Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on Digital Rights
Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on Digital Rights, is a podcast by EngageMedia dedicated to mainstreaming digital rights in the Asia-Pacific by amplifying regional voices and linking current affairs to issues on and related to digital rights. Find out more atEngageMedia.org/podcast.
With Big Tech monopolies owning many of the online services we regularly use, is there still a space (and an audience) for open source platforms and content outside this mostly proprietary ecosystem? EngageMedia is up for the challenge with the launch of Cinemata, a platform for social and environmental films about the Asia-Pacific. In this podcast episode, we expound on Cinemata with our Executive Director Andrew Lowenthal.
In early 2021, the Australian government enacted the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, which requires Facebook and Google to pay Australian media for their news content. On the one hand, the law can be seen as a triumph for journalism, an industry that for so long has bemoaned the loss of content and advertising revenue to Big Tech platforms. But on the other hand, critics have expressed concern over its implementation, and whether smaller news organisations and the public will really benefit in the long run.
To better understand the Code, EngageMedia and Reset Australia Executive Director Chris Cooper have a nuanced discussion on how the Code affects different sectors of society – and what precedents it will set in the Asia-Pacific region, where governments are increasingly passing more authoritarian laws that regulate content on online platforms.
EngageMedia sits down with Mong Palatino, Southeast Asia and Oceania editor of the community media website Global Voices, to talk about the threats to freedom of expression on the internet. Most importantly, we ask Mong: Is the internet still a safe space for us to freely express ourselves?
Almost two months since the Myanmar military staged a coup that overthrew the country’s newly elected government, pro-democracy activists and civil society in the country continue to stage daily demonstrations. But beyond sharing the relevant hashtags on social media, what concrete actions can the regional and international communities do to support those protesting on the ground? EngageMedia hears straight from Thinzar Shunlei Yi, a prominent pro-democracy activist, on how exactly the military is using technology against protesters, and what kinds of support Myanmar civil society needs to continue their fight for democracy.
The COVID-19 pandemic spurred on existing debates and developments on users’ privacy, government surveillance, and data monetisation. But what do all these mean for the Asia-Pacific? EngageMedia chats with Mishi Choudhary, founder of SFLC.in, on how recent events are affecting the region, and how we can boost our voices and influence the tech space.
There have been many reports on what is happening in Myanmar following the 2021 military coup, but more than ever we need to listen to stories from the ground, as told by the people of Myanmar. On this episode of Pretty Good Podcast, EngageMedia interviews filmmaker Stephen Minus (also known as Thet Oo Maung) on his experience documenting the protests that have swept the country, and the wider implications of the military's human and digital rights violations against the Myanmar people.
Following the recently concluded elections in Myanmar, EngageMedia sits down with Maung Zarni, Burmese scholar and co-founder of Forces of Renewal Southeast Asia (FORSEA), to discuss how the poll results tie into the bigger digital rights challenges that the country is facing today.
How can we ensure that marginalised communities in the region are safe to share their stories online? Bishakha Datta, Executive Director of Point of View, elaborates on how the challenges these groups face on the internet are parallel to the obstacles encountered offline, as well as how allies in solidarity can protect and amplify these stories in the digital space.
Piyanut Kotsan, Director of Amnesty International Thailand, enumerates the human and digital rights issues and violations occurring during the recent youth-led protests in Thailand, from the disproportionate use of laws against dissenting opinions and the increase in online harassment against young protesters.
Shita Laksmi, executive director of Tifa Foundation, chats with EngageMedia about internet intermediary liability, particularly in regards to disinformation on the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of the state in regulating content. We also ask: How can internet intermediaries balance people's freedom of expression with their right to be protected from online harms and manipulation?
On this episode of Pretty Good Podcast, we chat with Simon Harman and Sam de Silva from the Loki Foundation, makers of private messaging app Session, on the benefits of and challenges to using secure tools for communications. We also discuss ways to raise awareness on the importance of privacy, particularly in the Asia-Pacific where access to digital tech and literacy is highly uneven.
ARTICLE19 digital programme officer Vidushi Marda dissects the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the region's response to COVID-19 and what the new applications of this technology mean for digital rights after the pandemic.
The second episode of Pretty Good Podcast delves deeper into the Philippine court cyber libel ruling against journalists Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr. of Rappler, a Philippine news organisation known to be critical of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte. We ask John Nery, a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and co-founder of the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation: What does this case mean for press freedom, and what are the wider implications of this ruling for freedom of expression online?
The episode also features interviews with Filipinos who participated in a physical protest against the pending Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which has received criticism for its vague provisions on what constitutes as terrorism and that can target critical activists, journalists, and members of civil society.
On the pilot episode of Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on Digital Rights, EngageMedia chats with the Association for Progressive Communications executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, on the past, present, and future of digital rights in Asia-Pacific region. The pilot also tackles how the COVID-19 pandemic relates to digital rights and the importance of building and staying in touch with our communities to further the digital rights movement in the region.
Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on Digital Rights, is a podcast by EngageMedia dedicated to mainstreaming digital rights in the Asia-Pacific by amplifying regional voices and linking current affairs to issues on and related to digital rights. Find out more at EngageMedia.org/podcast.