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Dr Dina Afrianty, Slamet Thohari, Tommy Firmanda and Mahalli write that the Covid-19 pandemic may force teachers to get up to speed with technology that can improve access to education for students with disabilities.

What did ‘large scale social distancing’ (PSBB) look like in Indonesia’s cities? As public space opens up again, how will Indonesia’s urban dwellers respond? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Amanda Achmadi in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Can Indonesia hold elections for regional heads in December without leading to a spike in Covid-19 infections, or opening the floodgates to vote buying? Dr Mada Sukmajati examines the risks.

Nadirsyah Hosen and Jeremy J Kingsley look at the debate over the Pancasila guidelines bill and argue that one of Pancasila’s main strengths is its ambiguity.

In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies, Najmah, and Yeni about the community initiatives attempting to control the spread of coronavirus.

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has been conspicuously absent from efforts to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Daniel Peterson looks at what he has been up to.

Abdurrachman Satrio writes that the debate on the Pancasila bill is missing the point. The real concern is that Pancasila can be easily abused for anti-democratic purposes.

Data on Religious Harmony Forums (FKUB) shows that many Indonesian communities are quite capable of discussing and managing religious difference, writes Ihsan Ali Fauzi.

The free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia comes into force today. Kate Thresher examines the agreement, and concerns that investors’ interests could come into conflict with interpretations of ‘public morals’ in Indonesia.

The #BlackLivesMatter protests have thrown a spotlight on racism towards Papuans in Indonesia. In this weeks Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae chats to Ligia Giay about the drivers and impacts of racism against Papuans.

Unaesah Rahmah looks at how terrorists are getting hold of the weapons, and what should be done to disrupt supply.

Social media stars are playing an important role in shaping what democracy looks and feels like in the digital age, writes Tito Ambyo.

What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on mental health in Indonesia? In a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Wayan Suriastini about a recent survey on anxiety and depression during the Covid-19 crisis.

Before 2016, the term ‘LGBT’ was rarely used in Indonesia. Associate Professor Michael Ewing looks at how the media is using and interpreting this foreign term and the implications for queer Indonesians.

Why are Indonesia’s case numbers of Covid-19 lower than early modelling predicted? Is testing adequate? What does the future hold, now that restrictions are being lifted? Dr Jemma Purdey discusses these issues and more with Dr Pandu Riono in Talking Indonesia.

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