Paris nor Brussels! Stop
terrorism! We want to live in peace with all
regardless of their religion, color and origin. Therefore, we condemn any
kind of terrorism!
Ne više Pariz ni Brisel! Stop terorizam!
Mi želimo živjeti u miru sa svim našim
bez obzira koje su vjere, boje kože i porijekla.
Zato mi osuđujemo svaku vrstu terorizma!
Manal Saadi Postgraduate researcher in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Geneva-based UMEF University
doc.dr.Jasna Cosabic professor of IT law and EU law at Banja Luka College,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aleksandra Krstic Studied in Belgrade (Political Science) and in Moscow (Plekhanov’s IBS). Currently, a post-doctoral researcher at the Kent University in Brussels (Intl. Relations). Specialist for the
MENA-Balkans frozen and controlled conflicts.
Dr. Swaleha Sindhi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of
Baroda, India. Decorated educational practitioner Dr. Sindhi is a frequent columnist on related topics, too. She is the Vice President
of Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES). Contact:
It is an Ankara-based
journalist and notable author.
She is engaged with the leading Turkish dailies and weeklies for
nearly three decades as a columnist, intervieweer and editor.
Her words are prolifically published and quoted in Turkish,
French an English.
By İLNUR ÇEVIK Modified from the original: They killed 1 Saddam and created 1,000 others (Daily Sabah)
Aine O’Mahony Aine O'Mahony has a bachelor in Law and Political Science at
the Catholic Institute of Paris and is currently a master's student
of Leiden University in the International Studies programme.Contact:
Elodie Pichon Elodie Pichon has a
bachelor in Law and Political Science at the Catholic Institute of
Paris and is currently doing a MA in Geopolitics, territory and
Security at King's College London. Contact :
a MA candidate of the George
Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. Her
research focus is on cross-Pacific security and Asian studies,
particularly on the Sino-U.S. relations and on the foreign policy
and politics of these two.
ALESSANDRO CIPRI Born in Chile and raised in Rome, Alessandro
Cipri has just finished his postgraduate studies at the department
of War Studies of King's College London, graduating with distinction
from the Master's Degree in "Intelligence and International
Security". Having served in the Italian Army's "Alpini" mountain
troops, he has a keen interest in national security, military
strategy, insurgency theory, and terrorism studies. His Master's
dissertation was on the impact of drug trafficking on the evolution
of the Colombian FARC.
Ms. Lingbo ZHAO is a candidate of the Hong Kong Baptist
University, Department of Government and International Studies. Her
research interest includes Sino-world, Asia and cross-Pacific.
Elodie Pichon, Ms. Elodie Pichon, Research Fellow of the IFIMES Institute, DeSSA Department. This native Parisian is a Master in Geopolitics,
Territory and Security from the King’s College, London, UK.
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey currently lectures on Digital-Diplomacy. "Mo"
has benefited from a diverse career in investment banking & diplomacy, but
his passion has been the new avenues of communication. He was Bosnia &
Herzegovina's first Ambassador to the United Nations, Agent to the
International Court of Justice, Foreign Minister & Signatory of the Rome
Statute establishing the International Criminal Court. He also played
American football opting for a scholarship to Tulane University in New
Orleans after being admitted to Harvard, oh well!!
Amanda Janoo is an Alternative
Economic Policy Adviser to governments and development
organizations. Graduate from Cambridge University with an MPhil in
Development Studies, Amanda worked at the United Nations Industrial
Development Organization (UNIDO) supporting government's with
evidence-based industrial policy design for inclusive and
sustainable growth. Her research focus is on the relationship
between international trade and employment generation. She has
worked throughout Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa promoting greater
economic self-determination and empowerment.
Michael dr. Logies,
Endy Bayuni The writer, editor-in-chief of
The Jakarta Post, took part
in the Bali Civil Society and Media Forum, organized by the
Institute for Peace and Democracy and the Press Council, on Dec.5-6.
