Geopolitical Rivalry and Social Media Polarization in Southeast Asia

Social Media and Polarization in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

Major power competition between the US and China is emerging as a polarization meta-narrative, not just in Southeast Asia but also globally. Some ask whether we are on the cusp of a new Cold War. An increasingly bi-polar world order may be interacting with social media in ways we are only beginning to understand. But influence over tech platforms and the internet is already at the centre of US-China rivalry. This webinar looks at how heightened geopolitical rivalry in Southeast Asia is playing out on social media platforms and being shaped by technology and cyber policy. Ms Elina Noor (Asia Society) examines cyber policy and geopolitical rivalry in Southeast Asia. Mr Dien Nguyen An Luong (ISEAS) analyses how US-China rivalry is influencing social media in Vietnam. Dr William Choong (ISEAS) surveys major power competition across multiple platforms and looks at the future of online political debate in Southeast Asia. Dr Quinton Temby (ISEAS) analyses the impact of China’s rise on social media activism in Thailand and Indonesia. This webinar is moderated by Dr Benjamin Loh, Senior Fellow and Coordinator of ISEAS’ Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme.

More info on the workshop here.


Ms Elina Noor, Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute

Mr Dien Nguyen An Luong, Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr William Choong, Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Quinton Temby, Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


Dr Benjamin Loh, Senior Fellow and Coordinator, Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


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Nov 26 2020


9:00 am - 10:30 am