The Internet in Indonesia’s New Democracy is a detailed study of legal, economic, political and cultural practices surrounding the provision and consumption of the Internet in Indonesia at the turn of the twenty-first century. Hill and Sen detail the emergence of the Internet into Indonesia in the mid-1990s, and cover its growth through the dramatic economic and political crises of 1997 and the subsequent transition to democracy.
Conceptually the Internet is seen as a global phenomenon, with global implications, however this book develops a way of thinking about the Internet within the limits of geo-political categories of nations and provinces. The political turmoil in Indonesia provides a unique context in which to understand the specific local and national consequences of a global, universal technology.
About the Author
David T. Hill is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Murdoch University, Western Australia, where he is a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre on Social, Political and Economic Change. His publications include The Press in New Order Indonesia (1994, 1995) and Media, Culture and Politics in Indonesia (2000, co-authored with Krishna Sen).
Krishna Sen is Professor of Asian Media, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. She has written extensively on the media in Indonesia. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of Murdoch University's Asia Research Centre, a Councillor of the Australian Asian Studies Association and editorial board member of several media studies journals.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Analysing the Internet in Indonesia 2. Indonesian Media and Computer Mediated Communications 3. Net Challenge to the New Order 4. Who is on the Net in Indonesia? 5. Communication for a New Democracy: Election On-line 6. Communication for a New Nation: Timor On-Line 7. Communal Conflict: Maluku On-Line 8. Conclusion: A Technology for Democracy in Indonesia?