Bellevrat is the WEO Energy Analysts
Kira West Kira West is the WEO Energy Analysts
Victor Davis Hanson— NRO contributor Victor Davis
Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author,
most recently, of The Second World Wars: How the First Global
Conflict Was Fought and Won.
Chief Research Fellow at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and
International Relations (Moscow, Russia). In 1989-1991 was a member
of Soviet negotiating team at START-1 negotiations (Defense and
Ingrid Stephanie Noriega
Ingrid Stephanie Noriega is junior specialist in International
Relations, Latina of an immense passion for human rights, democratic
accountability, and conflict resolution studies as it relates to
international development for the Latin America and Middle East –
regions of her professional focus.
Syeda Dhanak Fatima Hashmi
Author is a Foreign Policy Analyst and Research Head
at a think tank based in Islamabad. She has done Master of
Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Governance and Public Policy. Her areas of
research include both regional as well as global issues of
contemporary international relations.
Zarif’s sudden resignation: The
beginning of the militarization of the Iranian diplomacy?
Bakhtyar Aljaf, Director of IFIMES
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his
resignation, a quiet diplomat and a seasoned politician, one of the
soft faces of Iran's foreign policy, for what is known as a
political wisdom who can able to bring Iran an acceptable nuclear
agreement. It was enough when the dean of diplomacy of the 20th
century Kissinger given him a copy of his book dedicated with “To my
enemy who deserves respect".
His political independence gave him a margin for political
maneuvering, which was rarely had his predecessors from the former
Iranian foreign ministers. But the mentality of the revolution seems
to be dominating the mentality of the state in Iran. The result is
that he announced his resignation on 26.02.2019 and which was
rejected from President Rohani who is reformer like him.
The possibility of the possibility of the political transformations
in Iran is closer to speculation than expected. We can’t analyze
about Iran's foreign policy without Zarif, as long as Iran today
seems to not care about the consequences of confrontation with the
President Rouhani himself may be a subjected to a scenario similar
to Zarif scenario. Eventual questioning in the parliament and the
call of former Iranian President Ahmadinejad to his impeachment and
forming a transitional government to continue confrontation with US.
The reformist movement in Iran believes that the conservatives along
with the deep state clerical establishment is convinced that if
things continue as they are internally and externally, the character
of the next president will be military. The new Leader should be a
strategic military figure such as Qasem Soleimani (Commander of the
Quds corps) or Mohsen Rezai (former commander of the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard and the current secretary of the Expediency
discernment council). General Qasem Soleimani will stay as the key
figure among others, because of his relations with the deep state,
and even externally with his relations with various political and
military movements in the Middle East) Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libanon)
connected to Iran.
Despite the many reasons discussed in the background prompted Zarif
to resign, this resignation indicate that there is a big dissidence
in the Iranian political system. At the time Zarif called for
necessity of Iran to deal with European conditions more seriously ,
the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued the most critical words to
the Europeans, and considered them as partners with the US in an
attempt to destroy Iran.
The main reason behind this resignation is the nature of dealing
with Iran's foreign policy. The bilateralism that has characterized
Iran's foreign policy since 1979. The Iranian political divergence
has caused a lot of paralysis And raise the skepticism of the
international community. When Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif uses
the language of diplomacy with others, we find the generals of the
Revolutionary Guard and the advisers of the Supreme Leader use the
language of threats and intimidation
Despite Zarif's continuous attempts to prove an independent foreign
policy away from the conservative and reformist conflict in Iran, he
did not succeed in that either. Each faction has a particular view
on Iran's foreign priorities, which in turn restricted many of
Zarif's foreign efforts. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards try to
return back the nuclear negotiations to the Supreme National
Security Council of Iran, and withdraw the file from the Iranian
The Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guards want the end of the
Trump’s presidency term, without any concessions. Any succeeded
foreign minister cannot change anything. As long as the Advisers of
Khamenei are the planners of Iran's foreign policy, the military
diplomacy will be the shape of Iran's foreign policy.
Zarif wrote in his memoirs published in 2013, entitled "Mr.
Ambassador” says "in diplomacy, you have to always smile ... but
never forget that you are talking with the enemy." He was very
realistic and regarding the nuclear agreement he thinks that the
agreement cannot be perfect, and an ideal deal for a party, it will
be catastrophic for the other party.
Zarif who was continued attacked from the both sides (Conservatives
in his country and some US officials)
Iranian conservatives described Zarif as a coward because he was
studying in the United States rather than defending his country
during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988.
US Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican who opposes the nuclear deal,
wrote a tweet about Zarif in 2015, in which he twitted “you hid in
U.S. during Iran-Iraq war while peasants & kids were marched to
Zarif’s answer was by congratulating Senator Cotton on the birth of
An experienced diplomat will be missed not only in Iran but in all
global diplomacy and how much we need like him in our world today.
Director of IFIMES
(International Institute of the consultative status with the UN)
FEBRUARY 28, 2019
From WWI to www.
It is an
honour to present to our readers our esteemed colleague Professor
Anis Bajrektarević with his newly released book From WWI to www. 1919-2019 – Less Explored aspects
of Geopolitics, Technology, Energy and Geoeconomics.
This is his 7th
authored book (4th for the US publishers and the second for the New
York-based Addleton Academic Publishers). He is both teaching and
research professor on subjects such as the Geopolitics,
International and EU Law, Sustainable Development (institutions and
instruments), and Political systems.
On the subject Geopolitical Affairs alone, professor
has over 1,200 teaching hours at his university as well as in many
countries on all meridians. His writings are frequently published,
so far in over 50 countries of all five continents, and translated
in some 20 languages worldwide. He lives in Vienna, Austria.
For his previous book by the Addleton,
Geopolitics of Technology – Is There Life after
Facebook,former Austrian Foreign
Minister Peter Jankowitsch has said: “Insightful,
compelling and original, this book is an exciting journey through
the rocky field of geopolitics. It is also a big-thinking
exploration of the least researched aspects of the discipline, which
will leave no one indifferent. This book, written by an experienced
lawyer and a former career diplomat, cleverly questions how we see
the world, and acts as an eye opener.”
And, the World Security Network’s Senior Vice
President, rt. Brig general of the German Army, close aid to the
former NATO Gen-Secretary Manfred Wörner and author of 5 books on
security, Dieter Farwick has noted: "The
presence and future of our globalised, interwoven world has become
so difficult to comprehend that many people refrain from even trying
to understand it. It is the merit of Professor Anis Bajrektarevic to
fill this gap with excellent analyses brought together in his
brilliant book. It is a must read for those who want to get a better
understanding of the complex world and who want to contribute to a
better and safer world."
Commenting the previous book of professor, Dr.
Franz Fischler, EU Commissioner (1995–04), President of the
European Forum Apbach, have stated: ”The book of prof. Anis …
will help to understand better the security structures … and can
form a base for improvements in the interrelations between … diverse
continents.” On the same title Dr.
Cheng Yu Chin,
Director, EU-China Economics and Politics Institute noted: “Excellent
news – with this book – for those who argue that European
multilateralism is a right solution … out of a lasting crisis. This
fascinating comparative read further navigates those of academia and
practitioners who want to steer us towards stabile Europe and
We, briefly, introduce some of the views of experts
in international relations and history about the newly released book
of professor Bajrektarevic From WWI to
Endorsing his newest book, Yale university doctor,
philosophy of history professor Emanuel Paparella notes:
“A year or so ago I began reading and
pondering the political writings of Prof. Anis Bajrektarevic. Plenty
of food for thought, I am still reading them. What attracted me to
them was their invariable lucidity and coherence of thought
buttressed by well reasoned and well balanced logical arguments
culminating in insightful conclusions. This is quite rare nowadays
and when encountered it comes across like a breath of fresh air.
