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The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics

02 Jul The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics

The spread of fake news is an online fixture with real implications, as Indonesia has recently experienced. Stories that pandered to nationalism and religious conservatism had simmered in the country for years, bubbling over in instances such as the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial election. During the recent Presidential Election, disinformation campaigns also played a role in fuelling the brief but violent Jakarta riots on 21-22 May. While President Jokowi has emerged victorious in the election, he now has his work cut out in trying to heal his divided country and recalibrate his policy towards handling online falsehoods.

  • How and to what extent did disinformation campaigns influence Indonesia’s 2019 Presidential Election?
  • What is the extent of the polarisation in Indonesia’s current political landscape?
  • How will political parties and actors make use of disinformation campaigns going forward, and what does this mean for Indonesia’s political and security landscape?


Dr. Budi Irawanto, Associate Professor for Communications, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Mr. Achmad Sukarsono, Senior Analyst, Global Risks Analysis Asia Pacific, Control Risks

Ms. Chen Chen Lee, Director, Policy Programmes , Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Event Details

Topic: The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics
Date: Tuesday, 2 July 2019
 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Registration begins at 5:30pm; talk commences at 6:00pm.)
Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road (Level 4M) Tower 1,
The Atrium @ Orchard, International Involvement Hub,
Singapore 238890
Dress Code: Office Attire

5:30pm     Registration
6:00pm     Opening Remarks by Ms. Chen Chen Lee
6:05pm     Remarks by Panellists on The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics
6:30pm     Discussion and Q&A Session
6:55pm     Closing Remarks by Ms. Chen Chen Lee
7:00pm     Programme Ends

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