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Kominfo: Servers of online gambling in Indonesia based in the Philippines and Cambodia

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Jakarta, IO – The Communications and Information Ministry (Kominfo) revealed that the sum of online gambling transactions in Indonesia could reach a whopping figure of up to Rp350 trillion. The servers for this illegal activity are believed to be located in the Philippines and Cambodia.

Communications and Information Minister Budi Arie Setiadi said his ministry has been monitoring the rise of online gambling. The result, said Budi, was that it was concluded that the IP addresses of online gambling managers in Indonesia continued to change, and could be traced to locations in the Philippines and Cambodia, per Katadata, Friday (20/10).

Budi revealed that the value of online gambling transactions reached between Rp160 trillion and Rp350 trillion. Therefore, Kominfo has enlisted the help of relevant agencies to tackle the scourge.

Kominfo has even invited Meta and Google to take part in dealing with online gambling content. According to the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), as many as 2.8 million Indonesians play online slot gambling. In fact, around 2.2 million of them are students, housewives and farmers.

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“Kominfo also requested the help of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) to block 2,760 bank accounts linked to online gambling during the July 17-October 16 period,” he said.

Bank Indonesia is also collaborating in efforts to increase prevention of online gambling activities in digital payment services. Some of the methods is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor sites and identify prohibited content. (bp)

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