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My Old Article (1): Cybercity Indonesia, where no one has gone before


JAKARTA (JP): Living in today’s world, the net is open for business-big time. As big as it gets, the 21st century’s civilization builds cities on networking, virtual or real.

Now, cybercities are blooming all around the world. One of them, carefully and intelligently planned, is Malaysia Super Corridor (MSC) by Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDC).

Indonesia, with its setbacks and uproars, comes next. The city funded by L&M Investments Group and organized by PT Cybercity Indonesia will be built in Kemayoran area, the long defunct airport in Jakarta. There is also an already-established satellite city without Internet gimmick, Karawaci, built by the Lippo Group.

Although without the Net gimmick, Karawaci housing has plug-in cable network and other integrated facilities. Unlike Karawaci, the 10-hectare Kemayoran cybercity is still an empty space. The latter also claims to “”act as a hub and a locomotive bridging Indonesia and the world by creating a virtual and physical cluster of Internet-related business.””

Defining a Cybercity

What is a cybercity? Defining cybercity can be pretty tricky. To give an idea, let’s look up the word “”cyberspace”” that was coined by William Gibson in his 1984 novel Neuromancer. Cyberspace is the total interconnectedness of human beings through computers and telecommunication without regard to physical geography. Ever since the Internet became a hype all over the world in the 90s, the word “”cyber”” grows famous for any word related to the Net.

The word cybercity could mean a physical city with Internet connection, yet could mean a virtual city on the Net. If the first is taken into account, then a physical city must include five sectors of living: home, school, office, other facilities for religious, entertainment or commercial purposes, with streets to connect each and one of them. This kind of city could be added with Internet connection to intensify the “”cyberhood”” of the area-in contrast with traditional city.

A property consultant, T. Legawa, states another definition of cybercity. Cybercity is the extended version of teleport. Teleport itself is defined as the interrelated centers of broadband world. One big difference between traditional city and teleport is that teleport’s building has raise floors for computer and telecommunication cables to run freely underneath. This type of building then is 50 cm higher than traditional building. It is a smart building, he adds.

One teleport sponsored and funded entirely by private sector, Immobilien-Treuhand und vermogensahage AG, is Focus Teleport at Berlin, Germany. Another is in India, the Software Technology Park at Bangalore. This teleport was initiated and funded by the Indian Government through the Department of Electronics.

To make it short, a cybercity is probably termed as an enhanced sophisticated city in contrast with today’s existing “”traditional”” city. Cybercity is a more advanced teleport, or a smart city.

From Cyberlaw to Smart Buildings

Despite the political turbulence of the current years, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad has visioned Malaysia as a fully developed, matured and knowledge-rich country by year 2020. He phrases this as “”Vision 2020″”, a national long term objective guideline.

With this vision, Malaysia prepares Putrajaya (the new seat of government and administration), and Cyberjaya (an intelligent city for multimedia and commercial companies). As a government-appointed, government-backed corporation, MDC calls Putrajaya and Cyberjaya as highlights of MSC’s physical environment. The 15-km-wide-and-50-km long MSC project will connect the Kuala Lumpur City, the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. With worldwide partners such as Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and many others, MDC is arranging the project with three phases of establishment.

Phase 1 is more to establishing the basics: laws and regulations. A world-leading framework of Cyberlaws and intellectual property laws, they call it. Putrajaya for government office area and Cyberjaya for commercial sites are also established during this phase.

On Phase 2, MSC is ready to link itself to other cybercities (or teleports) in Malaysia and all around the world. Phase 3 would transform Malaysia to be a full-fledged knowledge-based country.

Indonesia is most likely to catch up with what Malaysia has planned and achieved. The executive committee chairman of L&M Investments Group, Edward Soeryadjaya, the son of William Soeryadjaya, founder of Astra International, would bring in strategic partners to fund Cybercity Indonesia. Soeryadjaya has already offered SingNet to take up 30 percent stake valued at US$15 million for the project.

Occupying 10 hectares site in Kemayoran area, Jakarta, this cybercity is initiating e-business, incubation, multimedia, education, technology park. PT Cybercity Indonesia has thought of B2B, B2C, ISP, and other net terms for the e-business item.

Incubation includes expertises for technical, industry, financial and business sides. Exposure of multimedia-or more than one concurrent presentation medium-is supported with broadcasting to broadband facilities. Education and Technology Park would possibly become the most essential part of a cybercity.

Last of all, since this project is funded exclusively by private sector, many aspects of this project can only touch the surface. It is difficult to foresee cyberlaw to be set forth soon by the government.

Since most attention of Indonesia’s government is focused on restructuring a bigger land, the cybercity could live up to gimmick of selling Kemayoran real estate.

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Life | Sun, December 31 2000, 7:20 AM

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Ditulis oleh pada Juli 21, 2013 in DKI Jakarta, e-business, e-commerce, planning


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Co-working, Beybeh!

I study full time (half of it physically going to class, and half of it googling my way through anything).

I work also full time (half of it at home, and half of it going to physical office in Pondok Indah or Tebet or Sudirman).


Not really. I am (sort of) co-working with real people just to have ideas of anything. Sharing information I’ve learned during waking hours of working nights. I am studying for a formal degree, yet I am also learning from virtual teachers on the net. The idea of co-working came up when the network is matured and everyone is the ultimate decision maker of herself (like me). Click here for the recent study.

This is another Wiki (sort of) governance.  A word of its own, “quick” thus somewhere but anywhere. I am not opening a working space for others, yet I am providing myself a whole lot of work at different space (still) at flexible timing. Yes, Wiki-of-everything results: good performance over own personal drive in a so-called community.


I thnik so (typo is intentional).


Wiki This!



