Cyber troops, social media propaganda and the future of Indonesian democracy

Crawford School of Public Policy | Indonesia Project

Event details

Public Seminar

Date & time

Wednesday 01 December 2021


Online via Zoom


Wijayanto (Center for Media Democracy LP3ES and Universitas Diponegoro), Ismail Fahmi (Media Kernels)


Indonesia Project

This presentation examines the practice of cyber troops for manufacturing public consent through social media propaganda in Indonesia from the end of 2019 to 2021. The study employs social media analysis and digital and classical ethnography.

We will present some preliminary findings, including the pattern of social media propaganda, the actors and their motivations, the languages they use, and their organisational structure and funding. The research also found that creating chaos, spreading hoaxes, fake news and misinformation, and cyberbullying the civil society activists have been the modus operandi of these cyber troops. We will then discuss the impact of this propaganda on the future of Indonesian democracy.

This seminar will be recorded and will be available to the public through ANU Indonesia Project Channel.

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