This year’s conference theme is “Empowerment and Impairment in the Global Digital Age”. The advancement of digital information technologies, with the Internet as its catalyst, has been known to accelerate the pace of global integration. These developments demand our critical attention to uncover: how has digital information technologies actually altered the struggle of power in various societies? How has the technological force facilitated the emergence of a new source of power? Who have been actually benefited? And Who have been disadvantaged?
We are fortunate to have reputable scholars to share and discuss their critical insights on how globalization and digital information technologies have impacted today global societies. Prof. Ronald A Lukens-Bull from The University of North Florida, will discuss the issue of “Digital Religion, Fanaticism and Terrorism” in today society. Subsequently, A/Prof. Cheryll Ruth Soriano from De La Salle University, will present her study about “Digital Labour Solidarity” in Southeast Asia. Next, we will have Prof. Ariel Heryanto FAHA from Monash University to deliver a talk about “Social Media and Identity politics in Indonesia”. Finally, representing the Indonesian government, Prof. Henry Subiakto as an Advisor to the Minister of Communication and Informatics will offer a debate titled “The Indonesian Communication Policies: Empower or Impaired Democracy”.
We are pleased that this year we had significant number of paper submissions. Despite Indonesian academics, we have among us scholars from the US, Manila, Thailand, Australia, Pakistan, and also Madagascar. We hope ICoCSPA 2018 one-day conference will ignite diverse and inspiring academic insights, as well as enhancing academic networking.