Hari ini, hakim federal di San Fransisco, Amerika Serikat memutuskan penutupan hosting Wikileaks di Amerika Serikat, sehingga semua penyedia nama domain di sana seperti Dynadot, and harus memblokir domain ini. Yang terjadi adalah alamat tidak dapat diakses “dari depan” (from front door) tapi bisa melalui (Belgia) atau (Jerman) atau (Pulau Natal) atau alamat IP di atas yang langsung dialihkan ke mirror site.

Media sosial (social media) adalah cabang termutakhir dari kehidupan jurnalisme. Jimmy Wales (aka Jimbo, penggagas Wikipedia) menegaskan bahwa penulisan Wiki adalah bentuk dari segala pakem pemerintahan:

  • anarki: semua orang bisa melakukan apapun,
  • demokrasi: keputusan dilakukan dengan voting,
  • meritokrasi: ide terbaiklah yang menang, diputuskan karena netral dan informatif,
  • aristokrasi: orang yang paling lama berkutat di Wikipedia adalah orang yang paling didengar, dan
  • monarki: jika semua gagal, Jimmy Waleslah yang paling berkuasa.

Bentuk Jurnalisme Wiki ini tak hanya Wikipedia. Jurnalisme Wiki bisa juga ditemui dalam format “tulisan atau dokumen bocoran” dari berbagai institusi. Format bocoran informasi ini bisa ditemui di situs Wikileaks yang dirintis oleh James Chen (another Jimbo?) dan beberapa orang lain yang membelot dari China, Tibet, dan Rusia. Mereka juga dibantu oleh ahli di bidang jurnalisme, matematika dan komputer dari Amerika Serikat, Taiwan, Eropa, Australia dan Afrika Selatan. Keunikan Wikileaks adalah narasumber yang biasa dikenal dengan istilah whistleblower. Salah satu kasus whistleblower yang dimuat oleh Harian Guardian, Inggris memuat kasus korupsi dan pencucian uang di Kenya yang bocoran dokumennya diperoleh dari Wikileaks.

Jurnalisme Wiki adalah common-based media journalism atau jurnalisme oleh orang awam (commoners) dan di media siapa saja. Jurnalisme jenis ini mungkin dihentikan oleh otoritas di satu teritori, tapi hukum satu negara tidak ekstrateritorial. Dihentikan di San Fransisco, masih bisa berdiri di tempat lain. Yang terjadi kemudian adalah bagaimana otoritas di setiap teritori (baca: penegak hukum satu negara) akhirnya harus menempatkan diri dan mengambil manfaat dari gaya jurnalisme ini. Otoritas akhirnya bisa melakukan pemantauan korupsi atau kejahatan setiap institusi di dalam negaranya.

Terakhir, akurasi adalah segalanya. Bagi jurnalis media apapun hari ini juga bagi pembaca media apapun (seperti saya) yang terpenting adalah akurasi Jurnalisme Wiki. Mungkin akurasi Webster atau Britannica lebih baik, namun informasi yang disediakan Wikipedia atau Wikileaks adalah awal dari rasa ingin tahu akan apapun secara mudah dan murah. There’s always a start for a curious cat like me.


e-commerce = e-business (Part Two)

Selalu melihat satu proses manajemen dari dua sisi mata uang: internal dan eksternal. Melakukan transaksi, baik itu cara tradisional ataupun dengan cara termutakhir, tetap ada kaitannya dengan masalah internal dan eksternal.

Yang dimaksud dengan cara termutakhir adalah saat teknologi berperan. Teknologi berfungsi untuk memudahkan proses atau mempersingkat langkah-langkah kerja (dari sepuluh tahap menjadi dua tahap). Transportasi memudahkan orang berpergian antar-kota. Telepon mempersingkat langkah transaksi (orang tak perlu secara fisik berada di tempat transaksi).

E-commerce adalah istilah untuk transaksi berbasis WWW atau web, atau orang membeli buku di Sedangkan e-business lebih luas dari e-commerce. Di saat seluruh proses sebuah perusahaan, secara internal atau eksternal, berbasis web, e-mail, intranet dan segala infrastruktur terintegral, di sinilah e-business dijalankan oleh perusahaan tersebut.

Secara internal, langkah-langkah kerja perusahaan dipersingkat dan dipermudah. Tak usah terlalu banyak kertas untuk mendelegasikan tugas ke bawah. Otomatisasi absensi pabrik langsung ke komputer kantor pusat adalah tindakan efisiensi pemantauan. Salah satu dampaknya kemudian adalah struktur organisasi internal yang tak lagi gendut.

Secara eksternal, tata hubungan perusahaan dengan pemasok hingga perusahaan dengan pemerintah juga bisa menjadi lebih efisien. Sebaliknya, pemerintah juga bisa memaparkan peraturan perundangan secara lebih transparan, baik dari sisi proses pembuatan peraturan perundangan ataupun hasilnya.

Hari ini, e-business sedang berproses untuk mencari kesetimbangan dalam banyak faktor. Infrastruktur adalah faktor dengan porsi terbesar. Salah satu contohnya, tiang listrik adalah faktor utama untuk menjalankan sebuah komputer. Jika tiang telepon atau menara televisi sudah berdiri di satu daerah, namun infrastruktur listrik tidak memadai, tentu proses bisnis dengan cara termutakhir tak dapat berjalan baik di sana.

Satelit juga merupakan faktor yang harus dipertimbangkan kemudian. Rentang udara Indonesia tak mengharuskan seluruhnya menjadi kavling satelit milik Indonesia. Masih banyak infrastruktur e-business yang belum dibangun secara terpadu di negeri ini. Sebuah tantangan untuk anak bangsa…

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Ditulis oleh pada Januari 12, 2008 in e-business, e-commerce