What prevails nowadays are political tracts that often espouse and
promote an ideology, often fanatically defended tooth and nail and
in- variably leading not to dialogue or symposiums but to diatribes
generating much heat and little light… To be convinced of all this,
all that the reader has to do is pick up Bajrektarevic book and
begin reading. One will not be disappointed.”
History never ended during the last century. Anis
Bajrektarevic offers a vivid, captivating take on the wrenching,
convulsive swirl of isms, campaigns, and cultural forces that have
punctuated global affairs over the last 100 years. It's useful to be
reminded of the regular episodes of tragic hubris that define our
Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The
Based on critical analysis and pungent observations
Professor Bajrektarevic provides an eye-opening contribution to the
question what has gone wrong in Europe in the last 100 years.
His book is an overdue and uncomfortable
counter-opinion to the prevailing view and conventional wisdom in
Hannes Androsch, long-time senior minister and former
Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Member of
A complex study on geopolitical affairs, this book
gives us a key for understanding the origins of pan-European ideas,
and far beyond.
Professor successfully combines techniques of
political, historical and cultural analysis. This book may be of
interest to a wide range of scientists, politicians, diplomats,
journalists and specialists in geopolitics, international law,
geo-economics, energy policy, socio-political studies, and
technology security. In conclusion, timely, accurate, indispensable
Prof. Andrei V. Manoilo Lomonosov University, Moscow,
Political Science Faculty, Member of the Scientific Committee of the
Security Council of the Russian Federation
Comprehensive, focused and immediately useful,
From WWI to www. Geopolitics 100 Years Later is an articulate
and highly readable synthesis of current thinking on geopolitics in
a modern framework. This should be recommended reading for all
global leaders and academic professionals.
Dr. J.R. Reagan, Vice Dean at Endicott College of
International Studies(Woosong University)
Incisively provocative, "WW1 to www: Geopolitics 100
Years Later" is the definitive analysis of the last century of
Europe's transition to democratic liberalism. As an international
affairs specialist, I highly recommend it as a must-read for those
seeking an understanding of the complex of contradictions that is
the enigma of today's unified Europe.
Curtis J. Raynold, former Secretary of the UN
Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.
By looking back at history and at different topics
and issues, author proposes a very deep and rich reflection on what
rendered possible European integration and what kind of limitations
it faces today. Every scholar, student or motivated citizen
interested in the future of international relations, concerned by
the current evolutions of politics in Europe and elsewhere, should
pick up Anis Bajrektarević’s book.
Olivier Costa, Research Professor, CNRS (Bordeaux,
France) / Director of Political Studies, College of Europe
Prof. Bajrektarevic challenges us to revisit
history in a new light and take another look at current global
policies and structures. Insightful and thought provoking writings
on global issues, past and present.
Brilliant, riveting, challenging! Professor
prompts us to think deeper about history and today’s global issues
in this wonderful book.
Dimitri Neos, Executive Director, International
Affairs Forum, Washington dc
Historically, so much has happened over the last 100
years, and technologically so much is taking place every single day
that we are living in a stage of constant alert. Our society has to
deal with too many consecutive and irreversible disruptions. In the
knowledge-based and scientific era, where nanotechnology, artificial
intelligence and robotics are available as advanced technological
tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it seems unlikely that
humankind will be able to survive the idiosyncrasies of an
unpredictable IV World War.
Therefore, it is imperative to rethink a new modus
vivendi that responds to the realities and aspirations of the XXI
century. This book by Prof. A. Bajrektarevic is a timely and
in-depth reflection of our times.
Edna dos Santos Former UNCTAD Director and main co-author of the
Creative Economy Reports
Policy Advisor, United Nations Institute for
Training and Research, UNITAR
Finally, let us close with the author’s word:
Future of History
Throughout the most of human evolution both progress
as well as its horizontal transmission was extremely slow,
occasional and tedious a process. Well into the classic period of
Alexander the Macedonian and his glorious Alexandrian library, the
speed of our knowledge transfers – however moderate, analogue and
conservative – was still always surpassing snaillike cycles of our
breakthroughs. When our sporadic breakthroughs finally turned to be
faster than the velocity of their infrequent transmissions – that
very event marked a point of our departure.
