets come out everyday, while the [existing] regulation was last updated 12 years ago. How can they get arrested for not providing manuals for iPads sold on Kaskus?”

Both Dian and Randy bought iPads when they vacationed in Singapore late last year, only to decide upon returning to Indonesia that they would rather sell these pricey gadgets off on Kaskus.

They ended up being contacted by a potential client and ended up meeting the man at City Walk Mall in Central Jakarta. The deal was a cash-on-delivery transaction, and involved two 64 gigabyte iPads and six 16 gigabyte iPads. The potential client happened to be none other than a police officer, who arrested them for selling off iPads without Indonesian manuals.