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State of the Digital Nation: The Digital Rights Report 2020

The State of the Philippine Digital Nation

The Foundation for Media Alternatives, a Coconet community member, has published a new report, “State of the Digital Nation: The Digital Rights Report 2020”, that documents how human rights were impacted by technology and digital innovations in the country. The report is based on findings from January to December 2020.

#JournalismIsNotACrime: Stand with New Naratif against harassment of independent journalists

Since July 2020, the independent news organisation New Naratif has been under attack by the Singaporean government in for allegedly breaking the Parliamentary Elections Act by boosting elections-related Facebook posts containing during the previous Singaporean election. New Naratif has stated that, “the Prime Minister’s Office is abusing the law to attack us as part of a long-standing campaign of intimidation and harassment”.

Protesters participate in an anti-military rally in downtown Yangon

Myanmar Civil Society Statement on the draft Cyber Security Law

This statement by civil society organisations in Myanmar was originally published in Free Expression Myanmar, a Coconet community member, on February 11, 2021. It has been republished here with permission. For more timely updates on #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar, check out and follow the Twitter accounts of Coconet members Free Expression Myanmar and Myanmar ICT for Development Organisation (MIDO).

Excerpt: “On the Use of Digital Identity in Asia”, a three-part series on digital IDs

Digital identification, or digital IDs, have become more common in Asia, with some countries even mandating its use for their citizens. Ho Ming-hsuan writes about the digital ID experiences of Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea – and lists various issues that need to be tackled before digital IDs can be adopted more thoroughly in the region.

Silencing the Media Won’t Stop the Thailand Protests

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.

Call for solidarity: How the international community can show support for Thai protesters

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 this law.

Activism is not a crime

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.

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Series on AI and Southeast Asia now available in Thai

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 with a postgraduate degree in Digital Communications from the University of Westminster.

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Statement: Finas Act must be reformed to protect freedom of expression

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.

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What are digital rights?

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.