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Insider Trading, So What?

I am in the information business, the fun part, not the *think-wrinkled* part. Financial business, is an intangible business. And anything with intangible status is sensitively proned to rumors. My fun part is that any actress who gets most media coverage is likely to get the most fees for every episode or off-air stage show. When she got caught for using drugs, then auto-reject mode is on. Her contract to many product she represents got scrapped immediately. Fire… fire… pants on liar? #eh

And then the financial business. There is actually room to deny or to correct any news, if the news bureau is gentlemen enough to post the correction. Let alone the *media abal-abal*. The complexities of one issue led to another and another and another… is that the media must be responsible and aware of the side effects. Someone’s career in jeopardize. Someone’s lives are dependent on the subject of the *rumor*. One topic that caught my attention is that there is so much rumors today than 10 years ago. There is so many people are caught on the web not-so-kind words of mouth. Gossip for actress is allowed as far as the celebrity finds is mutual for her career, even as nasty as divorce highlights for a month! For financial business, this is not the case because financial industries are working on prudency and privacy. Oh yeah, money is privacy issues. If I know how much I am worth, then I would not want to travel without masker (remember Michael Jackson’s gas mask everywhere he wore then whe he was alive?)

Okelah kalau begitu… we must focus on what’s really the issue on every subject any media highlighted on daily basis, let alone seconds (

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Ditulis oleh pada November 2, 2015 in public policy


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Masih perlukan “konsep” televisi digital di Indonesia?

Jawabannya: tidak.
Masalah dari dijalankan atau tidaknya infrastruktur televisi digital (baca: televisi terestrial digital) adalah ketersediaan frekuensi. Belajar dari “filosofi Jokowi”, menggusur berbeda dengan menggeser. Permasalahannya, penghuni frekuensi sekarang tidak rela digusur atau digeser. Alasan utamanya: tidak adanya kepastian hukum, siapa dapat apa di sektor komunikasi dan informasi ini. Mau digusur atau bahkan cuma digeser pun, mekanismenya konon terlalu ribet atau tidak transparan.

Saya cuma ingin mengingatkan saja, di saat kita semua terlena dengan konsep “televisi terestrial digital”, di saat itu pula dunia sudah memasuki era baru. Indonesia tidak berada di dalam peta global Hbb (hybrid broadcast broadband), yang perangkatnya hari ini sudah konvergensi (terpadu, atau interconnected).

Menunggu Godot? Ah… kok ya tetap pada ngotot!

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband

Baca di sini untuk konsepsi Hbb.
Baca di sini dan di sini untuk ekonomi dunia bergerak hari ini (mobile economy), and TV experience is just a small part of it… WAKE UP ALL Y’ALL!!!


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My Old Article (7): The sky’s the limit: The broadcasting law

JAKARTA (JP): Every month a new type of cellular phone is released to the public. The latest would be the one with an attachable digital camera. We are getting closer and closer to the next generation: 3G. When the world talks about new technology, we join the crowd. While they have a good plan, a solid infrastructure and the “”what next”” vision, we, unfortunately, do not have these things. Not yet.

We must hurry to catch up before digital convergence reaches its peak, but unfortunately we have less to start with. Similar in nature to the United States’ 1996 Telecommunications Act would be our Broadcast Law No. 24/1997, which has been sitting in the legislature for some time.

There is no discussion of possible technological advances there, not even a vision. The subject of discussion and debate is more similar to what was settled 100 years ago in the U.S. Here are some of the issues:

First, the Indonesia Broadcasting Commission (KPI). KPI may likely resemble the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. However, the KPI will not, or must not, have the same authority as the FCC.

Some of the FCC’s tasks were outlined in Section 303 of the Communications Act of 1934, which led to the birth of the FCC: “”(T)o classify [radio] stations and prescribe services, assign frequencies and power, approve equipment and mandate standards for levels of interference, make regulations for stations with network affiliations, prescribe qualifications for station owners and operators, levy fines and forfeitures and issue cease and desist orders.””

Additional comprehensive tasks were added as new technologies appeared — television, satellite and microwave communication, cable TV, cellular phones, wireless applications and the Internet.

