Frequently Asked Questions
Check this page regularly for updates on the DRAPAC23 Assembly.
Last updated: March 28, 2023
1. What is the DRAPAC23 Assembly?
In consultation with our growing list of partners, the event formerly known as the Asia-Pacific Digital Rights Festival will now be called the DRAPAC23 Assembly.
DRAPAC23 stands for Digital Rights in the Asia-Pacific 2023. The new name anchors the event in the previous country and regional digital rights forums – and channels the conversation, creativity, and camaraderie from these past events to a larger regional audience. The Assembly aims to strengthen solidarity and networks among changemakers, champion diversity and inclusion within the movement, and bridge the media, technology, and human rights fields.
DRAPAC23 will also launch the upcoming DRAPAC Network, led by a steering committee comprising some of the most active organisations working on digital rights in the region.
2. When and where is the Assembly going to take place?
The Assembly will be held from May 22 to 26, 2023, at Chiang Mai University and other venues around the city. Full details will be made available to confirmed participants.
3. Who will be participating?
DRAPAC23 is open to anyone interested in digital rights: academics, journalists, rights advocates, media-makers, artists, designers, technologists, youth advocates, representatives from marginalised communities, and more.
4. How can I participate? Are there fees to participate in the Assembly?
Only registered participants will be allowed at the Assembly. To register your interest to attend, fill out the form here. There is no registration fee to attend the event.
5. Where can I get information about travel and accommodations related to the DRAPAC23 Assembly?
- COVID-19 travel restrictions: Proof of vaccination is no longer required for entering Thailand. Travelers are advised to check this page and their respective countries’ travel protocols for requirements related to inbound and outbound travel. We also recommend navigating through Sherpa for up-to-date information on travel guidelines.
- Visa: The type of visa you need may depend on your country of origin and the duration of your stay. You may contact the appropriate embassy or consulate for more information on visa requirements.
- Travel arrangements: Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements to Chiang Mai and to the event venues. You may choose to use a travel agent or online booking platforms. There are many transportation options available in the city during your stay, including public transit, ride-sharing services, and taxis (Rod-Daeng).
- Modes of payment for goods and services: Cash in the local currency (THB) are accepted in markets, street stalls, and public transit such as buses, rod-daeng, and taxis. For convenience stores, shopping malls, hotels, larger restaurants and more, credit and debit cards are accepted.
6. What protocols will be observed during the Assembly?
- COVID-19: The Assembly will follow recommended health protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees. We encourage attendees to wear masks when feeling unwell and to observe social distancing and enhanced sanitation and hygiene practices.
- Participant safety and security: For participants with security concerns who wish to remain anonymous during the event, the Assembly team will exert all efforts to keep your personal information confidential. Please reach out to us if you have any concerns regarding your participation at the Assembly.
- Code of conduct: DRAPAC23 has a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of harassment. A code of conduct for the event will be co-created with participants. If you encounter or witness untoward behaviour during the event, please report it immediately to a member of the event staff or security personnel.
7. Where can I get more updates about the Assembly?
For further inquiries, email the DRAPAC23 team at [email protected].
8. Who can I get in touch with regarding partnerships and sponsorships related to the DRAPAC23 Assembly?
EngageMedia invites interested partners to support the Assembly through funding, media coverage, or volunteering.