Posted in: Policy in Focus

In an economy-focused campaign, how do the candidates’ policies stack up?

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Ahead of the final debate before the election, Dr Asep Suryahadi assesses the key economic promises coming from either side.

Ballots not bullets: former Muslim militants turn to politics in Poso

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Former militia and released terrorists have turned to democratic means to advance their agenda in Central Sulawesi, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.

Never mind Industry 4.0, domestic workers are already being dehumanised

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No need to wait for the fourth industrial revolution, dehumanisation is already a reality for informal domestic workers in Indonesia, writes M. Nur Sholikin.

When disaster strikes

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Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic explosions – 2018 was a tumultuous year for Indonesia. Madelina Ariani asks how the health sector can provide a better safety net in 2019 and beyond.

Talking Indonesia: big data, privacy and elections

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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.

Ahead of the second debate, get the lowdown on infrastructure under Jokowi

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Jokowi’s government has spent big on infrastructure over the past five years. Akhmad Misbakhul Hasan takes a look at where the money has come from, and where some – but not all – of it has gone.

Policing religion? There’s an app for that

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The new Smart Pakem app is supposed to give the public a safe way to report "deviant" religious practices. But could it trigger persecution and conflict instead? Zainal Abidin Bagir weighs up the implications for religion and rights.

Talking Indonesia: disparities between regions

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What are the drivers of regional disparity, what are its impacts, and what can the government do about it? As part of our 'Policy in Focus' series, Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro in a special episode of Talking Indonesia.

Is higher inequality the new normal for Indonesia?

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What could the government be doing to reduce inequality? Dr Asep Suryahadi examines the drivers and future of inequality, and suggests that despite government efforts, Indonesia may have to get used to higher levels of inequality.

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