In Indonesia, the KPI’s powers will be limited. The House of Representatives has suggested that frequency allocation should go to the KPI, but the government, in this case the ministry of communications and information, did not agree to this. Until now, frequency spectrum allocation has been under the Ministry of Transportation, which is also concerned with frequencies for transportation.

It is tough to decide who gets what frequency in what location. Indonesia already has 10 private TV stations (RCTI, SCTV, TPI, ANteve,Indosiar, Metro TV, TV7, Lativi, TransTV, and TV-G), and one government-owned station (TVRI). All the stations have gone national, and already reach more than 50 percent of all areas.

More repeat stations will be established in the years to come, and, if possible, new licenses will be issued for more TV stations.

However, if the KPI cannot “”assign frequencies and power”” for stations (radio or TV), how will they perform? Technological advancements in broadcasting and telecommunications are moving faster than ever. In other parts of the world, the digital compression has eased off allocations. Has the government foreseen this?

The Indonesian TV industry is different from the U.S. model. We don’t have network stations with their affiliated stations, nor independent stations. There are no cable networks with multiple channels. The TV network business model in the U.S. was rooted from the radio network, where one network can have several affiliated stations in different cities all over the country.

The FCC’s first and main task was frequency allocation for radio stations. When noncommercial organizations, such as churches and schools, pleaded to establish stations they were unable to get a frequency because most were granted to commercial stations.

Not until 1945 did the FCC clearly define frequencies for educational and nonprofit stations: 88 MHz to 92 MHz. Allocation for television was another drawn-out, conflicted issue.

Established on June 11, 1934, the FCC, whose members were appointed by the President and approved by the Congress, had to decide whether licenses could be passed to network or local stations.

Similarly, in Indonesia the government cannot decide whether allocations should be national or local. The spirit of Indonesian Law No. 22/1999 on provincial autonomy has supported frequency allocation at the provincial level.

On the other hand, the ministries of transportation and information still want to regulate it at the national level. Unfortunately, this means that provincial or community television could be limited or even banned — if it interferes in national TV frequencies.

The case of East Java’s JTV has proven this; one of its transmitting towers was shut down by the police due to interference with Indosiar.

And regarding community or public television, say goodbye to public TV. Instead welcome a new hybrid station: TVRI. State-owned but commercial television has given way to public TV, which was a title that TVRI once saw as a burden.

Many applauded the effort by Sumita Tobing, TVRI‘s president director, to make this change, while many others condemned it. Now, we must redefine the business model of public TV.

In the U.S. and many developed countries, public TV is fully funded by the government and appreciative contributors, and there are no commercials between programs. Unfortunately, TVRI has to support too many employees spread across the country, and has less money for good programs.

On the contrary, community TV, broadcasting locally or provincially, has bloomed everywhere. From the campus (Ganesha TV, ITB, Bandung) to corporate offices (Caltex, Kalimantan Timur) to JTV (East Java province), most of them are able to finance their own programs, even for one to two-hour broadcast operations. The problem arises when they use up the frequency, but only if they are not using cable for distribution.

Both public and community television station should clearly “”characterize”” the public and community they represent. The new broadcast law must consider them, not “”terminate”” them. What would happen if all mass media went commercial? The government provides no room for education and knowledge, again?

Then there are the overlooked issues. Many issues could hit the deck in time. Sex and violence must be supervised, while home taping could be copyright infringement. Overexposed children, program-length commercials, abuse of language, court TV, digital transition and convergence could be left out. Broadcast Law No. 24/1997 must clearly define and regulate these things beforehand, not afterward in the form of amendments.

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 08/01/2002 7:29 AM | Opinion

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Ditulis oleh pada Juli 21, 2013 in public policy, SCTV, technology


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My Old Article (6): Fun with cyber jargon


JAKARTA (JP): Have you ever browsed to listen to the radio program? It is real time! What is not real about the time? No millennium bug has plagued the world. This must be a pretty big bug. Millennium bug and real time along with many other new words, phrases, and terms are the product of the digital era, the new economy era.

