Bali student crowned RI’s 1st Miss Internet
Dewa Ayu Windu Sari Devi, 19, was crowned the first Indonesian Miss Internet during a contest held at Harris Sunset Garden Hotel in Kuta on Saturday night.
A student at Udayana University’s School of Economics, Devi beat two other strong contenders — architect IGA Trihita Narswari, 24, and model and health ambassador Gusti Ayu Diah Permata Sari, 21.
Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, chairman of the Indonesian Association of Internet Providers (APJII), said Devi compellingly answered the jurors’ questions related to Internet usage and services in Indonesia.
Other criteria included the participants’ activities in information technology, their intellectuality and beauty, he said.
Among the jurors were Sylvia W. Sumarlin, Zulfadly Syam (chairman of APJII Bali), Adi Kusuma (CEO Biznet Networks), Tjok Aby (designer and owner of De Galuh Boutique) and Dyah Permata Sitawati (president of PT Ristra Indolab).
Sylvia, one of the jurors and a prominent figure in the Indonesian Internet community, said that men were still dominating Internet usage in Indonesia.
“I fully support women and girls who are active Internet users, as well as being at the decision-making level for Internet policy,” said Sylvia, former chairperson of APJII.
IB Kade Subhiksu, head of Bali Tourism Agency, representing Governor Made Mangku Pastika, said that Internet usage supported economic activity through increasing productivity.
The appointment of Miss Internet, Subhiksu said, would inspire other young women to benefit from advanced technology in positive and responsible ways.
“Technology may have negative impacts when it is used improperly. But it can have dramatic impacts for the advancement of society when used in the right way,” he added.
Wahid Juniarto, chairman of the organizing committee, added that Indonesia now had an Internet ambassador targeting young people to be Internet-literate.
The newly appointed Miss Internet, Devi, will have to carry out her new role as an ambassador to arouse awareness in young people of the importance of using the Internet smartly and wisely.