Launch of Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence

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Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence. Editors: Edwin Jurriëns and Ross Tapsell. Published by ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute (2017)



Each year since 1983 the ANU Indonesia Project convenes a conference on Indonesia in Canberra, Australia: The Indonesia Update,  the largest conference on Indonesia held outside of Indonesia. In 2016, the Indonesia Update was on the topic of ‘Digital Indonesia’ which resulted in the book Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence. The book will be launched in Jakarta (4 July), Manado (5 July), Bandung (6 July) and Sydney (28 July). The events are free and open to the public, but require registration. The launch program in each city can be accessed through their respective websites (please click on the url’s):

This book 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 interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading researchers and scholars, as well as e-governance and e-commerce insiders, examines the impact of digitalisation on the media industry, governance, commerce, informal sector employment, education, cybercrime, terrorism, religion, artistic and cultural expression, and much more. It presents groundbreaking analysis of the impact of digitalisation in one of the worlds 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.