English is very fluid, both in absorbing words from other languages and in creating new words. English is the easiest language to learn, yet for some people like me, English can be difficult to master.

With the help of an eccentric novelist, William Gibson, the word cyberspace was coined in 1984 and was then popularized. We are now familiar with many words started with the suffix cyber: cybercity, cybercafe, cyberworld, cyberpunk, cybernaut, cybersquatting, cyberwoozling, cybrarian, and many more.

The suffix cyber may have been picked from the word cybernetics, the science of communication and control theory.

How could it have been adapted from the word cybernetics? First of all, cybernetics (1960s) came before cyberspace (1980s). Cybernetics is the control systems study (of aircraft guns) designed by Nobert Wiener of MIT during the World War II. It helped pave the way for the electronic brains that we call computers. The word cyberspace (Gibson, Neuromancer, 1984) came afterwards.

Once a prominent person or a best-selling novel uses an unusual word or phrase, it seems that everyone rushes to learn and use it. Cybernetics was not as famous as cyberspace. The latter is used widely on the Net and mass media has endorsed the usage of the word. Cyberspace is only more famous, but not the first to deal with computers.

There are some other unique phrases, terms, and words that are in current use, such as arguably (Dana Scully of the X-Files used it. With her cold expression she once smiled and said, “”They arguably call it the alien.””), or FAQ (frequently asked questions), WYSIWYG (wiz-ee-wig — what you see is what you get), and many other acronyms. Acronym (from the Greek “”acro”” — in the sense of extreme or tip, and “”onyma”” or name) is the abbreviation of several words in such a way that the abbreviation itself forms a word.

The Net has introduced many other acronyms to support and speed up communication via the non-F2F (face-to-face) medium: the computer. With the expression on the face concealed behind the laptop screen, would not be easily communicated to your opponent thousand of miles away from Jakarta. Before you could touch-type the keyboard, you found it even harder to express what you needed to say promptly. “”Find the [a] on my left, and the [l] on my right, and hit [enter], then go back with [esc]””. Too complicated.

Speed is one characteristic of today’s Internet. If I can type words and as fast as my head tells me to, this would really help my interaction with others on the Net. Things have changed at the speed of light, and are changing. Anyone waiting for anything technological to be perfected into a new improved model would wait forever and be left behind.

Moore’s Law, coined by Gordon Moore (1965), states that microchips double their power (speed and overall capability) and get twice as cheap every 18 months. Back in the early 1990s, the first Internet era in Indonesia, I remember I saw “”baud rate”” on my black and white screen — now the term to measure data transmission speed is bps, bits per second.

My first and expensive Internet connection was so slow that I could sit in front of my computer while watching TV, brushing my hair, and making a cup of coffee — all at the same time. Suddenly “”NO CARRIER”” appeared as I gazed at the screen in front of me! I had been disconnected. Talk about speed!

That was then, and this is now. Many abbreviations, acronyms, words, and phrases are rushing into our everyday’s life. At the click of mouse, every time I browse the Net, I find at least five new technical words and I store them to my local kooky brain afterwards. Some of them are original, funny or weird, some of them are just derived from common English.

I have sorted these new words into several boxes. Besides acronyms and abbreviations, there are combined words, such as: Microsoft (micro from tiny and soft, short for software) or abandonware (a computer software that is no longer in favor nor is marketed by its original creator). Pixel came from picture element. Other easy-to-guess words share the root of an already common word. From the word broadcast, look out for narrowcast, multicast, unicast, and anycast.

Other technical irksome words are just the extension of an existing version. Words like these are mostly numbered or are added to with another letter. IPv6 is definitely the sequel of IP the first version and so forth. Byte grows to kilobyte, megabyte, and beyond. MP3 is not the third generation of the standard technology for compressing a sound sequence. It actually stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3. MPEG itself stands for Moving Picture Experts Group.

