Indonesia to develop web crawler blocking online gambling sites. Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has announced plans to create a web crawler to specifically search for and prevent people from accessing online gambling websites.
The ministry currently operates a “internet crawler” with its special team Cyber Drone 9, which is used to systematically scan for derogatory material on the Internet, especially those linked to pornography and radicalism.
So far the government has never directly blocked websites, but has asked Internet operators to block those contents that violate Indonesia ‘s law.
At a meeting with lawmakers at the House of Representatives, the ministry’s Information Applications Director General Semuel Pangerapan, told them about the ministry’s plan to include online gambling under control.
“We also want (contents related to) gambling to be controlled this way,” Pangerapan said.
“We will propose its budget next year, for a stronger machine to control,” he said, adding that with the machine, the government can directly block the websites.
The ministry is proposing 1 trillion Indonesian rupiahs (US$69.5 million) for the machine in 2021.
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