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Adopting Technology, Transforming Society: The Internet and the Reshaping of Civil Society Activism in Indonesia

Monday, 10 November 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

This paper appears in the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society Vol 6(2):77-105


This paper explores the impacts of Internet use in civil society organisations (CSOs) in Indonesia. Using qualitative data gathered from a series of workshops attended by CSO activists, the study argues that the Indonesian social movement today has perhaps both shaped and been shaped by the use of the Internet in CSOs. Internet use is never simple and straightforward; it is multifaceted and often raises uncertainties given that many CSOs adopt and use the technology in a number of different ways. This challenge brings enormous opportunity for CSOs and the furthering of social movement once the technology is appropriated in strategic and political ways. Despite problems and difficulties, Internet use in CSOs has had significant implications both on the internal management of the organisations and on external aspects; particularly the dynamics of social movement in the country.

Keywords: Internet; Indonesia; civil society organisation (CSO); social movement; politics; social activism; strategic use; civic engagement

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Ilustration above taken from the index page of the Journal. It is titled ‘untitled’, by Stefan Barton-Ross © 2008 click here for larger images and artist information.

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  1. Monday, 10 November 2008 at 12:00 am

    thanks for sharing. this is very interesting. unfortunately to me anti-nuclear movements are not included in your observation as i see them using internet a lot in their campaign.

  2. Tuesday, 11 November 2008 at 12:00 am

    yes mas sul. as a matter of fact, quite many issues of importance to the wide spectrum of indonesian social movement are not brought onboard the workshops (2006). this is one of the methodological flaws – which relies heavily only on salient issues reflected by the workshop participants. i hope in my future works (including one in jakarta next month) such issues will be included.

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