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Indonesian voters are crowd-sourcing ballot counts

Indonesian voters are crowd-sourcing ballot counts

14.07.14 – 2:46 pm Featured, Politics
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With both presidential candidates declaring victory --based on different quick count results-- last week, Indonesians started to help monitoring the real vote count, thanks to crowd-sourcing approach and platform. TechInAsia wrote: This is a great example of how much technology can play a part in the nation’s future. And how many people are willing to safeguard that ...


Indonesia’s most popular politician joins presidential race: Social media reactions

Indonesia’s most popular politician joins presidential race: Social media reactions

15.03.14 – 7:02 pm Featured, Politics
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Yesterday, Indonesia’s main opposition party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has nominated Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo --dubbed as Indonesia's Obama-- to lead its presidential ticket. Tim Graham of AIWA, collects some interesting tidbits, including from social media. The party even announced the much-anticipated official nomination on Twitter first. As Dave McRae notes, the party’s ...


Obama’s another prize: Most retweeted tweet ever

Obama’s another prize: Most retweeted tweet ever

07.11.12 – 2:20 pm Politics
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Barack Obama has been re-elected as President of the United States today. And he won another prize as well: A tweet --a photo of himself hugging First Lady with the message "Four more years." -- sent this evening by President Obama minutes after the victory has quickly become the most retweeted message ever, easily surpassing a ...


A brief encounter with President Habibie

A brief encounter with President Habibie

26.06.12 – 5:54 pm People, Politics, Science
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This was really a priceless moment. I had a chance to meet and talk with former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie at Deutsche Welle's Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, yesterday. Pak Habibie is one of key panelists in the conference. His presidency (1998 - 1999) was the third and the shortest duration after the country's ...


President Obama tweeting for himself!

President Obama tweeting for himself!

21.06.11 – 2:47 pm Media, People, Politics
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President Barack Obama himself would be updating his Twitter and Facebook accounts heading into 2012, according to Obama’s presidential re-election campaign team. "Official messages from Obama will be signed “-BO.”, tweeted the staff. Obama has 8,683,981 followers on Twitter and 21,7 million Facebook friends. Let's see how the new social media strategy could be helping Obama’s re-election ...


Twitter breaks news of Osama bin Laden’s death!

Twitter breaks news of Osama bin Laden’s death!

02.05.11 – 11:12 am Politics
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How the announcement on the death of the most wanted terrorist and the leader of al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden leak out? According to Brian Stelter of NYT, Twitter broke the news first. Yes, it's coming from a tweet sent by Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. That speculation ...


Indonesia’s MetroTV drops the show, due to the host’s tweets?

Indonesia’s MetroTV drops the show, due to the host’s tweets?

07.04.11 – 8:07 am Media, People, Politics
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Metro TV news director Tomi Suryopratomo said they dropped the “Talk Indonesia” show --which had discussed hot news topics in English since November 2010-- based on a certain review, but not because of tweets made Wimar Witoelar, one of its hosts. "We need more leisurely and less serious programs for the weekends," Suryopratomo said. But Mr. ...


Egypt shuts the net, net strikes back!

Egypt shuts the net, net strikes back!

29.01.11 – 9:04 pm Featured, Media, Politics, Tech
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Egypt Internet shutdown is worst in the history, experts say. "It's a first in the history of the Internet," Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro told AFP. "In 24 hours we have lost 97 per cent of Egyptian Internet traffic," said Julien Coulon, co-founder of Cedexis, a French Internet monitoring system. But okay. In a response ...


China blocks citizens searching ‘Egypt’ online

China blocks citizens searching ‘Egypt’ online

29.01.11 – 6:07 pm Media, Politics
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China blocks searches with keywords "egypt", "riot" and likes from the country's most popular microblogging service, Al Jazeera confirms. A search for "Egypt'' on the Sina microblogging service brings up a message saying, "According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the search results are not shown". [Source]


Wikileaks hits Indonesia

Wikileaks hits Indonesia

13.12.10 – 6:16 pm Featured, Law, Media, Politics, Tech
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An Indonesian minister said there were over 3,000 documents about Indonesia on Wikileaks website, The Jakarta Post reports. Communications and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring's team was currently retrieving and learning the documents -- which include information on the J.W. Marriot bombings, riots in Papua and Indonesian military activities. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s own 'version' of WikiLeaks called IndoLeaks, ...


OpenLeaks, WikiLeaks’ new rival

OpenLeaks, WikiLeaks’ new rival

10.12.10 – 10:18 pm Featured, Law, Media, Politics, Tech
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Some Wikileakers are leaving --due to the organization's objectives, Julian Assange's leadership issue and personal problems-- and will launch new project called "OpenLeaks" on Monday. Unlike WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks will not receive and publish information directly for the public eye. OpenLeaks intends to establish itself as a neutral intermediary ”without a political agenda except from the dissemination of ...


Twitter, Facebook won’t block Wikileaks, for now

Twitter, Facebook won’t block Wikileaks, for now

07.12.10 – 4:28 pm Featured, Law, Media, Politics, Tech
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Twitter denied that it is censoring WikiLeaks from its list of trending topics, while Facebook says the Wikileaks Facebook Page does not violate their content standards. Looks like Wikileaks accounts on both social networking services are safe --at least, for now. Wikileaks has more than 400,000 followers on Twitter and the Wikileaks page on Facebook ...



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