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Margaret Scott's "Indonesia's New Islamist Politics" on Fareed Zakaria GPS

Fareed Zakaria GPS, the weekly international news program on CNN, featured a segment on Indonesia based on an article in The New York Review of Books by Margaret Scott, who is one of the founders of the New York Southeast Asia Network.

Scott's "Indonesia's New Islamist Politics" is available here.

Disinformation Crisis and Southeast Asian Elections: Behind the Scenes of Fake News Production and Fact-Check Interventions

This talk explores the everyday digital labor of fake news production and the fact-check interventions that attempt to combat the disinformation crisis particularly in Southeast Asia. Drawing from the study "Architects of Networked Disinformation" which focused on the work arrangements and moral justifications of disinformation producers in the Philippines, the focus of the talk is to move beyond naming and shaming exceptional villain influencers to identify the vulnerabilities in both political and media ecosystems that make political trolling a lucrative sideline gig for elite strategists as well as precarious creative workers. The talk also identifies current challenges facing election integrity interventions and country-specific legislation against fake news in light of forthcoming elections in Indonesia and the Philippines. I reflect on Facebook's new investments supporting fact-check partners and content moderators in the region, which on one hand offer possibilities for culturally appropriate local response but on the other hand create incentive structures that once again target low-hanging fruits and not the real masterminds of fake news.

About the Speaker:

Jonathan Corpus Ong (PhD, Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Global Digital Media in the Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Television and New Media. He is co-author of the public report "Architects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines", funded by the British Council. He is currently project leader of "Reality Check"–an election integrity project that promotes voter literacy around disinformation for the May 2019 Philippine midterm elections.

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Q&A

Experts from Human Rights Watch and the Yale Law School answers questions from the audience as they give their assessments of the current state of human rights in the region.

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Regional Trends

Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, gives a regional overview of the human rights situation in Southeast Asia.

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Indonesia

Andreas Harsono, Indonesia Researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current human rights situation in Indonesia.


The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Myanmar

Katherine Munyan, researcher at the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Yale University, discusses the current human rights situation in Myanmar.

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia: The Philippines

Carlos Conde, the Philippines researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current human rights situation in the Philippines.

Islam, Identity and Populism in Indonesia

Andreas Harsono, Researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the role of Islam, identity, and populism in the 2019 presidential campaign season in Indonesia. This discussion will also preview his upcoming book, “Race, Islam, and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia.”

Andreas Harsono is a long-time Indonesian media freedom advocate, who helped establish the Alliance of Independent Journalists, the Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information, and the Pantau Foundation, as well as the South East Asia Press Alliance (Bangkok), and since 2008 has been a researcher for Human Rights Watch covering Indonesia.

Lost World

A young Cambodian islander, Phalla Vy, has dedicated herself to monitoring and speaking out against the sand dredging. Kalyanee Mam’s exquisite short documentary, Lost World, co-produced by Emergence Magazine and Go Project Films, evokes the pain of losing one’s land—and way of life—through Vy’s eyes.

Lost World juxtaposes imagery of Cambodia’s vast mangrove forests with footage of sand being deposited in Singapore. At the end of the film, Vy visits Singapore for the first time, where she observes citizens enjoying a brand-new theme park that was built on the land of her people. Throughout the film, her deep indignation is palpable.

Read more about it here

Putting Rohingya Voices Back into the Rohingya Crisis

In the wake of the ethnic cleansing of more than 700,000 Rohingya from Myanmar, various debates have erupted: What do the Rohingya want (their own state, a safe return to Burma, relocation)? And who are they (an indigenous ethnic group, “Bengali" interlopers masquerading as Burmese autochthons, a religious minority)? Based on on-going research in refugee camps in Cox Bazaar and with members of the Rohingya diaspora, Dr. Elliott Prasse-Freeman considers Rohingya social and political identity from a number of sociopolitical contexts, presenting historical, linguistic, and political data to complicate narratives advanced by disparate sides of the debate.