Simply, our civilizations started to significantly
differentiate from each other in their respective techno-agrarian,
politico-military, ethno-religious and ideological, and economic
setups. In the eve of grand discoveries, that very event transformed
wars and famine from the low-impact and local, into the bigger and
cross-continental. Faster cycles of technological breakthroughs,
patents and discoveries than their own transfers, primarily occurred
on the Old continent.
That occurancy, with all its reorganizational
effects, radically reconfigured societies – to the point of
polarizing world onto the two: (anthropo-geographically inverted)
centar and periphery. This was a birth of Europe as we know it
For the past few centuries, peripheries lived fear
but dreamt a hope of Europeans – all for the sake of modern times.
From WWI to www. Is this modernity of internet age, with all
the suddenly reviled breakthroughs and their instant transmission,
now harbouring us in a bay of fairness, harmony and overall
Shall we stop short at the Kantian dream, or continue
to the Hobbesian realities and grasp for an objective, geopolitical
definition of our currents.
This book is my modest contribution to the most
pressing of all debates: Our common futures. I am happy if You see
it that way too.
FEBRUARY 25, 2019
Twinning Europe and Asia in Cyberspace
(the EU Legislation, ASEAN and its
Prof. Melda Kamil Ariadno and
Prof. Anis H Bajrektarević
While our troposphere is dangerously
polluted, one other space – that of intangible world, created by the
interconnected technology – follows the same pattern: a cyberspace.
Additionally, our cyberspace becomes increasingly brutalised by its
rapid monetisation and weaponisation. It mainly occurs through
privacy erosion. How to protect effectively individuals and their
fundamental human rights, and how to exercise a right for dignity
> The EU now offers a model legislation to its Member States, and by
its transformative power (spill-over) to the similar supranational
projects elsewhere (particularly ASEAN, but also the AU, OAS, SCO,
SAARC, LAS, etc.), and the rest of world.
Rules and regulations to protect
personal data do not trigger many sympathies. The corporate world
sees it as an unnecessary deterrent; as a limit to their growth –
more to pay and less or slower to yield, innovate and expand.
Governments would traditionally wish the rules should apply to every
societal stakeholder but themselves. And citizenry by large too
frequently behave benevolent, nearly careless whether their data is
harvested or safeguarded at all.
However, such legislation is needed today more than ever before. The
latest round of technological advancements was rapid, global and
uneven. No wonder that in the aftermath of the so-called
IT-revolutions, our world suffers from technological asymmetries:
assertive big corporations and omnipresent mighty governments on one
side and ordinary citizenry on the other. Even in the most advanced
democracies today – such as the EU, personal autonomy is at the huge
risk: Everyday simple, almost trivial, choices such as what to read,
which road to take, what to wear, eat, watch or listen are governed
(or at least filtered) by algorithms that run deep under the surface
of software and devices. Algoritmisation of ‘will’ is so corrosive
and deep that users are mostly unaware of the magnitude to which
daily data processing rules over their passions, drives and choices.
Clearly, technology of today serves not only a Weberian
predictability imperative – to further rationalise society. It makes
society less safe and its individuals less free.
Societies are yet to wake up to this (inconvenient) truth. In the
internet age of mobile, global and instant communications, people
tend to focus more on the ‘here-us-now’ trends: goods, services, and
experiences that the IT offers. Individuals are less interested on
the ways in which privacy is compromised by software, its
originators and devices – all which became an unnoticed but
indispensable part of modern life. Despite a wish of many to grasp
and know how data processing and harvesting affects them, population
at large yet has no appetite for details.
