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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 27, 2018
Facebook’s Myanmar Troubles
By Luke Hunt
Scrutiny of the company’s alleged role in genocide in Myanmar has raised broader questions about social media in Southeast Asia.
August 31, 2018
Social Media Manipulation of Public Opinion in Korean Elections
By Dylan Stent
KBS recently began publishing articles describing how South Korea political parties have manipulated public opinion with social media.
August 25, 2018
Facebook: Strengthening Timor-Leste’s Democracy
By Corinda Hollis
The recent elections are the first real opportunity to look at the public-facing use of social media by political parties.
April 20, 2018
The Facebook Scandal Reveals the Philippines’ Cyber Vulnerability
By Chester Cabalza
The Philippines is one of the world’s most social media-active countries. That makes it one of the most vulnerable.
January 19, 2018
The Rapid Rise of Censorship in Southeast Asia
By Nithin Coca
From Myanmar to Indonesia, governments are clamping down on the internet and social media.
November 18, 2017
Beware Duterte’s Troll Army in the Philippines
By Mong Palatino
A recent report deepens concerns around the administration’s distortion of online information.