Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Southeast Asia User’s Privacy #DearMark #FixFacebook

To: Facebook
Subject: Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

April 15, 2018

Dear Mark,

We have followed the latest developments related to Facebook’s abuse of its users’ data by a third party, i.e. Cambridge Analytica political consultant. We understand that the data of 1,096,666 users of this application from Indonesia and 1,175,870 user data from the Philippines also became part of the data used to futher the political interests of Donald Trump campaign during the 2016 US elections. See: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/04/restricting-data-access/

We have also been following information related to Facebook’s role in spreading hate speech against Rohingnya ethnic minorities in Myanmar, where 6,700 have been killed and 645,000 forced to seek refuge in Bangladesh.  See: https://theconversation.com/unliked-how-facebook-is-playing-a-part-in-the-rohingya-genocide-89523

For the citizens of Indonesia, Facebook has become a medium for citizens to share, not only personal things, but also a space for discussion, something we can enjoy after the 1998 Reform in Indonesia. With more than 140 million internet users in Indonesia until January 2018, we cannot deny that Facebook has become a popular medium for people to participate in the process of creating a better democracy in our country.

Nevertheless, neither can we turn a blind eye that just like in Myanmar, Facebook in Indonesia is also a favorite place for the spread of false information and hate speech, thus also creating democratic threats.

We have been closely monitoring how Facebook also becomes a space for persecutors and hate-propagators in the name of politics and religion to usurp the rights of others for expression, especially those from minority and marginalized groups. See: http://safenetvoice.org/2018/03/monitoring-the-muslim-cyber-army-activities/

Considering the situation above, we ask Mr Zuckerberg as the CEO of Facebook to do the following three things:

  1. Facebook must ensure the security of the users’ personal data and not provide it to third parties, in order to prevent misuse which may lead to the political and economic benefits of certain parties.
  2. Facebook should immediately conduct an audit regarding the use of personal data by third parties, by Cambridge Analytica and other similar applications, and report the audit results openly to the public.
  3. Facebook must implement stricter data protection mechanisms so Facebook does not become a space to spread hate or seize other human rights (persecution).

We the undersigned,

Organizations:

  1. Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), Indonesia
  2. Relawan TIK Komisariat UPGRIS, Indonesia
  3. Yayasan BUMI, Samarinda, Indonesia
  4. MADE (Make Aware Digital Etiquette), Indonesia
  5. EngageMedia, Indonesia
  6. Remotivi, Indonesia
  7. Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG), Indonesia
  8. Tifa Foundation, Indonesia
  9. Common Room Networks Foundation, Indonesia
  10. Community Action Network (CAN), Singapore
  11. Serikat Jurnalis untuk Keberagaman (SEJUK), Indonesia
  12. Indonesia Voice of Women (InVow), Indonesia
  13. LBH Pers, Indonesia
  14. Peace Women Across the Globe (PWAG), Indonesia
  15. Baramkini, Malaysia
  16. Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), Indonesia
  17. BaleBengong, Indonesia
  18. Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (KontraS), Indonesia
  19. Pekanbaru Smart Community, Indonesia
  20. Relawan TIK Jember, Indonesia
  21. SAPA, Indonesia
  22. Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), Indonesia

 

Individuals:

  1. Wijayanto, Semarang, Indonesia
  2. Muhammad Fadli, Samarinda, Indonesia
  3. Erick Gafar, (blogger sociogeek), Indonesia
  4. Eddy Prayitno, (blogger mataharitimoer.id), Indonesia
  5. Pitra Hutomo, (uripurup.id), Indonesia
  6. Shela Aru Audivya, Semarang, Indonesia
  7. Suci Indah Pratiwi, Semarang, Indonesia
  8. Hendrik Safidin, Semarang, Indonesia
  9. Junius Aditya, Semarang, Indonesia
  10. Marra Mutiara, Semarang, Indonesia
  11. Mustagfirin, Semarang, Indonesia
  12. Aditya Putra Jalasena, Semarang, Indonesia
  13. Yolland Aviany, Semarang, Indonesia
  14. Isa Surya Aji, Semarang, Indonesia
  15. Muhammad Amirul Mu’minin, Semarang, Indonesia
  16. Galeshka, Jakarta, Indonesia
  17. Ayi Sumarna, Bandung, Indonesia
  18. Hidayatut Thoyyibah, Kulonprogo DIY Indonesia
  19. Sulistyowati Irianto, Jakarta, Indonesia
  20. Rian Sibarani, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
  21. Denden Sofiudin, Temanggung, Indonesia
  22. Abdul Qowi Bastian, Jakarta, Indonesia
  23. Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Malaysia
  24. Roy Ngerng, Singapore
  25. Nadia Putriani, Indonesia
  26. Moh. Syarofuddin Ismail, Indonesia
  27. Adi Rianto, Indonesia
  28. Taufan Anwari, Indonesia
  29. Haris Bagus Mawardhi, Indonesia
  30. Davi Ul Khasanah, Indonesia
  31. Andriawan Imam S, Indonesia
  32. Anggara Suwahju, Indonesia
  33. Surya Anta, Indonesia
  34. Caroline Monteiro, Indonesia
  35. Vincy How, Malaysia
  36. Y. Hesthi Murthi, Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia
  37. Tuy Sythieng, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  38. UmKen Kanhasophary, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  39. Nut Sophal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  40. Om Manith, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  41. On Meng, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  42. Hun Kim Seng, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  43. Triwidiyanti Prasetiyo, Denpasar, Indonesia
  44. Estu Fanani, Bantul DIY, Indonesia
  45. Febrina Galuh, Jakarta, Indonesia
  46. Luh De S., Denpasar, Indonesia
  47. Ignatius Haryanto, Jakarta, Indonesia
  48. Ika Ningtyas, Banyuwangi, Indonesia\
  49. Valentina Sri Wijiyati, Sleman DIY, Indonesia
  50. Mel Panjaitan, Jakarta, Indonesia
  51. Rais Saputra, Balikpapan, Indonesia
  52. Robit Mikrojul Huda (Blogger, robit.id), Indonesia
  53. Egi Adithia Pradana, Bogor, Indonesia
  54. Kiki Rizkiyah, Indonesia
  55. Made Somya, Denpasar, Indonesia
  56. Aziz Dumpa, Makassar, Indonesia
  57. Endang Setiowati, Indonesia
  58. Susy Rizky, Bekasi, Indonesia
  59. Ervani Emihandayani, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  60. Firsty Ukhti Molyndi (blogger molzania.com), Palembang, Indonesia
  61. S. Amalia Ahmad, Jakarta, Indonesia
  62. Titut Mulyono, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  63. Supriyadi, Surabaya, Indonesia
  64. Wahyu Eka Setiawan, Indonesia
  65. Yuni Asriyanti, Indonesia
  66. Sulistya Sugiarto, Bogor, Indonesia
  67. Wahyu Eka Setyawan, Indonesia
  68. Suzan Oktaria, Palembang, Indonesia
  69. Benny Y. Hutagaol, Indonesia
  70. Chairil Asfar Aziz, Indonesia
  71. Suzie Sudarman, Indonesia
  72. Maeda Yoppy, Indonesia
  73. Manik Sukoco, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  74. Ulil Albab, Jember, Indonesia
  75. Evie Permatasari, Indonesia
  76. Asfinawati, Indonesia
  77. Muhammad Isnur, Indonesia

 

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