But, the trend is here to stay – a steady erosion of privacy: bigger
quantities of data are harvested about larger number of persons on a
daily, if not hourly basis. Corporations and the central state
authorities want more data and are less shy in how they obtain and
Prevention of the personal information misuse (PIM) —intended or
not—is the main reason the European Union (EU) introduced the new
set of provisions, as of May 2018. Hence, the General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR) – as the legislation is known – is an
ambitious attempt to further regulate digital technology, especially
in respect to the private data protection. It is of course in
conformity with provisions of both the Universal and European
Charter of Human Rights, which hold the protection of human dignity
and privacy as an indispensable, fundamental human right.
The intention of legislator behind the GDPR is twofold: to regulate
domestically as well as to inspire and galvanise internationally.
The GDPR is meant to open a new chapter in the Internet’s history at
home, while creating, at the same time, a roadmap for other state
and corporate sector actors beyond the EU. The challenge is clear:
to reconcile the rights of individuals to data protection with the
legitimate interests of business and government.
For the rest of the world, the GDPR should be predictive,
inspirational and eventually obligational. Lack of acting now could
open a space for the abuse of power – be it for illegitimate
corporate or authoritarian gains of the hidden societal actors. In
such a negative scenario – on a long run – losers are all.
Historically, victimisation of individuals (through constant
suspension of liberties and freedoms) ends up in a state or
corporate fascism, and that one in a self-destruction of society as
COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION AS POWERFUL DETERRENT
The Internet age exposes individuals in an unprecedented ways to the
domestic or foreign predatory forces. Everybody is tempted to
participate in digital economy or digital social interaction. This
cannot go without revealing personal information to large state or
non-state entities of local or international workings. If the field
is not regulated, the moment such information leaves its proprietor,
it can be easily and cheaply stored, analysed, further disseminated
and shared without any knowledge or consent of it originator.
So far, neither market forces nor the negative publicity has
seriously hindered companies and governments from tapping on and
abusing this immense power. Nothing but a bold and comprehensive
legislation is efficient deterrent, which stops the worst misuse.
Only the legal provisions to protect personal data may serve a
purpose of special and general prevention:
Be it in case a local or transnational corporate greed, governmental
negligent or malicious official, or the clandestine interaction of
the two (such as unauthorised access to personal phone and Internet
records, as well as the unverified or inaccurate health and related
data used to deny person from its insurance, loan, or work).
While totally absent elsewhere, early European attempts to legislate
a comprehensive regulatory system of personal data protection have
tired its best. Still, the EU’s Data Protection Directive of 1995
was falling short on several deliverables. (It was partly due to
early stage of internet development, when the future significance of
cyberspace was impossible to fully grasp and anticipate). Hence,
this instrument failed to comprehensively identify the wrongdoings
it sought to prevent, pre-empt and mitigate. The 1995 text also
suffered from a lack of (logical and legal) consistency when it came
to directing and instructing the individual EU member states (EU MS)
on how to domesticate data privacy and promulgate it the body of
their respective national legislation. Finally, the GDPR solves both
of these problems.
This instrument of 2018 clearly stipulates on discrimination
combating (including the politically or religiously motived
hate-contents), authentication-related identity theft, fraud,
financial crime, reputational harm (social networks mobbing,
harassments and intimidation). Moreover, the European Commission
(EC) has stated that the GDPR will strengthen the MS economies by
recovering people’s trust in the security and sincerity of digital
commerce, which has suffered lately of a numerous high-profile data
breaches and infringements.
However, the most important feature (and a legal impact) of the
GDPR is its power of being a
This means that individuals can invoke it before the MS
courts without any reference to the positive national legislation.
That guaranties both speed and integrity to this supranational
instrument – no vocatio leagis and no unnecessary
domestication of the instrument through national constituencies.
Conclusively, the 2018 instrument is further strengthened by an extra-territorial reach – a notion that make is
applicable to any entity that operates in the EU, even if entity is
not physically situated in the EU.
