Vaccine Nationalism is a Thing and Here’s Why it’s Concerning

Instead of working together to create a worldwide strategy, a significant number of nations are already taking the “our nation first” path in having a potential cure to COVID-19. Here’s why vaccine nationalism calls for concern, and why it might mean a longer wait for an end to the virus (sigh).

Feeling overwhelmed by the news when the world is falling apart as we know it? Same

If you’ve been actively surfing social media and keeping tabs on the latest happenings from these past couple of months, we can both probably agree that 2020 has been an “eventful” year to say the very least. That being said, keeping up with the latest happenings gets super exhausting after a while. In this year alone, we pretty much went from rampant bush fires, the possibility of an all-out war, riots, a global pandemic, even more lies in politics (never a surprise), and even the apparent rise of institutional racism. The world is practically falling apart as we know it, but here’s a short piece on staying sane in the craziest of times.

A Brief Look Into Indonesia’s Hidden Pandemic on Whatsapp: Fake News & Misinformation

If you’re in a family Whatsapp group chat, there’s a big chance that you’ve come across some of the weirdest and wackiest pieces of content to have ever been made. In other words, fake news (or to keep it simple, hoax). The word “hoax” itself is so ingrained within Indonesian social media that it’s pretty much become a buzzword that’s commented on any given post that presents some sort of statistic or claim. At the height of the pandemic and in the midst of self-quarantine, I asked my friends to send me some of the most absurd fake news messages they got in regards to COVID-19. I wanted to know more about what the World Health Organisation describes as an ongoing fight against an “infodemic” of fake news and misinformation. So here’s my brief look into the weird and dangerous world of misinformation during the pandemic.

Statue toppling: Why I think that it isn’t about “dwelling in the past we can’t change” but instead, moving forward into “the future where we can”

Following the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement, statues of figures with a controversial past have been defaced and/or toppled. Ultimately, this brings in radical change and making far more than a statement from the voices of those who have been so used to being silenced.

My Thoughts on the “Spiritual Influencers” Dominating Social Media

I’ve personally never heard of the term “spiritual influencers” up until a few months ago. A number of my friends online tend to share so many different content about well-being and manifesting that I wasn’t so sure what it all really meant

It’s Time we Push for an Indonesian Data Privacy Regulation, and Here’s Why you Should Care

A while back ago, the largest eCommerce platform in the country, Tokopedia suffered a data breach that led to the loss of 15 million user records. It was also revealed that the hackers kept the details of 91 million users up for sale on the dark web.

Should the super rich, be super rich?

According to Comparisum, Jeff Bezos’ wealth is set to increase exponentially and leapfrog the other hard contenders of the ‘soon-to-be trillionaire club’. Putting that into perspective, Bezos is now 36% richer than the British monarchy and approximately makes a rough amount of $2,480 per second (more than twice the amount the average worker in the US makes within a week). Putting that into perspective, we can probably agree that it changes all definitions of the word “rich”. Which brings us to the famous old question: Should the super rich actually be super rich?