Roundtable/Focus Group Southeast Asian content moderation protocol for advancing technology for democracy

Open Net (Korea) and Southeast Asian Collaborative Policy Network

Lisa Garcia, FMA
Damar Juniarto, SAFEnet
K.S. Park, Open Net Korea

  • Monday, 22 May 2023 (Day 1)
  • 15:30 – 17:00 hrs (GMT+7)
  • CMU Art Center – Theater

Online administrative censorship is on the rise in Southeast Asia. Malaysia, Viet Nam, Thailand, and Indonesia implemented mandatory “notice-and-takedown” systems where criminal/civil liability are imposed on intermediaries for failure to take down or block websites when government agencies make the requests. We would like to discuss how we can work with ISPs and techs to push back on illegitimate censorship orders, what arguments we can present to them, etc. At the same time, social media trolls are attacking vulnerable groups to beat down the latter’s freedom of speech. We would like to discuss how we can work with the social media platforms in moderating these harmful contents.