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What’s in Cambodia’s New Internet Gateway Decree?
February 24, 2021

What’s in Cambodia’s New Internet Gateway Decree?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The move exacerbates ongoing concerns about Internet freedom and its effects on the country's political dynamics ahead of elections in 2022 and 2023.

Tech Companies Can’t Stay Out of National Security — Irrespective of What They Want
January 08, 2021

Tech Companies Can’t Stay Out of National Security — Irrespective of What They Want

By Jacob Parakilas
The January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob once again brings the role of social media in maintaining public security and safety to the foreground.
At War Online: South Korea and China
December 24, 2020

At War Online: South Korea and China

By Troy Stangarone
On the battlefields of social media, conflicts between citizens of China and South Korea are increasingly common.

Aim Sinpeng on the Dynamics of Social Media in Southeast Asia
December 22, 2020

Aim Sinpeng on the Dynamics of Social Media in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
"The Internet and social media’s arrival in the region have led to unprecedented levels of grassroots activism across societies."

Tech Giants Accused of ‘Industrial Scale’ Censorship in Vietnam
December 01, 2020

Tech Giants Accused of ‘Industrial Scale’ Censorship in Vietnam

By Sebastian Strangio
Hoping to preserve their access to a lucrative market, Facebook and YouTube have been increasingly willing to censor "anti-state" content.

More Evidence Emerges of Thai Royalist Influence Campaign
December 01, 2020

More Evidence Emerges of Thai Royalist Influence Campaign

By Sebastian Strangio
Thousands of recently-created Twitter accounts beamed out royalist hashtags intended to counter rising online mockery of the monarchy.

Twitter Suspends Sock Puppet Accounts Linked to Thai Military
October 09, 2020

Twitter Suspends Sock Puppet Accounts Linked to Thai Military

By Sebastian Strangio
Given how central social media networks have become to political life in Southeast Asia, it is no surprise that the region's governments are trying to manipulate and control them.
Facebook’s Apology for its Role in Sri Lanka’s Anti-Muslim Riots Should Spark Change
May 15, 2020

Facebook’s Apology for its Role in Sri Lanka’s Anti-Muslim Riots Should Spark Change

By Tasnim Nazeer
Facebook’s failure to remove hate speech and disinformation during the 2018 riots resulted in spurring on the deadly violence.

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues
March 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues

By Colleen Wood
While COVID-19 dominates Kyrgyzstan’s media landscape, citizens make memes to keep now-distant social issues relevant.

Social Media in Asia: A New Frontier for Mass Surveillance and Political Manipulation
November 15, 2019

Social Media in Asia: A New Frontier for Mass Surveillance and Political Manipulation

By Samuel Woodhams
Although stark across Asia, the rise of social media monitoring tools and disinformation campaigns is a global phenomenon.

Inside Afghanistan’s Online Battlefield
October 15, 2019

Inside Afghanistan’s Online Battlefield

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Social media provides another front for battle between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Kyrgyzstan: Sorting Through the Media Buzz Amid a Crisis
August 10, 2019

Kyrgyzstan: Sorting Through the Media Buzz Amid a Crisis

By Colleen Wood
Efforts to cover an unfolding political crisis in Kyrgyzstan struggle to balance accuracy with the need for up-to-date information.

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