Old Politics, New Technologies: Social Media in the Democratic Process

Webinar Series on Digital Technologies and Democracy in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

In contemporary democracies social media may not only encourage political change; they can also be utilised to bolster political establishments and entrenched political relations, and thus to sustain a status quo. Furthermore, as political elites and other political stakeholders turn to social media to extend their influence, especially in times of heightened political competition such as elections, this often has the effect of exacerbating existing conflicts in society. This webinar discusses various ways in which digital technologies can be opportunities or weapons in institutional politics, and the transformative or detrimental effects this may have on the democratic process. The webinar features Dr Pauline Pooi Yin Leong (Sunway University) who will speak on “Mediatisation of Malaysian Politics: The Impact of Digital Media on the Democratic Process”, Mr Pradipa P. Rasidi (University of Indonesia) will discuss “Manufacturing Conversation, Engaging Excitement: Political Buzzing and Fake Account Operations in Indonesia”, and Dr Quinton Temby (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute) will examine “Social Media and Polarisation in Southeast Asia” from a comparative perspective. The webinar discussion is moderated by Dr Benjamin Loh (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute).

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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For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session.


Sep 28 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm