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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
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.
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.
Joko Widowo (centre, left) and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin celebrate with supporters after the ‘quick count’ results showed him the likely winner of the presidential election. Mast Irham/EPA

Joko Widodo looks set to win the Indonesia election. Now, the real power struggle begins

Jokowi's challenger, Prabowo Subianto, has vowed to contest the result and urged his supporters to the streets – and that win him leverage in the new administration.
Jokowi has maintained a double-digit lead in most recent polls, but some moderate supporters have indicated they may stay away from the polls. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesia’s presidential election: Is Jokowi ‘religious enough’ for conservative voters?

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been burnishing his religious credentials ahead of this week's election. Will it be enough to beat an old rival, the firebrand populist Prabowo Subianto?
Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attending an ovarian cancer event at Parliament House in February. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politicians need to listen up before they speak up – and listen in the right places

Knowledge is important to produce informed policy, but an understanding of people is also vital in a democracy. And that requires listening – to all sectors of society, not only elites and lobbyists.
Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (L) and Prabowo Subianto (R) shake hands during a debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 February 2019. EPA/Adi Weda

Incumbent Jokowi wins against Prabowo in Indonesia’s second presidential debate: experts respond

Prabowo Subianto spoke in normative terms and failed to criticise Joko Widodo's work.
The Chinese-funded Madura Toll Bridge was built to connect industrial zones between Surabaya and Madura. But the planned development of industrial zones at both ends of the bridge has never been realised. www.shutterstock.com

How Indonesia can avoid pitfalls of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China is keen to invest in Indonesia's infrastructure. But before signing any new, Indonesia must be certain that new physical infrastructures financed with debt will not be in vain
Yellow vest protesters want French president Emmanuel Macron to feel their pain. Is he listening? Reuters/Stephane Mahe

Shockwaves from French ‘yellow vest’ protests felt across Europe

President Emmanuel Macron has presented himself as a defender of the liberal order against the rising tide of right-wing populism. But he can't lead Europe while mass protests have France in crisis.
The Wisconsin State Capitol. Wikipedia/RAHurd

Wisconsin GOP’s power grab is a danger to democracy

Democracies survive if political norms and traditions are upheld. So the recent actions of GOP legislators in Wisconsin and other states to hamstring incoming Democrats put democracy at risk.

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