Pretty Good Podcast Live at DRAPAC23 is a special episode series of Pretty Good Podcast, recorded live at the Digital Rights Asia Pacific Assembly in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last May 22 to 26, 2023.
Together with hundreds of changemakers from a broad range of sectors who have come together to build knowledge, collaboration, and momentum on Digital Rights and the Asia-Pacific, this series features a number of DRAPAC23 participants working across pressing digital rights issues in the region.
In this episode of PGP Live at DRAPAC23, Sinar Project‘s Programme Officer, Kelly Koh, and Technologist, Siti Nurliza Samsudin, share about the Internet Monitoring Action Project (iMAP). They discuss iMAP’s objective of uncovering censorship across 10 countries on various platforms, including websites, messaging apps, and virtual private networks. Gain insights into their efforts to establish a network of digital rights activists, improve transparency, and facilitate capacity-building for local partners. The episode also touches on the practical applications of the Open Observatory Network Interference (OONI) app and the challenges encountered during its implementation.
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About Sinar Project: A civic tech initiative using open technology, open data and policy analysis to systematically make important information public and more accessible to the Malaysian people. It aims to improve governance and encourage greater citizen involvement in the public affairs of the nation by making Parliament and the Malaysian Government more open, transparent and accountable.
- The Internet Monitoring Action Project (iMAP) seeks to create regional and in-country networks to monitor network interference and freedom of expression restrictions online across 10 countries. Read the 2023 Censorship Reports covering the monitoring period of July 2022 to June 2023.
- EngageMedia, a partner of Sinar Project, is actively involved in the three-year collaboration on iMAP within the Asia-Pacific. EngageMedia coordinates internet censorship measurements, research, and engagement with local digital rights advocates in Indonesia and the Philippines. These initiatives contribute to building the capacity of digital rights advocates to enhance ongoing efforts in internet censorship monitoring and reporting.
- Read EngageMedia’s report on monitoring the state of internet censorship in South and Southeast Asia.
- Through the Open Observatory Network Interference (OONI) detection and reporting systems, Sinar Project collaborates with digital rights partners in Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. The project involves maintaining test lists and analysing measurements to address online censorship issues.
- Founded in 2012, OONI is a non-profit free software project that aims to empower decentralised efforts in documenting internet censorship around the world.
- Evaluate website and app accessibility by testing for potential blocks, and assess the speed and overall performance of your network by downloading the OONI Probe App.