Title: The Internet and the Public Sphere in Indonesia's New Democracy: a Study of Politikana.com

Author: Agustina Wayansari

Abstract: This paper aims to explain how the new media has affected and is influencing politics in Indonesia's new democracy. More specifically, this paper will explore the role of Web 2.0 based websites and how they are being used in promoting democracy in Indonesia, a country which ended an era of authoritarian government in 1998. The Web 2.0 website www.politikana.com will be presented as a case study to explain how this new Internet-based media affects the democratic process in Indonesia by expanding public sphere as well as an additional information source.

Keywords: Democracy. Indonesia, Internet, Politikana.com.

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