15 Jan 2021

Indonesia earthquake: Sulawesi hospital among collapsed buildings

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Sulawesi Friday morning injured hundreds of people and displaced thousands. The five-story Mitra Manakarra Hospital in Mamuju partially collapsed, killing eight people. Officials worry the death toll will increase as the rescues continue.  The epicenter of the earthquake was six kilometers northeast of Majene city

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11 Jan 2021

Investigators locate black box from Indonesia air crash

The black box from the Indonesian passenger jet that crashed in the Java Sea on Saturday has been recovered. This find could offer evidence as to why the plane lost contact with air traffic control just minutes after taking off with 62 people on board. Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto hopes

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08 Jan 2021

Radical cleric linked to Bali bombings freed

Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, a radical Muslim cleric linked to the 2002 Bali bombings, has been freed from a jail in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta. Ba’asyir was released on Friday despite growing concerns over his ongoing influence on extremists. Ba’asyir is now 82 years old and is the former head

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04 May 2020

Hacker sells 91 million Tokopedia accounts, cracked passwords shared

According to security researchers, a hacker is selling a database that contains the credentials of 91 million Tokopedia accounts on a dark web marketplace for approximately $5,000. Research claim that threat actors have begun to crack the passwords to the popular online store and share them online. Tokopedia is widely

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02 Jan 2020

Flood death toll rises to 26 in Jakarta, tens of thousands evacuated

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated today in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta on Thursday after flash flooding and landslides killed up to 26 people. Jakarta currently faces some of the heaviest rain in over two decades, while heavy rainfall remains on the forecast for the next several days. The

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17 Dec 2019

In Indonesia, Fake News is Ubiquitous. So He Created A Software To Track Down Their Origins

Fake news has had drastic effects on Indonesian civilians, causing crises and panic over the past decade. Ismail Fahmi, founder of the social media analysis system based on big data, was instrumental in the 2014 crackdown on fake news following the presidential elections. When an issue dominates social media, such

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28 Nov 2018

Indonesian app allows citizens to report ‘misguided’ religious beliefs

Technology is often lauded as a democratizing force, but its dark side as a new component in oppression has become increasingly visible. In a recent example, a new app in Indonesia, launched by the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office, allows users to report “misguided” religious beliefs. The country has strict blasphemy laws and

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12 Oct 2018

In Pacific, US Army Shifts Training from Disaster Relief to War

“Not long ago, U.S. Army forces in the Pacific spent most of their training time preparing for humanitarian relief missions, evacuations from natural disasters, and efforts to build up allied security forces. Not anymore. Since President Donald Trump has come to office, the administration has issued a new National Security Strategy

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04 Oct 2018

What Went Wrong With Indonesia’s Tsunami Early Warning System?

“In the aftermath of the Friday earthquake and ensuing tsunami that destroyed thousands of homes and killed more than 1,200 people on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, officials are beginning to sort out what went wrong with the country’s early warning system for tsunami detection. Indonesia’s system, completed in

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06 Sep 2018

The Demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism

While little research on the subject is available, open-source research suggests a number of important demographic developments in terrorism across the Southeast Asian region. Understanding these demographics is essential, as they can provide insight into how to combat terrorist efforts in a given geography, from recruitment to operations. In Southeast

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