The November – December 2020 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a major report on the reflection of legal development during 2020 during the second term of the Jokowi administration. During this year, various draft laws or legislations have been drafted with problematic regulatory substances and discussed in processes that seems hasty, far from being transparent and participatory. Several have been successfully repelled by various pressures and waves of mass actions. However, some of them have not been able to be saved.
In the economic field, the Indonesian Update discusses Indonesia’s macroeconomic performance during this year, including the challenges after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Macroeconomic performance can be measured through several indicators, such as economic growth, unemployment and inflation. In addition, we discuss the conditions of people’s purchasing power, which has experienced a contraction, which has affected Indonesia’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP), especially in the third quarter of 2020.
In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the impact of algorithms on social media from an ethical and socio-cultural perspective. The algorithms have the opportunities to provide an environment where users only find beliefs or opinions that suit themselves, so the opportunity for alternative ideas to come up is not possible. In addition, we also discuss an effective leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is very important given the dissatisfaction with the performance of public services. Next, we discuss the issues of transparency in the discussion of the Draft Law (RUU) and the ratification of the Job Creation Law (UU). We also discuss public participation in the digital transformation era. Then, we also discuss the phenomenon and polemics over state silencing of the society in the digital realm.
In the social sector, the Indonesian Update raises the commemoration of 16 Days against Violence Against Women (HAKTP). It is hoped that this commemoration will become a momentum to support efforts to provide services for victims of gender based violence through synergy and commitment from various stakeholders. In addition, we discuss the conditions of women informal workers who face higher vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Women informal workers need a policy approach that is socially and economically integrated.
The monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with actual themes is expected to help policy makers in government and business institutions – as well as academics, think tanks, and elements of civil society, both at home and abroad, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions. political, social, and legal in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.