14 July 2017
EngageMedia, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), along with key regional allies, will be hosting COCONET, a Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp, in October 2017 in Indonesia.
COCONET, named after the coconut plant that is widely grown and used in the Southeast Asian region, also means Connecting Communities and Networks, as it aims to enhance regional networking and to build collaborations with organisations that can help expand and popularise digital rights issues. The organisers hope to connect members of the digital rights community to media and technology makers, as well as to grassroots digital activists, as a way to expand the social reach, and social movements, engaged with digital rights issues.
EngageMedia, APC, and SEAPA have brought together a regional consortium to co-design and host the camp. This consortium includes SafeNet (Indonesia), EMPOWER (Malaysia), Thai Netizen Network, Witness, Myanmar ICT Development Organization and Cambodia Center for Human Rights.
Please note that this camp is specifically targeted to people from Southeast Asian countries (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), but the organisers are also open to participants from other countries in the Asia-Pacific. Please note that scholarship support will prioritise applicants from Southeast Asia.
The organisers are looking for the following kinds of people to join us:
Internet rights advocates
Activists (those who are working with grassroots communities' issues and are using online platforms)
Techies (who are aware of political issues of technology and are interested in embedding themselves in social movements)
Media makers (creative content creators who advocate social change – journalists, bloggers, video makers, photographers, theatre practioners, painters, etc.)
Deadline: 10 August 2017