May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Yudhoyono Presidency

The era of convergent media

The integration of mainstream and social media creates a more responsive news cycle

Tweeting about politics

Indonesian politicians want to raise their public profile but don’t want the criticism

Online networking and minority rights

LGBT communities use social media to organise despite threats of violence

Clicktivism and the real world

Social media tools are only effective if they can engage people off-line

Facebooking for reform?

Social media campaigns highlight the need for criminal law reform in Indonesia

For the good of the people?

The challenges of governing ‘societal organisations’ pose difficult questions for Indonesian democracy

High stakes

ASRIANA KEBON speaks to Indonesian underage minors who were returned to Indonesia following age determination hearings in Darwin

‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

Celebrity gossip shows denigrate homosexuality, but at least they talk about it

I’m a terrific child!

A home schooling project in Kendari provides a new kind of early learning experience

They are just Papuans

Recent violence shows the authorities share a disturbing mindset about the residents of Papua

We are the blessed ones

Activists work to change men’s interpretations of Islam that justify their superiority at home

Repairing the damage

Safe havens and abuser counselling helping to reduce domestic violence cases in East Nusa Tenggara

The winds of change

Men in Pekanbaru and Makassar are slowly changing their minds about domestic violence

Art for the people

Taring Padi takes stock of a more than a decade fighting the political establishment – with art as its weapon

Angels and demons

While a famous ‘reformer’ tries to undermine Indonesia’s local democratic institutions, the predators come to the rescue

Public works and ethnic conflict

Tarakan’s riots illustrate the risks of collusive public contracting and the continued weakness of local security responses

A new frontier

East Kalimantan was once timber country, now it’s coal that rules

Some people call me Robin Hood

ELISABETH KRAMER speaks to independent anti-corruption activist Arifin Wardiyanto about his ‘extremist’ approach to fighting corruption

Fighting to survive

A small community in Southeast Sulawesi is engaged in an ongoing quest for recognition of its right to live on its ancestral land

The energy challenge

Indonesia is rich in renewable energy but government policies foster reliance on fossil fuels

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