Category Archives: Social Media

The Rohingya and the Viral Ummah

Showing a Rohingya man in front of his burning village, the picture at left and hundreds like it have been shared by millions across social media, blogs and discussion forums as part of a surge of global protests responding to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Access Contested: Security, Identity and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace

We have one copy of this excellent book to give away – just scroll down and leave a comment to enter the draw! Last week Thailand became the first country in the world to endorse Twitter’s new censorship policy. Despite … Continue reading

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Singapore online: speaking up and acting out?

This post is co-authored with Natasha Cowan of Flinders University Organised via Facebook, the recent Occupy Singapore protest failed to attract any actual protestors, leaving foreign journalists disconsolate in their search for evidence of Singapore’s newly thriving political sphere. More … Continue reading

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Street politics and social media: BBM and the London contagion effect

Recent waves of unrest in the developed world have had commentators wondering nervously if social media might facilitate the spread of unrest in Athens or Paris or now, New York, just as it did in Tunisia, Egypt and London. This … Continue reading

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Indonesia: why Facebook?

What drives Indonesia’s massive growth in social media use, especially Facebook? Indonesia has driven Facebook’s growth rates in the region and is one of Facebook’s top markets worldwide. This isn’t necessarily only a function of Indonesia’s size: Internet penetration as … Continue reading

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Russia’s Internet: censorship, copyright and cronies

Just as in other BRICs, Internet use in Russia is increasing rapidly, averaging 30% growth per annum.  The country is also experiencing a social media boom – according to some sources, it has the most socially engaged media population on … Continue reading

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