Indonesia was first connected to the internet in 1983 by technologist Joseph Luhukay at the University of Indonesia, where he was a faculty member. But it was only 10 years later that Sanjaya Sanjaya, then a finance industry support manager at IBM Indonesia, got the inspiration to turn the internet into something that everyone could use.
“We had our own global network, which was connected to the internet. At first peek, all I could see was a collection of research papers and conversations between university researchers,” recalled Sanjaya in an interview for a blog post by internet address registry Asia Pacific Network Information Centre(APNIC).
“I saw such a useful information-sharing tool. I thought the Indonesian people needed that and I had to provide it to them,” added Sanjaya, who is now deputy director general at APNIC.
In 1994, he left IBM to launch Indonet – Indonesia’s first commercial ISP.
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