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movement building in the Asia-Pacific.

  • 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...

  • This article is a republication of the June 21, 2020 statement of civil society organisations in Myanmar on the year-long internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin states. Chit Hnin Yu from Free Expression Myanmar writes about her thoughts on the internet shutdown and the joint statement....

  • Note from the editor: After recent news related to human rights and freedom of expression in their country, Coconet members from Thailand shared the following call for solidarity addressed to the international community. We would like to share it here in full, with some links......

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  • Hope for political change in Thailand has grown stronger in 2020 after a wave of student protests across the country followed the constitutional court’s dissolution of the opposition Future Forward Party. This wave of protests, dubbed the “youthquake” phenomenon, is reflective of the political awareness among the Thai youth. Despite the ban on public assembly, the youth have taken to platforms onl...