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Oct 13, 2021

The threat of cyber troops

Illustration of ‘pro’ and ‘contra’ buzzers, featured in one of the growing number of news articles explaining the role of buzzers in Indonesian politics (Suara.com, 14 October 2019) / Suara.com/Iqbal Asaputro

Social media propaganda is increasingly common, weakening Indonesia’s democracy

By YATUN SASTRAMIDJAJA, WARD BERENSCHOT, WIJAYANTO & ISMAIL FAHMI

Oct 21, 2021

Ancaman pasukan siber

/ Suara.com/Iqbal Asaputro

Propaganda membanjiri media sosial, melemahkan demokrasi Indonesia

By YATUN SASTRAMIDJAJA, WARD BERENSCHOT, WIJAYANTO & ISMAIL FAHMI

Oct 13, 2021

Organisation and funding of social media propaganda

The desk of a buzzer, with dozens of phone cards and seven mobile phones / Wijayanto

Politicians and entrepreneurs spend big on hiring online mercenaries, or ‘buzzers’, to manipulate public opinion on social media in their favour

By WIJAYANTO & WARD BERENSCHOT

Oct 19, 2021

Pengorganisasian dan pendanaan propaganda media sosial

Meja seorang buzzer, terhampar lusinan kartu ponsel dan tujuh ponsel / Wijayanto

Politisi dan pengusaha menggelontorkan banyak uang untuk menyewa pasukan siber bayaran, atau ‘buzzer’

By WIJAYANTO & WARD BERENSCHOT

Oct 13, 2021

Election campaigns and cyber troops

Supporters rally behind the hashtag movement #2019GantiPresident (‘Change the President in 2019’) at the National Monument in Jakarta, 6 May 2018 /  ANTARA/Muhammad Iqbal

The election campaigns of both Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto relied on social media propaganda to shape public perceptions

By ALI NUR ALIZEN & MAARIF SETIADI FAJAR

Oct 13, 2021

Cyber mercenaries vs the KPK

Map of online news covering the ‘KPK is a Taliban hotbed’ story, showing how mainstream media amplified the cyber troop campaign to garner public support for the KPK Law revision / Drone Emprit

Cyber troops spread disinformation to gain public support for the KPK Law revision

By WIJAYANTO & ALBANIK MAIZAR

Oct 13, 2021

Pasukan siber bayaran vs KPK

Map of online news covering the ‘KPK is a Taliban hotbed’ story, showing how mainstream media amplified the cyber troop campaign to garner public support for the KPK Law revision / Drone Emprit

Bagaimana pasukan siber menyebarkan disinformasi untuk mendapatkan dukungan publik untuk revisi UU KPK

By WIJAYANTO & ALBANIK MAIZAR

Oct 13, 2021

Normalising the New Normal

TransJakarta bus stops packed with passengers; employees were required to work from office during the New Normal period (June 2020) /  kumparan/Iman Taufiq Hidayatullah

The government’s New Normal campaign has been lucrative business for buzzers

By PRADIPA P. RASIDI & WIJAYANTO

Oct 13, 2021

Selling the Omnibus Law on Job Creation

A protester raises the Indonesian flag during the Omnibus Law protest / TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman

The role of cyber troops in promoting Indonesia’s controversial pro-business bill

By LAILUDDIN MUFTI & PRADIPA P. RASIDI

Oct 13, 2021

A ‘digital coup’ inside Partai Demokrat

Moeldoko delivering his speech at the Democratic Party’s extraordinary congress / Detik.com

Buzzers paved the way for an orchestrated takeover of the Democratic Party

By WIJAYANTO

Oct 13, 2021

Languages of propaganda

A statue of Garuda Pancasila, a symbol of the Indonesian nation-state, being painted and finished by a craftsman /  merdeka.com/Iqbal S. Nugroho

Cyber troops both for and against the government leverage Pancasila as a weapon in their pseudo-moral bickering

By PRADIPA P RASIDI & KHOIRUN NISA AULIA SUKMANI

Oct 13, 2021

Beating the buzzers

‘Anti-hoax’ demonstration by civil society group MAFINDO that aims to strengthen Indonesians’ digital literacy and resilience to online manipulation / Mafindo.or.id

Despite growing public awareness of the threat of cyber troops, effective institutional responses are lacking

By YATUN SASTRAMIDJAJA

Nov 23, 2021

Merchants and entrepreneurs

Hüttenbach in Medan in 1880s / KITLV Album Or. 27.377

Jews in Sumatra in the colonial period

By BUDIMAN MINASNY & JOSH STENBERG

Nov 17, 2021

'Spilling the tea' on sexual violence

Protesters in support of the Elimination of Sexual Violence Bill in Bandung July 2020 / Antara Foto_Novrian Arbi

Education Minister Nadiem Makarim’s recent acknowledgement of a ‘sexual violence pandemic’ on...

By ANDI MISBAHUL PRATIWI & NIKODEMUS NIKO

Nov 08, 2021

Reinforcing gendered roles in lockdown abroad

Agung Rajasa/ ANTARA FOTO

The experiences of Indonesian migrant mothers in NZ’s pandemic reveal that the...

By NELLY MARTIN-ANATIAS, ET AL.

Oct 09, 2021

The isolation poems by Putu Oka Sukanta

Supplied by Putu Oka Sukanta. Photograph by Lara Norgaard.

Poems by Putu Oka Sukanta were translated by Vannessa Hearman and Kiernan Box with...

By PUTU OKA SUKANTA, VANNESSA HEARMAN & KIERNAN BOX

Sep 20, 2021

Reshaping masculine cultures of terrorism

Young men gather at Monas, Jakarta / Francisco Anzola @Flickr creative commons

Former members of terror networks are focussing on masculinity’s role in encouraging...

By NOOR HUDA ISMAIL

Sep 01, 2021

A lost generation

'Where we used to be', Central Jakarta, 2020 / ATH

Thousands of children have been orphaned and ostracised as the pandemic crisis...

By ANTON LUCANUS

Aug 31, 2021

Film review: Kinipan

How forest restoration and food estate policies affect local communities

By ARFAN AZIZ

Aug 28, 2021

Photo essay: Banyutowo harmony

Locally bought fishermen’s catch at Banyutowo Fish Auction House

A fishing village on the northern tip of Java stays true to...

By HUTAMA LIMARTA

Aug 11, 2021

Rethinking development

Farmers work a potato farm near a geothermal plant on the Dieng Plateau, on the Indonesian island of Java / Raditya Mahendra Yasa via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

A deadly accident at a geothermal power plant in North Sumatra in...

By VENANSIUS HARYANTO

Jul 29, 2021

Review: Separating fact from fiction in Conrad’s Eastern Voyages

Joseph Conrad is known as being the famous English author of books...

By RON WITTON

Jul 19, 2021

Countering the information void to beat COVID-19

/ Ahmad Tri Hawaari

In the absence of reliable government information, citizens are stepping up to...

By LaporCovid-19

Jul 19, 2021

Carmel Budiardjo (1925-2021)

/ Tapol.org

Human rights campaigner Carmel Budiardjo died aged 96 on 10 July 2021...

By KATHARINE MCGREGOR

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