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Podcast Disko Episode 2: How social media fuels religious discrimination in Indonesia

Episode 2 of the Podcast Disko! series by EngageMedia and KBR Prime discusses how social media facilitates discriminatory behaviour, particularly when it comes to sensitive topics such as religion. In conversation with Asfinawati, the episode discusses ways to prevent discrimination and what can be done to create a friendly online space.

Statement: Drop charges against students protesting the Myanmar internet shutdown

Maung Saungkha and Kyaw Lynn are members of the Coconet community. Prior to his July 27 sentencing, Kyaw Lynn had published on Coconet.social articles on how the Myanmar internet shutdown is contributing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s attempts to censor information on the Arakan (Rakhine) conflicts. Both members were arrested for participating in protests against the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin states, currently the longest shutdown in the world.

Pride 2020 perseveres despite the pandemic and threats to freedom of expression online

Amid physical and social distancing guidelines across the world, LGBTQI+ organisations faced roadblocks in fully celebrating this year’s Pride month in person. But despite only weeks of preparation for the fully digital shift, Pride Month this past June 2020 was a success, in that its celebration intersected LGBTIQ+ issues with other pressing societal issues and broke social media silos by reaching out to new audiences online.

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