This practically means that each entity, in every sector and of
every size, which processes personal data of the EU citizens, must
comply with the GDPR. It obliges governments and their services (of
national or sub-national levels); health, insurance and bank
institutes; variety of Internet and mobile telephony service
providers; media outlets and other social data gathering
enterprises; labour, educational and recreational entities – in
short, any subject that collects digital information about
The GDPR further strengthens accountability principle. The state and
commercial actors hold direct and objective responsibility for a
personal data collecting, storing and processing (including its
drain or dissemination). Clearly, this EU instrument strengthens the
right for information privacy (as a part of elementary human right –
right to privacy) by protecting individuals from misappropriation of
their personal data for a harvesting, monetisation or
(socio-political) weaponisation purpose.
Namely, the GDPR gives individuals the right to request a transfer
of their personal data (account and history information) from one
commercial entity to another (e.g. from one bank or phone provider
to another). Another right is to request – at short notice and for
an unspecified reason – the commercial enterprise to stop both the
data collection and the marketing dissemination, or to demand
clarification on a marketing methods and nature of services
provided. This instrument also offers individuals the right to
request that their personal data are deleted (being zipped and sent
back to its proprietor beforehand) – as stipulated in art.17 (the
right to be forgotten).
The GDPR calls upon all operating entities to hire a data protection
officer as to ensure full compliance with the new rules. It also
invites all data collecting entities to conduct impact assessments –
in order to determine scope frequency, outreach and consequences of
personal data harvesting and processing. (For example, if certain
entity wished to introduce biometric authentication for its
employees and visitors entering daily its premises, it would need at
first to run an assessment – a study that answers on the necessity
and impact of that new system as well as the exposures it creates
and possible risk mitigation measures.)
The GDPR obliges every entity that gathers data to minimise amount
and configuration of personal data they harvest, while maximizing
the security of that data. (For instance, if the auto dealer or
travel agency requires potential customers to fill out the form to
request a price quote, the form can ask only for information
relevant to the product or services in question.)
The new legislation also mandates data gathering entities to notify
the authorities – without any delay – whenever they suspect or
witness a personal data breach. Conclusively, the GDPR obliges
entities to present the public with clean and through information
about the personal data they harvest and process—and clearly why
they do so.
On the sanction side, the GDPR supports the regulators with new
enforcement tools, including the norm setting, monitoring of and
enforcement of compliance. For a non-compliance, the instrument
prescribes steep fines.
To answer adequately the accountability standards enacted by this EU
legislation will certainly invite large data gathering entities to
bear significant investments. However, for the sake of credibility
outreach and efficiency, they will have stimuli to introduce the new
procedures and systems within the EU, but also beyond – wherever
their operations are present. Complementary to it, the GDPR
stipulates that if an entity transfers personal data out of the EU,
it must safeguard that the data is handled in the new location the
same way like within the EU. By this simple but far-reaching and
effective spill over notion, the standards embodied by the GDPR will
be delivered to the rest of the world. Hence, this instrument is not
(only) an inner code of conduct that brings an outer appeal; it is a
self-evolving and self-replicating standard of behaviour for our
common (digital) future.
ASEAN, INDO-PACIFIC, ASIA
It is obvious that the stipulations of the
GDPR would serve well interests of Republic of Indonesia (RI). That
is actually in line with a very spirit of the 1945 Constitution,
which obliges the state to protect, educate and prosper the
Indonesian people. This supreme state act clearly proclaims that the
respecting individual personal data is resting upon the two
principles of the Pancasila. Namely these of; Fair and Civilized
Humanity. Mutual grant and observance of everyone’s elementary
rights is an essence of freedom and overall advancement of society.
The government, with the mandate of its
authority to protect the public (public trust doctrine), must manage
the personal data fairly and accountably. The GDPR also encourages
the formation of an independent personal data protection supervisory
institution so that it can correct the policies and rules of the
bureaucracy and state administration to act accordingly in managing
the personal data of the population. Moreover, every democratic
government should be more proactive in protecting society when comes
to the management of the personal data of its residents.
