The Malaysian government’s clampdown on free expression online using the Communications and Multimedia Act compelled documentary filmmaker and journalist Yihwen Chen to make ‘The Offensive Internet’.
For the second instalment of the bi-monthly Impact Talks, three filmmakers will share their experiences in ensuring inclusivity and the meaningful representation of people living with disabilities in film production.
The director behind ‘Black Out’ shares how the Tech Tales film was created to combat widespread disinformation and fear mongering by the Myanmar junta in the aftermath of the 2021 coup.
In this episode, Dr Jun-E Tan expounds on her research with EngageMedia on AI governance in Southeast Asia, discussing the need to contextualise this technology based on the region’s needs and how countries can govern AI in ways that protect people.
For our featured playlist this January, EngageMedia curates a collection of films that spark hope and inspire collective action through the stories of people and communities prevailing amidst societal challenges.
In many Asia-Pacific countries, contact tracing apps are now doubling as vaccine passports, used by governments to enforce various restrictions on travel and entry to a wide variety of venues and establishments. But the widespread waning of vaccine protection against infection and transmission requires a debate on whether vaccine passports are effective as a pandemic management tool – or merely a form of theatre that opens up a host of privacy, and security issues.
Tech Tales: ‘Moving’, ‘brave’ films uncovering interconnected digital rights issues in the Asia-Pacific
Members of Tech Tales’ advisory board, who worked together with EngageMedia and the filmmakers to ensure the films’ accuracy in depicting digital rights, say the collection highlighted human experiences of technology that needed to be told.
The COVID-19 pandemic is no longer just a global health crisis but one with widespread implications across all sectors of society. We still don’t know how long this crisis will last, but we do know it will change the way we work, travel, study, and interact with each other in the future.
As a new digital authoritarianism has taken hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a great necessity to re-invigorate human rights and civil liberties. Addressing this will be EngageMedia’s key focus in 2022, through our various projects on digital rights, open and secure technology, and Video for Change.