Indonesian Democratic Consolidation and the Challenges of Digitalized Electoral Democracy (71872)

Session Information: E-democracy & Elections

Session Chair: Rosalie Arcala Hall

Friday, 30 June 2023 12:05
Session: Session 1
Room: Lecture Room 1
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

Indonesia stands out globally as a Muslim country that has established multiparty democracy. Indonesia’s markers as Islamic, democratic, and industrializing are happening in a rapidly transforming digital space that provides myriad of opportunities and challenges to democracy globally. Notably, the digital age poses issues of authenticity and labelling. There are issues of storing and managing voting data and ensuring trust as actual threats and cynical accusations of data manipulation, technical errors, and cyberattacks increase. Even more, the internet, especially social media, has been characterized by ideological and political activism that often dovetail with extremism. As Indonesia seeks to consolidate democracy, how can it adapt to digitalized democracy? What can Indonesia learn from consolidated democracies struggling to make digitalized democracy work? Can digitalization impede democratic consolidation in Indonesia? The paper takes a critical comparative approach as it draws lessons from the USA and gauges the progress toward democratic consolidation in Indonesia.

Abu Bah, Northern Illinois University, United States

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