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Video Blog: What is the problem with AI governance today?

In a video blog for EngageMedia’s research on artificial intelligence (AI) in Southeast Asia, IT for Change Deputy Director Nandini Chami answers two pressing questions on AI governance: What is the problem with AI governance today? And, how should developing countries address this issue when evolving AI strategies and roadmaps?

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Resource: Thai Handbook on Digital Safety During Assemblies

The Thai government’s latest state of emergency decree has been widely criticised as a move meant to curb pro-democracy protests and “stamp out dissent” both on the ground and on the internet. Due to these actions against the digital rights of Thai protesters, EngageMedia has published a short handbook in Thai on digital safety that expounds on these risks.

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Job Opportunity: Digital Rights Project Manager (Indonesia)

EngageMedia is seeking a Digital Rights Project Manager (Indonesia) who will work closely with the Digital Rights Program Manager to oversee EngageMedia’s Digital Rights initiatives in Indonesia. The position supports program planning, designs strategies and activities, coordinates staff and consultants, builds and strengthens networks and partnerships, contributes to fundraising, and directly implements projects.

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‘DaangDokyu’ film fest masterclasses co-presented by EngageMedia

At this year’s DaangDokyu: A Festival of Philippine Documentaries, EngageMedia co-presents two documentary masterclasses and a roundtable discussion on the state of Philippine media. The festival proper is divided into six main sections, in which select Filipino films are grouped and screened according to the following weekly themes: Martial Law, Ecology, Nation, Taboo, Localities, and Futures.

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Job Opportunity: Digital Rights Research Consultant (Indonesia)

EngageMedia is seeking a research consultant to produce a snapshot of digital rights issues, actors, advocacy, and networks in Indonesia. The research will provide a better understanding of the digital rights situation in Indonesia, including the successes and limits of the work done so far. The research will inform EngageMedia’s Indonesia digital rights strategy over the coming years.

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Problems in putting principles into practice: A critical view of AI ethics

In Part 2 of our series exploring existing artificial intelligence ethics and their shortfalls, we find that ethical principles and guidelines currently in use have limited substance in their content and also a high possibility of being used mainly as window dressing while diverting us away from more structural solutions such as legal regulations.

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“Shooting COVID-19” screened online at Gawad Alternatibo 2.0

EngageMedia’s short documentary “Shooting COVID-19: Media Frontliners in Manila” has been chosen to be part of a special online screening at the 32nd Gawad Alternatibo film competition, a part of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival by the Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP). The documentary is one of three films under the program, “Quarantimes Chronicles, Documentaries, and Film Essays”.

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Artificial Intelligence Southeast Asia

A critical view of AI ethics: Looking at the substance of ethical guidelines

In the digital era, AI ethics are not enough to stop tech companies from generating huge amounts of profits amidst negative impacts on the environment and society. In this blog post, we have discussed the substance of ethical guidelines that have mushroomed in the recent years and found that the contents of these guidelines are mostly focused on narrow fixes and carry with them problematic blindspots which do not help with systemic solutions.

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Switching from Facebook to the Fediverse: What’s stopping us?

Why aren’t progressive changemakers leaving Facebook for more ethical alternatives? To conclude this series on finding alternatives to corporate social media, I’ll discuss some of the challenges involved in switching to Fediverse and similar platforms, in the hopes that shedding light on such limitations will contribute to addressing them.

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