Virtual Police Ala Listyo Sigit PrabowoDisorot – Rifqi Rachman, a researcher at The Indonesian Institute Center for Public Policy Research, highlighted that Commissioner General Listyo Sigit Prabowo’s plan to involve virtual police. Virtual police, as explained by Listyo, will be involved in programs to strengthen public participation in the information society scheme in cyberspace.

The program will be implemented through a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of personal data security and social media methods in a cultured and ethical manner.

Unlike the main duties and functions of cyber police, Listyo’s virtual police are actually educational and will even collaborate with influencers.

This subtle approach is a question for Rifqi.

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“This raises further questions about the urgency of forming a virtual police. When the approach through cyber police is unable to enter the ethical realm in the digital space, the formation of a virtual police with an educational approach in fact cannot be an immediate answer,” Rifqi said in a written statement on Wednesday ( 20/1/2021).

When the approach through cyber police is not able to enter the ethical realm in the digital space, the formation of a virtual police with an educational approach in fact cannot be an immediate answer.

Moreover, he said, surveillance or surveillance of citizens in the digital space is a very worrying phenomenon and is often carried out by institutions such as the police.

“These two entities may ultimately narrow the space for freedom of expression of citizens in the digital space,” he said.

Rifqi also asked about the scope of education provided by the virtual police.

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Rifqi considered that this would be difficult to implement because the concept of culture and good ethics that was used as the standard of social media in the Chief of Police’s presentation did not have clear indicators.

For example, the National Police did not immediately clarify the rule, he said, the implementation conditions that were prone to irregularities would be difficult to avoid.

Rifqi is also worried that the unclear concept of culture and good ethics will be increasingly worrisome where influencers are involved in amplifying the message carried by the virtual police.

“By only relying on the criteria of ‘having a sufficient number of followers’ as stated by Listyo, there are two possible impacts that may arise and be detrimental to citizens of internet users,” he said.

The first impact is that a massive and continuous quantity has the potential to make messages conveyed by virtual police and influencers dominate conversations or information in the digital space.

It is considered that the abundance of resources and the one command model will make the narratives generated by the virtual police and influencers difficult to match.

Then the second impact has to do with the capacity of influencers.

Rifqi explained that the phenomenon of influencers campaigning for the Ciptaker Law reminded the public that not all accounts followed by many followers have the capacity to fully understand the substance of the messages they broadcast.

“If these criteria are not immediately fixed, the case of cooperating with influencers in campaigning for the Ciptaker Law is possible to happen again,” he said.

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