Author: Masyitha Baziad

Is Indonesia trying to have its digital cake and eat it too?
On the one hand, Indonesia seeks to become the biggest digital economy in the region and is wooing foreign investors and technology companies; while on the other, it is tightening the regulatory noose.
Indonesia tightens its censorship grip on the Internet
Indonesia’s tightening grip on the Internet goes back more than a year when the Ministry of Information and Communication unveiled a regulation to purportedly “promote safe and healthy use of the Internet.”
Indonesia’s tax crackdown on foreign Internet/ OTT companies
The Indonesian Government is cracking the whip on Internet companies that have been providing their services in the country but have not been paying taxes, with industry observers saying it is mere protectionism.
Nida Rooms zeroes in on funding for expansion
Malaysian-based virtual hotel operator Nida Rooms is looking to expand to more countries in South-East Asia and even as far afield as Latin America by the end of the year.
Indonesian taxi-hailing app pioneer Blue Bird aims to catch up
Blue Bird first launched a booking app in 2011, but only saw it as yet another platform – that has changed with the rising competition.
Malaysia and Indonesia in startup ecosystem partnership
Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to work together to develop both countries’ digital economy and startup ecosystem.
Indonesian retail giant MAP dives deep into e-commerce
After 25 years in operations, lifestyle retail giant Mitra Adi Perkasa (MAP) finally took the digital plunge by officially launching its own e-commerce site, MAP Emall.
Obama unveils US-Asean initiative to connect entrepreneurs and investors
US President Barack Obama has announced the US-Asean Connect initiative, which seeks to establish a network of hubs across the to boost economic cooperation and also connect entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses.
Setbacks aside, Jokowi continues digital economy mission with the West
Despite some recent setbacks, Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo is going to travel to San Francisco as part of his mission to establish the republic as the largest digital economy in Asean.
Small loans to tide you over till payday
From being called ‘worse than loan sharks,’ to more neutral reviews saying that it is almost impossible to get a loan from the site, fintech startup UangTeman is surviving, and indeed, seemingly thriving.
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