What concrete actions can the international community do to support Myanmar’s fight for democracy? EngageMedia talks to prominent pro-democracy activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi on how exactly the military is using technology against protesters, and what kinds of support Myanmar civil society needs to continue their fight for democracy.
Digital Rights: Posts
OPTF has published a new report identifying the key digital threats that human rights defenders (HRDs) from Africa, MENA, South Asia, and Southeast Asia are facing today. EngageMedia is among the key collaborators in this research, connecting OPTF with activists and civil society organisations in the Asia-Pacific.
The COVID-19 pandemic spurred on existing debates and developments on users’ privacy, government surveillance, and data monetisation. But what do all these mean for the Asia-Pacific? EngageMedia chats with Mishi Choudhary, founder of SFLC.in, on how recent events are affecting the region, and how we can boost our voices and influence the tech space.
In the last of our video blog series on artificial intelligence (AI) and Southeast Asia, EngageMedia interviews 5G researcher Melinda Martinus on how the different 5G providers in the region – whether from China or outside Asia – can influence the AI technologies that will be powered by it.
As protests in Myanmar continue to swell, and more dissidents are arrested and threatened, it’s likely for the military to again violate digital rights and order internet shutdowns or hinder access to social media platforms and other communications networks. It is a tactic we have seen – and continue to see – being deployed by governments in the Asia-Pacific.
Internet Health Report 2020: EngageMedia staff among over 100 advocates working towards a healthier Internet for all
The Mozilla Foundation has published its annual Internet Health Report, which explores what it means for the internet to be healthy through research and stories in publications. Two of EngageMedia’s staff are featured in the 2020 report, which asked 100 individuals about how to work towards a healthier Internet for all.
Independent researcher Jun-E Tan shares her realisations while researching the opportunities and challenges that artificial intelligence has and continues to bring to Southeast Asia. Her video blog is the second in a series, and part of EngageMedia’s research on AI and its implications in the region.
In the December 2020 issue of ASEANFocus, EngageMedia Co-Founder and Executive Director Andrew Lowenthal underlines the need for government policy change and civil society advocacy to protect digital privacy. The article, republished here in full, is one of ten articles that tackle digitalisation in Southeast Asia.
EngageMedia continues to accept applications to produce short films on digital rights issues in the Asia-Pacific. Applications close on 20 January 2021. The selected proposals will each receive between USD 3,000 and 5,000 towards the production of the film.