Between Memes and Mobilisation: Youth, Digital Literacy, and the Evolution of Political Expression and Action

Webinar Series on Digital Technologies and Democracy in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

Despite the various challenges and threats that political uses or abuses of digital technologies may pose to the democratic process, the younger generation of “digital natives” in Southeast Asia offers hope for digitised politics to evolve into more transformative and ultimately democratic directions. Attuned to the creative possibilities of digital political communications, and aware of the potential pitfalls of politics online, Southeast Asia’s youth are reinventing democratic politics through digital media. And while education in digital literacy is crucial to guide the digital energies of youth in positive ways, it is also youth’s innate digital literacy that may guide the democratisation processes in Southeast Asia.

This webinar examines the role of youth in the evolution of digital political communications. Ms Lestarini Saraswati Hapsoro (Lund University) will speak on “Meme-ing ‘Democrazy’: Conveyance of Political Dissent through Contemporary Public Discourse among Indonesian Youth”. Dr Fiona Suwana (University of South Australia) will talk about “Indonesian Young People and Digital Media Literacy for Digital Activism”. Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute) will conclude with a comparative analysis of “Digital Youth and Evolving Politics of Online Expression in Southeast Asia”. This webinar is moderated by Dr Benjamin Loh (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute). Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja and Dr Benjamin Loh will also provide the Concluding Remarks to this webinar series.

More info on the webinar series here.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Nov 02 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm