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There are more than 33 million students in Indonesia’s public schools, while the number of those enrolled in universities amounts to around seven million. www.shutterstock.com

Scholars: Indonesia needs to accommodate students’ passion and protect their freedom

The lack of safe spaces for students to express themselves and explore their academic passions can be seen as a reason why Indonesia doesn't perform well in global education indexes.
Alleged terrorist Abu Bakar Bashir arrives at the South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, amid heavy security on March 10, 2011. Karlis Salna/AAP

How do terrorists fund their activities? Some do it legally

Terrorism networks employ both legal and illegal ways to fund their activities. Their use of legal businesses seems to be on the rise.
Mella Jaarsma, The landscaper 2013, costume: wood, paint, iron and leather, single-channel video: 3:40 minutes, colour, sound. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2018. Photo by Mie Cornoedus

Indonesian art is fresh, energetic and lively. Why do we not see more of it?

The exhibition Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia has many wonderful works. But it is an exception - despite our close proximity, there are few opportunities for Australians to engage with Indonesian art.
Palm oil plantation in Cigudeg, Bogor, 2008. Achmad Rabin Taim/Flickr

The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

Demand for palm and other vegetable oils is rising sharply, raising questions about which ones will be produced, who will control their production and sale, and where they will be grown.
Digital literacy movements require collaboration between the government, social media platforms and the public. www.shutterstock.com

Combating disinformation in Indonesia

Collaborations between the government, communities, and social media platforms are essential to establish a successful national digital literacy movement
Indonesian Muslims hold candles during a memorial service on the first anniversary of suicide bombing attacks at Santa Maria Catholic Church in Surabaya, East Java. Fully Handoko/EPA

Understanding intolerance with a better research method

It is important to understand the issues of intolerance through statistics. But it is crucial to dig deeper to understand why a person becomes intolerant.
An exterior view of the Indonesian Constitusional Court building in Jakarta. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Prabowo challenges Indonesia’s poll result at Constitutional Court but doubts its impartiality. New research confirms the court’s fairness

Providing the first empirical analysis of the court's performance in high-profile cases between 2004 and 2016, our research indicates that its independence from the government remains intact.
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (central) greets supporters after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 April 2019. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesia’s presidential election dispute: Prabowo’s plan to challenge election result may be in vain

Indonesia's General Election Commission (KPU) has announced incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's victory in 2019 presidential election. His opponent Prabowo Subianto, plans to challenge the result. Here's why it will likely end up in vain.
Protesters clash with police outside the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) building in Jakarta following the announcement of the Indonesian presidential election result on 22 May 2019. Adi Weda/EPA

More responsive journalism – not social media ban – is needed to fight disinformation in Indonesia

Post-election riots in Jakarta prompted Indonesia to limit social media access. But this also hampers verified information from credible media reaching the public.

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