• Dia Gloria Ekklesia Universitas Indonesia



Nation Character, Community, Development


This paper will discuss the Digital Civility Index and its relationship with the character of the nation in development discourse from an anthropological point of view. Recently, the issue of national character has surfaced through online research conducted by Microsoft. This study examines the civility of human interaction in a virtual space and the study shows that Indonesia is in position 29 of the 32 countries studied. This caused a polemic among Indonesians who were offended by the results. Indirectly, the results of this study illustrate the reflection of the character of the Indonesian people, therefore this issue is interesting to be reviewed more deeply. The method used in this paper is literature study and observation of news about research results from Microsoft and online responses from Indonesian people. In reviewing this issue, we will first discuss the news flow and its dynamics in Indonesian society towards the results of this research. Second, the context of this issue will be presented from the perspective of development anthropology. Finally, the discourse on the sustainable and community-based character development of the nation will be explained. Through this paper, the author argues that the discourse on the development of national character requires the involvement of the community and government in development as capital to create a reflection of a more civilized nation.


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