Confronting Online Manipulation and Disinformation

Webinar Series on Digital Technologies and Democracy in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

Fake news and other forms of online disinformation are a major concern for governments and civil society alike for its capacity to disrupt information flows in the public spheres and erode public trust. However, official counter-policies are often biased towards certain forms of fake news and particular groups held responsible, while those fabricating and disseminating false information may also include state actors and their supporters. This webinar examines various recent cases of online disinformation and civilian counter-efforts in Indonesia, which show that the power to manipulate public opinion online, and the perpetrators and targets of such online disinformation, are contingent on changing political circumstances.

The webinar will be joined by Dr Amalinda Savirani ( Gadjah Mada University) and Mr M. Hikari Ersada (former member of Student Executive Body, Gadjah Mada University) who will discuss “Dealing with Disinformation surrounding #GejayanMemanggil: The Yogya Student Movement 2019”, Mr Roysepta Abimanyu (former Advisor of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia) will talk about “Mapping Civilian Interventions in Countering Disinformation and Misinformation in Indonesia”, Dr Wijayanto (Diponegoro University; LP3ES), and Dr Ismail Fahmi (Islamic University of Indonesia, Yogyakarta; Drone Emprit) who speak on a very recent case of disinformation around the Covid-19 crisis: “Normalising the New Normal? Public Opinion Manipulation on Social Media to Support the New Normal Policy in Indonesia”. The webinar is moderated by Dr Siwage Dharma Negara (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute).

More info on the webinar series here.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

Please register here to receive your unique link for joining the webinar.
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1. Install the Zoom client onto your computer or download the app on your mobile device.
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For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session.


Oct 26 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm