Civil and political rights

Access to information

Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet’s Misinformation Problem?

In the new age of the industrialization 4.0 the big information technology groups are taking proactive actions to remove detected coordinated propaganda campaigns, however is it enough?  Reading ...

What’s Behind Cambodia’s War on Fake News?

The government’s efforts to regulate fake news have raised concerns amid a wider campaign to suppress dissent as elections approach. Keep reading ...

U.S. raises concerns about Vietnam's proposed cybersecurity law

The United States has raised concerns with Vietnam about its proposed cybersecurity law, the U.S. Embassy said on Thursday, amid activists’ fears the new legislation will cause economic harm and crackdown on online dissent in the communist-ruled country. Keep reading   ...

Cambodia's press freedom ranking plunges

Cambodia has dropped 10 places in the World Press Freedom Index and risks mimicking China’s silencing of criticism, according to new data from international organisation Reporters Without Borders. Keep reading ...

Erin Handley

‘Women Make the News’: Online Database Connects Journalists to Thai Female Experts

Alarmed by the low number of women experts interviewed on mainstream media, UNESCO Bangkok has launched a website that links Thai journalists and researchers to female academics, government officials, corporate leaders, and NGO activists. Keep reading ...

Mong Palatino

The data commons: What lies ahead for the Mekong region?

Open data access and sharing in the Mekong is spreading. Open data can increase public participation, aid greater transparency in government, and improve resource governance, city planning or public health monitoring. A number of initiatives, both private sector and civil society, are emerging.  However, a ...

Mai Lan

Control of information shifts up a gear in run-up to Cambodia election

Critics of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have grown used to following upstart news service Fresh News to find out what the government’s next target might be.From treason accusations against detained opposition leader Kem Sokha to the tax demand against the now-shuttered Cambodia Daily to ...

Matthew Tostevin

ASEAN legislators 'alarmed by Cambodia crackdown'

Members of parliament from ASEAN countries have expressed grave concerns over the “worsening human rights situation in Cambodia” which has seen authorities continue to crack down on independent media outlets and civil society organizations.Keep reading ...

Bagus Saragih

Vietnam looks to bolster its internet censorship

Following the recent intensification of his country’s crackdown on political dissent, Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang has argued for the need to develop a more robust internet censorship regime in an article published to a state media website. Quang said enemies of the state had ...

Regime aims to tighten media control, surveillance

The junta’s National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has given the green light to media reform proposals which will tighten control over online media and surveillance.On 3 July 2017, the NRSA voted 144-1 in favour of the report compiled by its social media reform subcommittee. Keep reading ...

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