How Digital Technology is Changing Social and Cultural Life in Indonesia
About the Conference
This Webinar Conference explores the impacts of digital technology and how it has transformed the social as well as cultural aspects in Indonesia. With the increased penetration of digital technology into the lives of many Indonesians, the practices and expression of Indonesian culture, politics and economy had become inseparable from the digital world. In spite of that, exposure to these technologies is still very much uneven and highly contingent on the availability of suitable Information, Communication and Technology infrastructure (ICT) in the area. In the case of Indonesia, access to these technologies is still largely dominated by those who live in the urban regions which exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities. Apart from that, the introduction of digital technologies had led to misuse, resulting in other adverse impacts towards existing social and cultural problems. This Webinar Conference will therefore elaborate on several issues in regard to digital disruption in Indonesia – How do digital technologies disrupt various aspects (religious norms, human relationship, cultural expression, state, and society) of Indonesian society? How do digital technologies’ specifically play a role in shaping Indonesia’s contemporary social and cultural practices? And lastly, how do Indonesians utilize digital technologies to have more relevance with local contexts in the future.
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Day 1: Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Welcome Remarks and Panel I: Social Impacts and Disruption of Digital Economy
10.15 am – 12.45 pm SGT / 9.15 am – 11.45 am WIB
Welcome Remarks — 10.15 am–10.45 am SGT / 9.15 am–9.45 am WIB
Mr Choi Shing Kwok, Director and CEO, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Prof Dr Tri Nuke Pujiastuti, Deputy for Social Sciences, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Panel I: Social Impacts and Disruption of Digital Economy — 10.45 am–12.45 pm SGT / 9.45 am–11.45 am WIB
This session will focus on the social impacts and disruptions that emerge from the prominence of Indonesia’s digital economy, looking at both the increased access to economic opportunities as well as the potential risks of economic inequality and exploitation, with the proliferation of the digital economy.
- Dr Amalinda Savirani and Mr Warih Aji Pamungkas, Department of Politics and Government, Universitas Gadjah Mada, “’Algorithm Bias’ and decent worker’s right: Gojek’s driver in Yogyakarta.”
- Mr Manggi Habir, Regional Economic Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, “Pandemic Benefiting Indonesia’s Fintechs.”
- Dr Zamroni Salim, Economics Research Center, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2E-LIPI), “The Impacts of Disruptive Digital Economy to Market Access and Competition in Indonesia.”
- Mr Gutomo Bayu Aji, Mr Anggi Afriansyah, and Dr Andy Ahmad Zaelany, Research Center for Population, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2K-LIPI), “Reorganization of VET in Indonesia: From ‘public-conventional’ to ‘private-digital’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Moderator: Dr Siwage Dharma Negara, Senior Fellow and Co-coordinator, Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Panel II: The Internet Mediation of Religious Norms and Practices
2 pm – 4 pm SGT / 1 pm – 3 pm WIB
This session will explore the mediation of religious norms and practices on the internet, looking at how social media had amplified the prominence of religious sociality into the digital space as well as the applications of technology as a reference for people to seek and practice religions.
- Dr James Hoesterey, Department of Religion, Emory University, “From Tele-Dai to Social Media Seleb: New Trends in Popular Preaching in Indonesia.”
- Dr Dundin Zaenuddin, Mr Muhammad Nur Prabowo Setyabudi, and Prof. Dr Cahyo Pamungkas, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI), “Re-conceptualizing ‘the Political Islam’ as Expressed in Everyday Life and Social Media.”
- Dr Hans A. Harmakaputra, Hartford Seminary, “New Wine Put into Old Wineskins? How COVID-19 Shapes Indonesian Christians’ Public Theology on the New Media.”
- Dr Evi Lina Sutrisno, Department of Politics and Government, Universitas Gadjah Mada, “United Through Online Collaborative Rituals: The Confucian Community’s Response to Covid-19 in Indonesia.”
Moderator: Dr Norshahril Saat, Senior Fellow and Coordinator, Regional Social and Cultural Studies, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Day 2: Thursday, 12 August 2021
Panel III: Contentious Relationship Between State and Society in Digital Ecosystem
10 am – 12.30 pm SGT / 9 am – 11.30 am WIB
This session will examine the contentious relationship between the state and internet users regarding the control of the digital ecosystem, primarily looking at how digital technologies have demonstrated its importance to social movement and how the state’s control over the internet threatens internet freedom in Indonesia.
