In recent years, internet shutdowns have been used to suppress digital rights in several South and Southeast Asian countries. This article explains the technical aspects behind different kinds of shutdowns and how civil society groups are responding.
The report breaks down the technical aspects behind internet shutdowns and cites examples from incidents reported in South and Southeast Asian countries. It also includes actions that individuals and civil society members can take in the broader movement to safeguard and uphold freedom of internet access and digital rights.
The September 2022 report looks at the ecosystem that supports the localization of digital security tools and guides into five major Southeast Asian languages, and assesses whether, and to what extent, these resources are localized and kept up to date.
Published between April and August 2022, the 10 articles from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Australia examine the how and the why of each country’s pandemic response, and shed light on more rights-respecting paths.
The government’s COVID-19 response opened the door to various threats to human and digital rights. With the influence of its neighbours with poor rights records, Nepal must decide on its own path if it envisions a democratic digital ecosystem.
EngageMedia and Asia Centre conducted in-depth research identifying how the Computer Crime Act restricts digital rights, including freedom of expression, in Thailand.
EngageMedia’s new report highlights digital safety threats against rights defenders in South and Southeast Asia
During this year’s RightsCon, EngageMedia presented a new research report assessing current digital safety and internet freedom challenges in select Asia-Pacific countries.
The first report under the Greater Internet Program assesses current digital safety and internet freedom challenges in select Asia-Pacific countries, and aims to contribute to advocacy around strengthening the protection of human rights.
EngageMedia, in partnership with the Asia Centre and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, is conducting in-depth research to identify the impact of Thailand’s Computer Crime Act on digital rights and increase the awareness and capacity of the Thai public to safeguard freedom of expression online.