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Jacqueline Hicks

International Politics & Development, Asia and Indonesia.

Hello! I currently write about the international political economy of data, and have previously written on governance, democratisation and political Islam.  I teach digital politics, international development and Asian politics. My area specialism is Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia, where... Continue Reading →

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This policy brief recommends the use of 'political economy analysis' to navigate the unique sensitivities that exist in every country around the economic exploitation of data.

Indonesia’s Economic Persistence

Comment on Indonesia's prospects for post-COVID recovery, PressTV

Digital ID Capitalism for Emerging Economies

Several emerging economies have expressed interest in adopting a different model of digital capitalism based on economically exploiting the personal data collected by the state in the process of welfare dispersal. This article describes its progenitor, the “India Stack,” drawing... Continue Reading →

‘Digital colonialism’: why some countries want to take control of their people’s data from Big Tech

There is a global standoff going on about who stores your data.  At the close of June’s G20 summit in Japan, a number of developing countries refused to sign an international declaration on data flows – the so-called Osaka Track. Part of... Continue Reading →

Political sensitivities surround the BRI in Indonesia

Indonesia is well-placed for China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But despite a slew of investment promises, problems around land acquisition, construction permits and the politicisation of Chinese investment have hampered plans. With the Indonesian presidential and legislative elections just around the corner in April 2019, the situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon.

UK Post-Brexit Trade with Indonesia

As the United Kingdom considers post-Brexit trade opportunities outside the European Union, this briefing looks at the potential for greater cooperation with Indonesia. It finds that the UK can mitigate its reduced bargaining power outside the EU by providing targeted, practical trade facilitation measures in exchange for increased investment opportunities. Becoming an agile and dynamic economic partner in comparison with the EU’s bureaucratic approach chimes well with the small business background of Indonesia’s President Widodo.

An Asianist’s eye on the digital

The deeper the internet infiltrates our daily lives, the more interesting it becomes to study. With universities now introducing courses in Internet Studies and Digital Culture, they are effectively defining a new digital ‘place’ that requires a unique set of skills and knowledge to understand it. But if the online environment really is a new place, where does that leave area studies specialists interested in the digital? Does it make our region-specific knowledge redundant? Or is it precisely the careful attention to power and place which defines area studies scholarship that this growing field needs?

Disciplining the digital

A common vision of the future of digital humanities is that some of the techniques will become so widely used as to be practically absorbed into mainstream humanities methods. They will become so unremarkable as to not even deserve their special classification as digital. But there are also indications of an opposite trend, where the methods become part of a wider “discipline of the digital.”

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