The Southeast Asian internet market can be seen as a battlefield between Chinese and US tech firms. We have Google and Alibaba. We have Facebook and Tik Tok.
But we’re also our very own beast. At least in Indonesia, we have Go-Jek. We have Airbnb and Spotify – but not Vimeo and Reddit. We aspire to be as apt in content filtering as Beijing, as stern with tax collection as Europe, with the free-spirited entrepreneurship of Silicon Valley. It doesn’t always make sense.