Contribute to Coconet.social

Coconet.social publishes and promotes Coconet community contributions that tackle digital rights, open technology, and media freedom issues, and situate these topics in the Asia-Pacific context. Among the goals of the Coconet community is the mainstreaming of digital rights in the region. As such, this website is a community platform that houses a variety of views often marginalised in the global conversation on digital rights, encouraging respectful debate and discourse on digital rights and related topics in the region.

This editorial policy may change at any time, so check this page regularly for updates.

(Last Updated on 6 August 2020)

What do we publish on Coconet.social?

The Coconet.social publishes original contributions from the Coconet community that:

  • contextualises digital rights issues for Asia-Pacific audiences
  • relates current events with broader digital rights issues
  • encourages discussion on digital rights among changemakers in the region, as well as with mainstream audiences
  • aids in the development of the digital rights movement in the region
  • are well-researched and backed by proper sources
  • encourages and promotes progressive views and critical debate

Coconet.social submissions include, but are not limited to, the following formats:

  • Essays or blog posts on issues related to digital rights
  • Excerpts of works by the Coconet community published in other websites or publications
  • Statements signed by members of the Coconet community in their individual or organisational capacity
  • Calls to action and calls for solidarity for changemakers under attack
  • Individual or community profiles (if people want to highlight an individual or an organisation/collective)
  • Interviews
  • Visual materials: Photo essays, illustrations, comics, and infographics
  • Audio and/or video content
  • Reviews (of books, films, events, etc.) related to digital rights
  • Guides (like digital hygiene, how to do video-conferencing, how to do podcast with FLOSS, etc.)
  • List(icle), e.g., 5 biggest data breaches that have happened in your country, etc
  • Translations of any of the formats above from English into any Asia-Pacific language or vice versa

If you would like to contribute, please email us and the Coconet.social team will contact you for collaboration.

Why contribute to Coconet.social?

  • Space – Coconet.social is a welcoming space where the views of members of the Coconet community can find a home and an audience on the internet. All articles on the site are also available free of charge and come with a Creative Commons license.
  • Reach – Our website’s audience boasts of changemakers from across the Asia-Pacific working on digital rights (and more broadly, human rights), open technology, media freedom, and other related issues. Contributing to Coconet.social will bring more visibility to your content.
  • Editorial value – Your contribution to Coconet.social will be among a collection of curated and relevant content, which has been – and continues to be – a valued resource for digital rights movements in the region.
  • Multi-lingual – While the content on Coconet.social is primarily in English, we have many posts in different regional languages.

What if I want to contribute, but have difficulty writing in English?

Non-English contributions are in fact welcome and encouraged. The Coconet.social team will assist authors who need help with editing work translated from a local language. If the submission is not in English, however, we would highly recommend and appreciate an English summary and/or excerpt to accompany the non-English content. 

Can author(s) remain anonymous?

While the preference is always for authors to identify themselves with their work, we acknowledge that there are often privacy and security concerns when writing about certain topics. As such, we will allow publishing under an anonymous or pseudonymous byline.

How do we contribute to Coconet.social?

All contributions should be sent to contribute@coconet.social. EngageMedia, as co-convenor of the Coconet camps, has the right to edit contributions before publication, subject to the approval of the author/s.

When can I expect a response to my submission?

We strive to get back to you within three working days. Please make it clear to our editors if your submission is related to a breaking news story so we can prioritise it accordingly.

Can I republish, copy, adapt your content?

Unless otherwise stated, all works published in Coconet.social are licensed with Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

as long as you give appropriate credit and provide a link to the license. You may not use the material for commercial purposes nor distribute the material if it is remixed, transformed, or built upon. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. Copyright of the article is held by the author or authors of each article.

Disclaimer

The facts and views expressed by the authors in their respective posts are not representative of the views of the Coconet community, EngageMedia, APC, or their funders. To find out more about the Coconet community, please refer to our About and Camps pages.