- Dr Nina Widyawati, Ms Ranny Rastati, Mr Ubaidillah, Research Center for Society and Culture, Mr Purnama Alamsyah, Research Center for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy and Management, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), “Digital Disruption: Politicization of Identity and Normalization of Exclusion.”
- Prof Dr Alie Humaedi, Ms Imelda, Dr Thung Ju Lan and Ms Anggy Denok Sukmawati, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI), “The Prospect of Developing ‘Digital Democracy’ in Indonesia.”
- Mr Detta Rahmawan, Mr Justito Adiprasetio, and Dr Kunto Adi Wibowo, Communication Studies Department, Universitas Padjajaran, “From dark horse to incumbent: how Jokowi transformed his digital power and its implications on state-society contentions in Indonesia.”
- Dr Ikbal Maulana, Dr Widjajanti Santoso, Ms Ana Windarsih, and Mr Fanny Henry Tondo, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI), “Limiting Freedom of Speech: Emerging Discourse from Online News Media Reporting of Hate Speech Prosecution.”
- Dr Lugina Setyawati and Ms Daisy Indira Yasmine, Department of Sociology, Universitas Indonesia, “Civic Engagements and Digital Citizenship: Understanding Youth Activism as Civic Cultures.”
Moderator: Ms Lee Sue-Ann, Co-coordinator, Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Panel IV: The Implementation of Digital Governance
1.30 pm – 4 pm SGT / 12.30 pm – 3 pm WIB
This session will focus on digital governance and examine the associated problems that arise with its implementation such as lack of necessary infrastructure, scepticism to government, and inefficient bureaucracy.
- Dr Novi Kurnia, Ms Dewa Ayu Diah Angendari, and Mr Zainuddin Muda Z. Monggilo, Department of Communication Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, “In searching for multi-stakeholders’ collaboration: Digital Literacy Movement in Countering Disinfodemic in Indonesia.”
- Dr Yanuar Nugroho, Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, and Dr Sujarwoto, Department of Public Administration, Brawijaya University, “Making Indonesia 4.0 Come True? Review of Government Digitalisation Strategy under Jokowi.”
- Dr Laely Nurhidayah, Dr Robert Siburian, and Prof. Dr Herman Hidayat, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI), “The use of ICTs for Disaster Mitigation on Forest Fires in Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities.”
- Dr Galuh Syahbana Indraprahasta, Research Center for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy and Management, Prof. Dr Henny Warsilah, Mr Yoka Pramadi, and Mr Rusydan Fathi, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), “Digital Technology, Smart City and Citizens: Learning from Semarang and Banyuwangi”
- Mr Ary Wahyono, Dr Lilis Mulyani, Mr Masyhuri Imron, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI), and Mr Bayu Suseno, Center for Research and Development of The Indonesian National Police Body (Puslitbang POLRI), “Virtual Police as The Practice of Digital Policing and Freedom of Expression in Indonesia.”
Moderator: Mr Ibnu Nadzir, Researcher, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI)
Day 3: Friday, 13 August 2021
Panel V: The Online Expression of Art & Culture and Closing Remarks
3 pm – 5.30 pm SGT / 2 pm – 4.30 pm WIB
Panel V: The Online Expression of Art & Culture — 3 pm–5 pm SGT / 2 pm–4 pm WIB
This session will discuss how digital technologies affect social and cultural practices as well as explore how local expressions inform the use of these technologies that lead to sociality being developed around these digital platforms.
- Ms Sentiela Ocktaviana and Mr Andrian Wikayanto, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI), “Discourse of Religious (in)Tolerance in Indonesia Animation Series Nussa-Rara.”
- Mr Michael HB Raditya, Dangdut Studies Center, Yogyakarta, “Digital Technology in Dangdut Koplo’s Development.”
- Mr Irwansyah Harahap and Ms Rithaony Hutajulu, Ethnomusicology Department, University of Sumatera Utara, “Conversion to Digitality: Problems and Answering Method of Disseminating World Music Teachings and Performances in Indonesia.”
Moderator: Ms Ranny Rastati, Researcher, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI)
Closing remarks — 5 pm–5.30 pm SGT / 4 pm–4.30 pm WIB
Prof Dr Ahmad Najib Burhani, Head, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Dr Hui Yew-Foong, Visiting Senior Fellow & Coordinator, Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute