The use of Internet has raised significantly in a decade. In Indonesia alone, Internet users has raised from 34.9% in 2014 to 51.8 % in 2016 (Indonesia Internet Service Provider Association -APJII, 2016). The presence of Internet enables the interconnection among people across the world, sharing data and information in almost no time. This quick information interaction has strengthened a new society namely information society.
Information society allows people to freely express their opinions by using Internet technologies such as social media, private messaging and other new media forms. Consequences of the mounting use of Internet are inescapable, which may vary in terms of the form, the scope, the context, will affect the social and political movement. Recent study indicated that there is a relationship between Internet social networking and social movement in the real world (Kidd and McIntosh, 2016). Therefore, the ability in understanding social and political movements on the Internet will enable politicians, government and businesses understands and predicts movement in the real world.
Eventually, information society will develop along with the new inventions of the supporting tools, such as new media that are developing continuously. Innovation and new features of the technology will also bring diverse forms of interaction on social and political movements. Today’s dynamic online communication environment has enhanced the vibrancy of social and political life. Some examples of the new media use are the use of social media during ’Arab Spring’ movement, the use of video blogging of Indonesian president to improve government to public interaction, and Leonardo DiCaprio facebook status on preserving the endangered species in a remote jungle. Those examples showcase how Internet-based new media affects real life in different context.
This conference aims to explore and elaborate the dynamics of social and political movements in information society era. Speakers will deliberate issues on four areas relevant but not limited to: public administration and governance, communication and social networking, online public sphere and social change, regional and international relations. While this conference focuses mainly on the social and political spheres, it welcomes research from inter-disciplinary areas.
Surakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday-Wednesday, September 05 – 06, 2017