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.
EngageMedia invites filmmakers, video journalists, and animators across the Asia-Pacific to produce short films on important digital rights issues happening in our region. The works produced will be part of the July 2021 film collection, “Tech Tales: Films about Digital Rights in the Asia-Pacific”.
Despite various digital rights violations in the Asia-Pacific, there are not enough films that document these issues in the region. Through “Tech Tales: Films about digital rights in the Asia-Pacific”, EngageMedia will help produce eight to ten films about digital rights in the region.
“Pretty Good Podcast” is a video podcast on mainstreaming digital rights in the Asia-Pacific by amplifying regional voices and linking regional experiences and news to broader digital rights discussions. The podcast is produced primarily using free and open-source software.
Despite having the fourth biggest population on the planet, Indonesia is rarely represented in regional and global digital rights conversations and networks. To address these and other challenges and opportunities, EngageMedia is working to strengthen digital rights networks in the country, among other projects that will expand the global profile of Indonesian digital rights issues.
Coconet is a network and platform for digital rights movement-building in the Asia-Pacific. Its online hub is Coconet.social, where partners and members of the Coconet community produce and publish regional content on digital rights awareness, advocacy, and activism.
How does artificial intelligence (AI) affect Southeast Asia? By exploring its uses and implications to regional human rights movements, we aim to increase civil society’s awareness on the topic and understand how AI can be incorporated into digital rights advocates’ lines of work.