Six years into Jokowi’s presidency, the time for blind optimism about the democratic potential of social media is long gone, writes Ibnu Nadzir.

Who is responsible for digital attacks on activists and the media, and what effect do they have on Indonesian democracy? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Damar Juniarto in Talking Indonesia.

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

2019 was a big year for Talking Indonesia. Here we present the 10 episodes that were most popular with podcast subscribers over the past year.

How do Indonesia’s often politically active media bosses interfere in the lives of journalists? What are the implications of Jokowi’s victory for the media? Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Hellena Souisa in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How does the government justify the increasing restrictions on freedom of expression that have occurred under President Joko Widodo? How do human rights activists respond? Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Ken Setiawan in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

The Constitutional Court is hearing a case challenging the law that establishes Indonesian sovereignty over the Papuan provinces. Dr Richard Chauvel looks at the origins of the challenge.

President Joko Widodo has often faced claims that he is “criminalising” ulama, or religious leaders. Azis Anwar Fachrudin looks at how many religious leaders Jokowi has sent to prison, and asks, are the complaints about criminalisation missing the point?

The arrest of academic Robertus Robet on Thursday for allegedly insulting the Indonesian Military (TNI) has shocked Indonesia. Leopold Sudaryono examines the many legal problems involved with the case against Robet.

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.

While most of Indonesian civil society was preoccupied with proposed changes to the Criminal Code, the House of Representatives (DPR) last week passed a revised version of the 2014 Law on Legislative Bodies. Dr Robertus Robet looks at the controversial changes, which he says will result in a DPR that is resistant to criticism and immune from prosecution.

How does Indonesia regulate pornography, how have its anti-pornography laws been applied? How do debates over pornography reflect broader questions of morality and Islam in Indonesian society? Dr Dave McRae explores these questions and more with Dr Helen Pausacker in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.