Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Political Economy of Governance and Public Policy in Indonesia

Greetings from the Australian National University in Canberra, where Dr Boediono, Vice-President of Indonesia, is speaking on  "The Political Economy of Governance and Public Policy in Indonesia", after receiving an honorary doctorate. Dr Boediono, focused on three issues: democracy, decentralization and anti-corruption.

Dr Boediono, identified the development of a vibrant and vigorous media as an important development in Indonesia. It happens that my colleague Dr. Idris Sulliman (ANU Adjunct Lecturer) , has just had an opinion piece "‘Trashed’ documentary and meaningful technology solutions" published in the Jakarta Post (13 November 2013). This reports on the screening of the UK documentary film ‘Trashed’", in which Jeremy Irons discusses the global pollution  problem.

Idris suggests that Indonesia can leapfrog to a low-carbon economy, in part by investing in Internet broadband access. He is taking part in Meaningful Broadband Indonesia 2013: Towards the Activation of the Indonesia Broadband Plan, 13 to15 November at the Jakarta Convention Center.

In 2012 Dr. Sulliman and I were guests of an Indonesian university to discuss green computing education in Indonesia. Students in Indonesia, and elsewhere, can learn how to do this in my course "ICT Sustainability" which starts in February 2014.

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