Interestingly, the Indonesian legislation
already has instruments that follow notion of the GDPR. Thus, the
Law No. 11 on Information and Electronic Transactions of 2008 (by a
letter of its article 2) emphasizes the principle of
extra-territorial jurisdiction. (In this particular case, it is
related to the cross-border transactions. Indonesia should always
safeguard its national interests: the RI jurisdiction stretches on
any legal action that apply in Indonesia and/or carried out by
Indonesian citizens. But it also applies to legal actions carried
out outside of Indonesian jurisdiction by Indonesian citizens or a
foreigner legally residing in RI, or Indonesian legal entities and
foreign legal entities that produce legal effects in Indonesia.
This of course assumes the very nature of a
use of Information Technology for Electronic Information and
Electronic Transactions, which can be cross-territorial and even
universal. What is assumed by this Law as "harming the interests of
Indonesia" goers beyond pure national economic interests, protecting
strategic data, national dignity, defense and security, the state of
sovereignty, citizens, and Indonesian legal entities.)
When comes to the Right to be Forgotten (Right
for Privacy and Right for Dignity), Indonesia must see it as a
principle of real protection that is in the best interests of data
owners. Further on, such a right should be strengthened by the
principle of 'without undue delay', as to avoid the administrative
obligation to request a court decision to uphold the right. On a
long run, it will surely benefit businesses far more than the
personal data originators themselves.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
In line with the Right to Portability Data
elaborated by the GDPR, Indonesia also needs to closer examine the
EU instruments. Hence, the EU Regulation No.910 / 2014 concerning
electronic identification, authentication and trust services (eIDAS)
offers an idea how to harmonize the provision of digital identity
and personal data in realm of electronic communications. (Electronic
identification and authentication is a technology process that has
an economic value. Such a business opportunity should be reconciled
with a safety and security standards when comes to use of and
traffic with of personal data for commercial interests.)
Regarding security, Indonesia must immediately
have a clear policy on Cryptography to protect personal data.
Cryptography is a double-use process; it can be utilised for
civilian purposes, but it can also be used for the vital national
interests, such as defense and security. Therefore, privacy and
cybersecurity protection is a complementary concept of protection.
Holistic approach strengthens the both rights of individuals as well
as protection of national interests, rather than it ever conflicts
one over the other.
Finally, the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights
in its article 21 stipulates that the protection of personal data is
elementary part of Privacy. As one of the founding members, a
country that even hosts the Organisation’s HQ, Indonesia must
observe the notions of this Human Rights Charter. That is the
additional reason why RI has to lead by example.
The EU’s GDPR clearly encourages a paradigm
shift within the public services and government administration
services on national, subnational and supranational level for all
the ASEAN member states. It is to respect the fundamental freedoms
and liberties, a quality that will shield population from random and
ill-motivated arbitrary judgments of individual rights under the
pretext of public interest.
Indonesia and ASEAN can take a lot of learning
from the dynamics of the EU’s regulation of GDPR and e-IDAS as to
its own benefit – to foster its own security and to elevate a trust
in regional e-commerce within the ASEAN economic zone. Since the
ASEAN (if combined) is the 4th largest world economy,
this is a call of future that already starts now. After all the EU
and ASEAN – each from its side of Eurasia – are twin grand projects
of necessity, passion and vision.
Naturally, for anyone outside, Indonesia and
ASEAN are already seen as the world's e-commerce hub, of pivotal
importance far beyond the Asia-Pacific theatre.
Vienna/Jakarta 28 DEC 2018
About the authors:
Melda Kamil Ariadno(SH,
LLM, PhD) is a
Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law Universitas
Indonesia, Jakarta. She is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Law
Universitas Indonesia and the Head of Center for Sustainable Ocean
Policy. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Universitas
Indonesia in 1992. Then, she received both her LL.M. and Ph.D. from
the University of Washington in 1995 and 2011, respectively. She has
served as legalexpert for several governmental
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and global political studies, Vienna, Austria. He has authored six
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