How are political parties and candidates using big data to target their campaigns in the upcoming elections? Do any laws protect citizens’ personal data? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Wahyudi Djafar in a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia.

For more than a year, the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) has been tracking the so-called Muslim Cyber Army (MCA), which stands accused of spreading hoax news and hate speech online. SAFEnet Regional Coordinator Damar Juniarto presents a detailed examination of the shadowy network.

The government recently announced it was blocking messaging application Telegram for providing a forum for extremist propaganda. But Nava Nuraniyah writes that the real reason for the ban may have been to force the tech company to comply with government regulations.