Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

The partnership between the Indonesian government and the big social media companies to remove violent content online is improving, but extremists are still finding low tech means around high tech blockages. This is the conclusion of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) in its latest report titled Indonesia and the Tech Giants vs ISIS Supporters. The report analyzes the ups and downs of Indonesian government efforts to block the use of social media and encrypted messaging applic... Read more...

          Now that the shock of the horrific suicide bombings in Surabaya and other terrorist attacks last May have subsided, it is probably the right time to revisit the causes that led to them in the first place. Although quite a few suspected terrorists and would-be bombers have subsequently been the target of law enforcers, the past two decades has shown that militants tend to lie low before striking again. To its credit, the government has acted quickly to discover what lay beh... Read more...

At a seminar on “Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Diplomacy” in Jakarta recently, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi called for the increased use of social media to carry out foreign policy. This makes sense given that the Internet has become an all- pervasive communication tool. According to the 2018 BCW’s Twiplomacy Study, Twitter is the key channel of communication for digital diplomacy, with 97 percent of all 193 United Nations member states holding official Twitter accounts. Of ... Read more...

By Julia Suryakusuma On June 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the ICD-11, the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases, which states that being a transgender person is no longer considered a mental disorder. This is really surprising. The WHO removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in 1990, and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) had already done so 45 years ago in 1973. Why did they take so long to do the same with transgender p... Read more...