Digital Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Revolution
Theatre 2 (Room B120)
207 Bouverie Street
207 Bouverie Street
This panel discussion places Indonesia at the forefront of the global debate about the impact of ‘disruptive’ digital technologies. Digital technology is fast becoming the core of life, work, culture and identity. Yet, while the number of Indonesians using the Internet has followed the upward global trend, some groups – the poor, the elderly, women, the less well-educated, people living in remote communities – are disadvantaged.
This panel discussion examines the impact of digitalisation on the media industry, governance, commerce, informal sector employment, education, cybercrime, terrorism, religion, artistic and cultural expression, among others. It analyses the impact of digitalisation in one of the world’s most diverse, geographically vast nations. In weighing arguments about the opportunities and challenges presented by digitalisation, it puts the very idea of a technological ‘revolution’ into critical perspective.
- Dr John Postill, RMIT University
- Dr Inaya Rakhmani, Universitas Indonesia
- Dr Herlambang P Wiratraman, Airlangga University
- Dr Edwin Jurriëns, the University of Melbourne
The panel discussion will be moderated by Mr Tito Ambyo (RMIT University). The discussion will be followed by the Melbourne launch of Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence (ISEAS, 2017). The ANU Indonesia Project will be represented by Dr Ross Tapsell, who co-edited the book with Dr Jurriens. Books will be for sale at the event.
Light refreshments will be served from 5.30pm. The panel discussion will begin at 6pm.
Dr Edwin Jurriens , Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
Dr Edwin Jurriens
Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
Dr Edwin Jurriëns is a Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Lecturer with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. His recent publications include *Visual Media in Indonesia: Video Vanguard* (Routledge, 2017) and *Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence* (ISEAS, 2017; coedited with Ross Tapsell).
Dr Herlambang P Wiratraman , Airlangga University
Dr Herlambang P Wiratraman
Dr Herlambang P Wiratraman is a lecturer and the Executive Director of the Centre of Human Rights Law Studies, Faculty of Law, Airlangga University. His research interests include human rights, constitutional law, law and society, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and academic freedom. He is the Chairperson of Indonesian Association of Legal Philosophy (AFHI, 20132014). He also actively involved in the Indonesian Lecturers Association for Human Rights (SEPAHAM Indonesia).
Dr Inaya Rakhmani, Universitas Indonesia
Dr Inaya Rakhmani
Dr Inaya Rakhmani is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia and the Head of Communication Research Centre in the University. She is also an associate at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia and a member of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI). She is the author of *Mainstreaming Islam in Indonesia: Television, Identity and the Middle Class* (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). Dr Rakhmani is visiting the University of Melbourne as part of the Faculty of Arts Indonesia Initiative, a visiting scholar program which aims to further enhance teaching and research relationships with colleagues in Indonesia.
Dr John Postill, RMIT University
Dr John Postill
Dr John Postill is a Senior Lecturer in Communication at RMIT University, in Melbourne. Formerly he was a ViceChancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT and a Digital Anthropology Fellow at University College London (UCL). His publications include *Media and Nation Building* (2006), *Localizing the Internet* (2011), *The Rise of Nerd Politics* (2017) and the coedited volume *Theorising Media and Practice* (2010, with Birgit Bräuchler).