Seminar: Social Media and the 2014 Indonesian General Election

Friday, January 23, 2015

CNM Playroom, AS6 #03-38


3:00pm – 3:10pm

Welcome Remarks by Dr Weiyu Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications and New Media


3:10pm – 3:40pm

Social Media and Civil Society in Indonesia: A Case Study on Jokowi’s Campaign Volunteers

Ririn Radiawati Kusuma, Master Student, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


3:40pm – 4:10pm

Recording thoughts on Facebook: Which side are you? ~ Highlights from Jokowi Presidential campaign

Dr Dyah Pitaloka, Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation


4:10pm – 4:40pm

KawalPemilu: Transforming An IT Initiative into A Social Movement

Elina Ciptadi-Perkins, Public Relations Consultant & Media Strategist, KawalPemilu


4:40pm – 6:00pm


Dr Weiyu ZhangDr Weiyu Zhang is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.  Her research focuses on civic engagement and ICTs with an emphasis on Asia.  Her published works have appeared in Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Research, Information, Communication, & Society, International Communication Gazette, Computers in Human Behavior, Computers & Education, and many others.  Her recent project is to develop and examine an online platform for citizen deliberation, funded by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

RirinKusumaRirin Radiawati Kusuma is a second year student in the Master of Public Policy Programme at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore. She graduated with her Bachelor degree in Psychology from the Islamic University of Indonesia in 2006. After graduating, Ririn worked as a journalist in Media Indonesia, the second largest newspaper in Indonesia, and then the Jakarta Globe, the second biggest English newspaper in Indonesia. Before enrolling in the Master’s degree at LKYSPP, she was in charge of business news in While she is doing her Masters, Ririn also works as a Research Assistant at the Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) at LKYSPP. At ACI, she contributed to the Indonesian Competitiveness Index for 33 Provinces. Her primary research interests include competitiveness, energy and mining policy, sustainable development, communication and social media.

DyahPitalokaDr Dyah Pitaloka completed her PhD in Communication from the University of Oklahoma under Fulbright Program in May 2014 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), Department of Communication and New Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. Her involvement with 2014 Indonesia election was started when she was introduced to Ainun Najib from Kawal Pemilu and the crowdsourcing model that the team used to gather volunteers for guiding the election process. Her interest on the whole process was particularly about how the supporters of the Prabowo and Jokowi groups alike, use language to frame their thoughts, influence and persuade their Facebook friends about the candidate that they stand for.

ElinaCiptadiElina Ciptadi is an award-winning public relations consultant with more than 10 years experience. Her work for various clients has garnered some of the most prestigious awards in the public relations industry, from the Stevie Award for Best Communications Team to the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Award for Crisis Management. After being a senior executive at Indonesia’s largest public relations firm IndoPacific Edelman (now Edelman Indonesia) for six years, she moved to Singapore in 2007. Following her departure from a full time career, she focuses on managing the communication of some important causes, from better learning space for children to public participation in election data watch. During her career in Indonesia,vElina has been account director to many of the largest communication campaigns Indonesia has ever seen – dealing with issues from image recovery, industrial dispute, global merger and acquisition, disaster communication to product recall. She has also coached many top executives of Fortune 500 companies prior to critical media engagement. Elina spent the early years of her career doing public relations in the education and hospitality industry. She has a Master of Business Administration from University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Communication (Business) from Bond University.

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