Some words have different meanings to the original one. When I scream “”Mouse!””, I am not referring to the squeaking animal with a funny nose. This device used with most computers apparently got its name due to being about the same size and color as a toy mouse. Today, a colorful ergonomic mouse can really be fun to grip. Cookie is the mechanism for rotating the banner ads of a website. Not as yummy as its baked version, cupcakes is a name of one application program. Java, not the island nor the coffee, is a computer programming language.

I suspect these types of words were created by some computer geeks — they who sleep when necessary, dedicate 21 hours-a-day at a computer, spend another three hours reading about it or trying to locate a configuration of numbers on pieces of post-it scattered somewhere. Surrounded by many edible and non-edible items, one guy probably just spilled his coffee and eureka! he just baptized the programming language known as Java Plus. As strong as could be, Java has made him stay awake for 10 days already.

While I am still figuring out the semantics of cyberspace, virtual reality and hyperreality, many more eerie words, phrases, and terms have taken birth. No matter what the future holds for e-linguistics, I adore Bill Gates, the guy who invented many versions of geeky words and lame monopoly-ware.

I also praise Timothy Leary, the late professor who said PC is the LSD of the 1990s. He is a ding-a-ling man who has enlightened many people with his amazing Chaos and Cyberculture. Both Bill and Tim are the originators of the new economy — as we call it today. New economy, what is new about it? Oh, don’t you get it?

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Life | Sun, December 31 2000, 7:21 AM

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Ditulis oleh pada Juli 21, 2013 in wiki journalism


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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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Belanja Iklan: Homo Erectus Toiletricus, sp

Hari ini kepemilikan pesawat TV di Amerika Serikat mulai menurun, belanja iklan untuk televisi di Indonesia tetap tinggi. Pertumbuhan iklan menurut sektor yang tertinggi adalah telekomunikasi, susu dan otomotif. Produk kecantikan (toiletries) yang saya pikir tetap tumbuh tinggi tak masuk 3 besar. Saya, sebagai warga urban Jakarta, adalah pengguna belasan macam merek dan jenis toiletri saat mandi hingga sebelum tidur. Sabun cuci tangan, sabun mandi cair, sampo, odol, obat kumur, tonik rambut, obat mata, pembersih muka dan kapas kecantikan, lotion badan, lotion tumit, pelembab malam, hingga vitamin malam. Ini hanya terhitung 3 jam sebelum tidur… bayangkan sepanjang hari sejak bangun!

Iklan membuat saya terlalu konsumtif untuk mempercantik diri (baca: menyamankan diri). Mencium wangi badan sendiri setelah seharian penat bekerja membuat pikiran sebelum tidur tenang. Iklan masuk ke pikiran kita secara kasar hingga halus, bahkan saat kita menonton film blockbuster atau klip video musik J-Lo terbaru: ada Swarovski dan BMW di situs Youtube. Produk-produk global masuk ke tayangan audio visual lingkup global. Bagaimana produk lokal seperti nasi gudeg Mbok Yam beriklan? Tentu ada pertimbangan khusus.

Pertanyaan kemudian, di tengah maraknya media sosial dunia: apakah iklan satu arah (push advertising) masih relevan hari ini? Dengan ulang tahun Telkomsel 100 juta pelanggan, yang bisa jadi sebagian kecil sudah berlangganan sambungan internet langsung, memudahkan si pelanggan mencari iklan yang ia inginkan (pull advertising). Ya, mungkin 100 juta telepon genggam bukan berarti 100 juta telepon genggam. Siapa tahu ada beberapa orang yang memiliki kartu prabayar setiap minggu atau bulan mengganti nomornya. Whatever…

Belanja iklan tak berubah banyak dari tahun ke tahun, sementara ratusan saluran TV di negeri beberapa mulai sekarat atau bahkan telah tumbang. Produk-produk konsumsi (bukan produksi) seperti toiletri telah banyak merambah jejaring sosial seperti Facebook. Berbagai permainan pun telah disertakan… mungkin satu hari nanti biaya beriklan produk-produk konsumsi tak akan memakan biaya mahal untuk “media placement” tapi lebih kepada “produksi yang lebih kreatif, gila, norak, lain dari yang lain”… it’s people matter, no more peoplemeter!


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