Although the economy slowed significantly from the 6%-plus growth rate recorded in 2007 and 2008, it expanded by 4% in the first half of 2009. Indonesia outperformed its regional neighbors and joined China and India as the only G20 members posting growth during the crisis. As the 4th most populated country in the world, Indonesia’s only ranked 42nd (865.309 hosts) and 10th (30.000.000 users) on the internet host and internet users, respectfully. Compared to its population, both internet hosts and internet users expected to have a boom in internet penetration. Compared to Asia’s internet penetration 19,4 % per September 2009, Indonesia’s internet users penetration was 12,5 % per September 2009.
Indonesia’s security community also plays an important role in the world. An early virus named as ‘Denzuko’ was actually made by an Indonesian student. Around 2005, Indonesia was sprawled by a local virus which differed from conventional viruses that rely on email and internet / intranet for its spreading. The notorious Indonesian virus “Rontokbro” and thousands of its variants rely heavily on spreading via UFD (USB Flash Disk). This phenomenon is caused by wide use of UFD and poor internet infrastructure in Indonesia area which covered very wide geographic region and 17.508 of separated islands.
Bali is an Indonesian island that is rich in indigenous culture. A lot of people say that Bali culture is unique and that the people of Bali have always been contented with the "now." If you ask a Balinese person what heaven is like, the probable answer will be "just like Bali". This only goes to show that most Balinese people are happy to be where they are and never worry.
One factor that contributes to this laidback lifestyle is the culture of close family ties in Bali. In the Balinese culture, support is always available. Large Balinese families are so tightly knit that all members usually reside in the same complex.
Hinduism is the main religion in Bali. The Bali culture is based on a form of this religion, which is called "Hindu Darma". This religion reached the island during the eleventh century. Most of the family customs and traditions as well as community lifestyles of the Balinese people are influenced by this. The religious influence even expands widely into the arts, which makes Bali distinct from the rest of Indonesia.
In spite of the influx of tourists to the island, Balinese people have managed to preserve their culture. Almost every native of Bali is an artist in some form or another. Parents and villagers have passed on their skills to their children, who all seem to have inclinations either to music, dance, painting and decor.
Another remarkable mark of the Bali culture is the series of ceremonies and rituals known as the Manusa Yadnya. This marks the different stages of Balinese life. Cremation is very popular on this island - and unlike in the West, death is a joyous and colorful event for the Balinese.
Indeed, Bali has a rich culture, making it distinctive from the rest of the islands in Indonesia. Bali is renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as paintings, sculptures, woodcarvings, handcrafts and performing arts. Balinese percussion orchestra music, known as gamelan, is highly developed and varied. Balinese performing arts often portray stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana but with heavy Balinese influence. Famous Balinese dances include pendet, legong, baris, topeng, barong, gong kebyar, and kecak (the monkey dance). Bali boasts one of the most diverse and innovative performing arts cultures in the world, with paid performances at thousands of temple festivals, private ceremonies or public shows.