Documentary screening and report launching Social Media Innovations and Civic Engagement in Indonesia

4 April 2011, 3-5pm (coffee and tea available from 2.30pm)

Welcome, opening remark and introduction by:
Professor Jakob Edler, Executive Director, MIOIR, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Ms. Shita Laksmi, Interim Director, HIVOS Southeast Asia Regional Office, Jakarta, Indonesia

Today, the Internet and social media like Facebook and Twitter have become new convivial tools for civil society groups and communities to effectively manage and expand their activism, addressing new societal challenges. Indeed, civil society is now facing new array of challenges, from the ‘traditional’ issues of promotion of democracy and development, to human rights and freedom of information. This has forced them to innovate through different endeavours – one of which is by adopting the Internet and social media. This is no exception for the Indonesian civil society. Nevertheless, systematic research into the use of Internet and social media innovations in civil society is fairly limited, let alone in the developing contexts like Indonesia. As a result, not only do we know little about patterns of use and adoption of the technologies; we do not know the extent to which the processes involved in such use and how this impacts upon civil society organisational functions. It seems natural that such research would be not only academically important in itself, but also beneficial both for policy and practical purposes, especially when taking into account the roles that Indonesia plays in the societal development in Southeast Asia region, which is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, and its technological uptake.

This motivated HIVOS and MIOIR to join forces and conduct a research into the use of social media in the Indonesian civil society groups and communities. The research was led by Dr. Yanuar Nugroho and has now concluded. The report, titled “Citizens in @ction” will be launched in this event, along with the screening of a documentary movie on the same topic, tiled “linimas(s)a” or “timeliner(s)”. The movie, which was also co-funded by HIVOS and has just been completed in early March 2011, is the first documentary on social media and social movement in Indonesia. Trailer with English subtitle is available

We cordially invite you to attend to this event. Participation is free places are limited, so please register by emailing to

The launch will be held from 3.00-5.00pm (coffee/tea available from 2.30pm) on 4 April 2011 in the Conference Room 10.04/10.05 of the Harold Hankins Building (building no.30 on campus map:; entrance via first floor of Precinct Centre opposite the old Post Office; see: for location, travel details and directions).

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Univ of Manchester, UK
HIVOS, Southeast Asia Regional Office, Jakarta, Indonesia

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