A public lecture is being presented on Thursday night as an event associated with the International Association for Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conference being held in Brisbane on 27-29 September. Looks interesting – details over the fold – the topic is the Politics of the Internet in Indonesia.
Another current Brisbane conference on Online Teaching and Learning features a really interesting paper on “Mobile Learning and Social Learning” by Brisbane academic and blogger Joanne Jacobs and her co-author Deb Polson. You can read it via Jo’s blog.
EVENT: Democracy, Conspiracy and Pornography: Politics of the Internet in Indonesia
Dr Merlyna Lim
Dr Merlyna Lim is an Assistant Professor of Arizona State University School of Social Justice and Social Inquiry, and she is a guest of the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong, with support from the Australia Research Council Cultural Research Network.
WHEN: Thursday 28 September 2006
TIME: 6:30pm (duration 90 minutes)
WHERE: Ballroom of the Brisbane Hilton, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
COST: $5 entry for members of the public
By exploring the social history of the development of the Internet and its uses in Indonesia, this lecture entangles the complex relationship between the Internet and politics. Locating the Internet within the context of social, political and cultural characteristics of the Indonesian governance system from the New Order to the current one, the lecture will show that the Internet in Indonesia has emerged as a technology with a unique socio-political configuration. In contrast with political context of the earlier/more traditional media and communications technologies in the country, the political landscape during the period of the initial development and the convivial characteristics of the Internet technology allowed it to provide spaces for a much more democratic development in Indonesia. Using various cases from the New Order and post-New Order eras, this lecture will show how cyberspace has become a contested sphere where politics of multiple voices has emerged. The presentation will also show that the unique societal configuration of Internet technology is amplified via intermodal linkages between this new and the pre-existing media networks.
For further details and an event flyer, please contact Dr Axel Bruns at [email protected]