President, Hacker and the Internet

Making the Demand Noticed the Internet Way

In the real world people with little access to power or media will make violent act, literally or metaphorically*, as a way to get noticed. In the virtual world called internet, one of such “violent” can be in the form of hacking a website owned by a prominent or influencial people. And so far as Indonesia goes, is there any more influential personality than its President (website)?


Making the Demand Noticed the Internet Way

In the real world people with little access to power or media will make violent act, literally or metaphorically*, as a way to get noticed. In the virtual world called internet, one of such “violent” can be in the form of hacking a website owned by a prominent or influencial people. And so far as Indonesia goes, is there any more influential personality than its President (website)?

Keeping that in mind, on March 17, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)’s website was hacked. Although its webmaster could make quick recovery, the hacker still got his messages heard and was recorded well by some Indonesian bloggers.

Three demands in Bahasa Indonesia were posted. I translate it for the benefit of international readers:

To
President of Republic of Indonesia
in Merdeka Palace

With due respect, we the undersigned
Name: On behalf of underground community
Address: the world where the devils gather
Nick: Qwerty

We on behalf of Indonesia underground community would like to propose several demands:

One, reduce the price of bandwith to make internet accessible to every Indonesian, do not you, Mr President, feel ashamed of China and India? They can manage the bandwith price very well despite being the most populous countries.

Two, support and implement IGOS (Indonesia Go Open Source), think about the future of this nation, upgrade the educational quality. Our future depend on them–the poors.

Three, Eradicate KKN (corruption, collusion and nepotism), pornography from our country.
We believe that you, Mr President, have witnessed with your own eyes, several calamities took place in the form of natural disasters, plane crash, sinking ship, etc. God has warned us and we should be aware of these, lest we are waiting for a bigger if not biggest disaster ahead.

Requesting that these demands are being met and implemented. Because we sure that a good leader would listen to the voice of his people.

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