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Urban Light by Christ Burden at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Rabbit Town displays a similar installation that allegedly copies Burden’s work. Terry Robinscon/Flickr

Redefining travel at Indonesia’s selfie destination, Rabbit Town

Travelling will never be the same with the advances of communication technology. The recently opened theme park Rabbit Town shows this.
High-tech startup success stories shouldn’t hide that the Indonesian economy and population are relying primarily on a myriad of micro and small businesses that are low-tech and low-growth. Mast Irham/EPA

‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ and supporting digital startups is good, but what about the small low-tech entrepreneurs?

Micro-entrepreneurs make up the bulk of the Indonesian economy and population. But red tape and corruption are keeping them from entering the 'formal' sector.
Indonesia’s former president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left), and current president, Joko Widodo, had activists and scholars supporting their presidential campaigns. Many of them have since been given special staff positions in the administration. Adi Weda/EPA

Indonesia’s predatory politics neuter former activists’ attempts at reform from within the system

Many activists have entered politics in the two decades of Indonesia's democratisation. But this hasn't improved the quality of democracy in the country.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrive for photographs ahead of a bilateral meeting during the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney on March 17, 2018. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Deciphering Jokowi’s Javanese card in ASEAN-Australia relations

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's statement on inviting Australia to join ASEAN has raised speculations that he was just being Javanese. This is the background to that statement.
Punk Muslim members from Surabaya and Jakarta gather together for their event ‘Ngobrol Bareng Punk Muslim’ in Jakarta on January 15 2017. Hikmawan Saefullah

Punks are not dead in Indonesia, they’ve turned to Islam

The emergence of the Islamic movement in the Indonesian underground music scene has drawn a lot of people’s attention. What factors are driving the underground youths, especially punks, to religion?
Increasing prices to levels that reflect the costs of production sends a signal that electricity is a valuable commodity. www.shutterstock.com

Indonesia’s electricity subsidy reforms led to improved efficiency

Indonesia will freeze electricity prices until the end of 2019, a presidential election year. Research shows that earlier cuts to electricity subsidies led to improved efficiency in electricity use.
The city’s poorest residents, living on the most marginal land, experience higher exposure to flooding and poorer-quality water. Bagus Indahono/AAP

Why the rich in Jakarta have better access to water than the poor – it’s not the piped network

While it is true that the poorest residents of the city are not connected to the piped water network, neither are the richest. Then what causes water inequalities?
Jakarta’s traffic system is one of many facets of the city that could be improved by smart cities technologies, but at what cost? Vasenka Photography/Flickr

Three scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing smart cities

Governments are using Big Data to design improvements and upgrades of cities. But ethical questions need to be considered, lest we end up jeopardising citizens' privacy or deepen social inequalities.
It has been called “the single most astonishing fact of human geography” – East African islands the Comoros and Madagascar have both African and Asian influences. www.shutterstock.com

How the Banjar people of Borneo became ancestors of the Malagasy and Comorian people

This research reconciled data and hypotheses from linguistic, archeological and genetic research on the settlement of the Comoros and Madagascar.

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