Talking Indonesia: online extremism

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Dave McRae is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.

Indonesian jihadis have long had an online presence, but online extremism has garnered particular attention worldwide since the emergence in 2013 of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), which has made extensive use of online tools to spreads its ideology and battlefield news and to aid recruitment. What are the most important online tools for pro-ISIS groups in Indonesia, and what do these groups use them for? How do their online activities differ to fellow Indonesian jihadis who oppose ISIS? How can the Indonesian government monitor and counter extremists’ activities online?

 

In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, I explore these issues with Nava Nuraniyah, analyst at the Institute for the Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) in Jakarta. Nava’s research on online extremism in Indonesia will be published in 2017 as part of the proceedings from September’s ANU Indonesia Update “Digital Indonesia” conference.

 

Catch up on previous episodes of Talking Indonesia here, subscribe via iTunes or listen via your favourite podcasting app. This is the final episode of Talking Indonesia for 2016 – the podcast will return in January 2017.

 

Photo by Irsan Mulyadi for Antara.