Coconet is a platform for digital rights

movement building in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Civil society organisations in Myanmar condemn the unjust arrests of the students, and we demand to immediately release them and urgently drop all the charges made against them....

  • The Thai government has banned four independent media outlets and a Facebook page from generating and broadcasting any news content under the premise that these organisations pose a major threat to national security. The government’s decision to ban these groups, however, is both misleading and counterproductive....

  • Nepali organisation Body and Data is calling on netizens to condemn online harassment against TikTok and Instagram user Nikisha and women and gender and sexual diverse individuals. ...

  • Today, on the anniversary of the 2006 Thai coup, protesters will once again gather at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, to call for political changes and democratic reforms. Students as young as 14 years old have been at the forefront of the protests, with some groups demanding ten key reforms, among them the revocation of the lese-majeste law and the pardoning of all those jailed due to ...

  • Doublethink Lab summarises the Hong Kong National Security Law and details from a legal perspective how the law affects not only Hong Kong nationals but also individuals and civil society organisations in the region....

  • 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 shutdo...

  • The need for accurate translations for English resources on technology continues to be necessary in order to reach a wider audience in our diverse region. In line with that thrust, the three-part series on artificial intelligence (AI) in the context of Southeast Asia by Jun-E Tan is now available in Thai. This AI series was voluntarily translated by Teerada Na Jatturas, a consultant with UNESCO wi...

  • We appeal to Finas to stay true to its role of “uplifting, nurturing and facilitating” the development of the Malaysian film industry, as stated in Section 6 (1) of the Finas Act, and not function against the interest of filmmakers. If Finas enforces regulations under the law to censor and penalise filmmakers, it will go against its own objective and purpose....

  • What are digital rights? While human rights have been more clearly defined through the UN Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and translated into various legally-binding laws, the same cannot be said for the terms “digital”, “technology”, or the “internet”. In unpacking these terms, we’ll find the interpretations vary much more widely....

  • What does it mean when technologists say “you can code anything”? In her inaugural article for The IO Foundation, Maryam Lee shares her thoughts on why human rights perspectives have the potential to move technological innovation to greater heights. She also argues that people do not need to choose between enjoying the latest technologies and human rights, and how they both could co-exist in our l...