Good governance is a concept that shape the ideals on how countries run their government. For most policy makers, the concept has also challenged the sustainability on how they could implement all the principles for the better governance.

The 2nd Journal of Government and Politics International Conference held by Jusuf Kalla School of Government in Collaboration with IGOV, Government Affairs and Administration Department, Asia Pacific Society of Public Affairs (APSPA), and The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), discussed the Shifting Dynamics of Social and Politics: the Implication for Policy Making and Community Empowerment.

Commenced by the UMY Vice Rector for Cooperation and Internationalization, Prof. Dr. Achmad Nurmandi, the event started by discussion from three distinguished keynotes from notable international universities in Asia. The First speaker was Dr. Non Naprathansuk from Maejo University, Thailand with a presentation on the Concept of Smart City and its challenges in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Dr. Non explained briefly how a traditional city could adapt the Smart City in improving the quality of people’s life. He also reflected the concept with the application in Japan, Singapore, and European Union. A question arose regarding on how applicable the Smart City Concept in the city which poverty still exist at higher rate.

He explained that the concept application itself must be based on three aspects, technology, innovation, and wisdom. The innovation is the main tool in integrating the concept with the people living below the line. Providing the training and helping the people in improving the quality of their life is also part of the important task in Smart City. With the training they could make and improve the product that sells with a better quality and highly profitable.

The Second Speaker was Dr. Frank Dhont, a Senior Lecturer in History at the Institute of Asian Studies University of Brunei Darussalam and the International Indonesia Forum Chairman. Frank had delivered a very interesting presentation on Reflecting the Good Governance Concept from Historical Perspective.

By looking back from the History of Indonesian Leaders, he urged us to embrace the values of Nationalism and Pancasila composed by the founding fathers. Frank had also stated that the Good Governance is a matter of learning other histories and mistakes, then implementing the best practices and avoiding the same mistakes made by other countries. The good governance also cannot be implemented in an instant. A lot of process need to be undergo, and the sustainability has to be maintained by future generations.

The Third Speaker was Dr. Chin Fu Hung, presenting The “China’s Dream” in the Xi-Li Administration in the Information Age, Dr. Hung explained how the Chinese propaganda system may be able to achieve its privileged discourse rights and set its Party-State agenda in its the top-down patriotic education of “China Dream” campaign in the Internet age.

His presentation argued that the propaganda regime is increasingly confronted by alternative discourses mediated in Chinese cyberspace, leaving an increased fierce conflict over the seizure of discourse rights between the Chinese propaganda government and the public intellectuals and Netizens.

The Conference held on July 24, 2017, had successfully brought the opportunities for scholars, experts, and students to exchange the ideas and broaden knowledge towards better society. (Amir)