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DERC seminar: Social media and West Papua by Usman Hamid

October 19, 2015
Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC)
RMIT University, Melbourne
Wed 21 October 2015, 3-4:30pm
City campus, Building 13, Room 7, Level 4


Usman Hamid is an MPhil candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. In 1998, Usman was a student activist when four students were shot dead at a demonstration, which triggered a nationwide protest that toppled the Suharto regime. He subsequently became the coordinator of KontraS, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence. In 2004 Usman was appointed a member of the Presidential Fact-Finding Team that investigated the murder of prominent human rights defender Munir Said Thalib. He also served as an expert adviser to the International Center for Transitional Justice, Jakarta office, from 2010 until 2012. In 2011 Usman was appointed to the Presidential Working Unit for the Supervision and Management of Development, where he reviewed the policy on Indonesia’s Human Rights National Plan of Action for 2011–2014. In 2012 Usman co-founded the Public Virtue Institute and the Indonesian Branch of, the world’s largest online petition platform. He has been a visiting scholar at University of Columbia (2003) and held a fellowship at Nottingham University (2009). He will be exploring the role of social media in West Papua in this talk, building out of work conducted for his thesis.

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