Asia

Foundation for Media Alternatives, Philippines: Internet shutdowns and the myth of security and public safety
Foundation for Media Alternatives, Philippines: Internet shutdowns and the myth of security and public safety 26 January 2018 Foundation for Media Alternatives

APC member in the Philippines Foundation for Media Alternatives expresses grave concern over the decision of the Philippine authorities to shut down cell sites during huge festivities, a measure that restricts people's right to communicate.

Expanding community networks: Around the world with AlterMundi
Expanding community networks: Around the world with AlterMundi 24 January 2018 Nico Pace, AlterMundi

AlterMundi member Nico Pace shared an account of his most recent travels related to the expansion of community networks with APC.

COCONET: Learning to maximise the benefits of technology for human rights advocacy
COCONET: Learning to maximise the benefits of technology for human rights advocacy 16 January 2018 Md. Toufikul Islam, Bangladesh Friendship Education Society

The COCONET Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp 2017 was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 22-26 October, organised by EngageMedia with the support of APC and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA). The camp mainly focused on interactive learning and longer-term network building.

Voice, visibility and variety of viciousness: A Malaysian study on women's lived realities on social media
Voice, visibility and variety of viciousness: A Malaysian study on women's lived realities on social media 08 January 2018

This is the fourth study on internet rights by Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) under the APC-IMPACT project. It builds on EMPOWER’s previous research on online freedom of expression and freedom of information as well as freedom of assembly and association. It is a feminist response to increased instances of bullying and harassment on social media, seeking better understanding ...

Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks
Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks 23 December 2017 Angela M. Kuga Thas, EMPOWER

As an organisation that has worked with the Orang Asli indigenous women in peninsular Malaysia since 2013, one of the biggest challenges we have faced as EMPOWER is how best to integrate the work on the right to information and access to ICTs with the most pressing of issues: native land rights.

COCONET: Learning from each other to achieve the social justice we all want
COCONET: Learning from each other to achieve the social justice we all want 23 December 2017 Srinidhi Raghavan, Point of View

A few kilometres away from the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the COCONET Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp was held between 22 and 26 October 2017. The camp was hosted by EngageMedia, APC and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), along with key regional allies.

Interview with Women's Media Collective, Sri Lanka: About lesbian tutorials and other strategies
Interview with Women's Media Collective, Sri Lanka: About lesbian tutorials and other strategies 21 December 2017 Shubha Kayastha

As part of the EROTICS research, the Women's Media Collective, Sri Lanka did research on human rights of Sri Lanka lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer and on the uses of online space by lesbian women. In this interview by Shubha Kayastha, WMC talks about their process and recommendations.

The right to scream: Research on sexuality, internet and communication
The right to scream: Research on sexuality, internet and communication 21 December 2017

This GenderIT.org edition is an exploration of the multiple layers of the relationship between sexuality, rights and sexual expression and the internet. Does it open up new avenues and forums for expression, or does it expose people to more variations of the violence, abuse and harassment that we face onground/offline? And is this even a question to ask, since it is now inevitable that we are a...

Global Information Society Watch 2017 special edition: Unshackling expression - A study on laws criminalising expression online in Asia
Global Information Society Watch 2017 special edition: Unshackling expression - A study on laws criminalising expression online in Asia 19 December 2017

In this special edition of GISWatch, APC brings together analysis on the criminalisation of online expression from six Asian states: Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand.

EROTICS South Asia exploratory research: Sex, rights and the internet
EROTICS South Asia exploratory research: Sex, rights and the internet 19 December 2017 Bishakha Datta, Smita Vanniyar, Jasmine Lovely George, Neha Mathews, Rachel Bali, Zahra Adamjee Indu Nepal, Jyotsna Maskay, Shiwa Karmacharya, Shaun Kirven, P.M. Deshapriya, J.M. Mendis Shermal Wijewardene, Subha Wijesiriwardena, and hvale vale

EROTICS is an exploration of the internet and its multi-layered relationship with sexuality, rights and sexual expression, and is a space/place of practices and a network of people which started in 2008. Its purpose was and is to look into the obscure, the unexpected and the obvious. EROTICS in its second iteration, first of all, included two new countries: Nepal and Sri Lanka, and these form a...