Social Media, Activism, and Civil Society in Southeast Asia

Social Media and Polarization in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

Social media has transformed the ability of civil society, activists and non-governmental organisations to challenge traditional power structures. It has never been easier to start a social movement online. But the digital disruption of civil society entails new risks and challenges, including the challenge of movement endurance and cohesion. In this webinar, Dr Nien Yuan Cheng (University of Sydney) examines migrant workers’ online storytelling in Singapore. Mr Hikmawan Saefullah (Padjadjaran University) looks at increasingly online anarchist subcultures in Indonesia. Dr Hilary Oliva Faxon (University of California) presents new research on digital cultures on Facebook in Myanmar. Dr Azly Rahman (independent author) closes with a presentation on recent activism and academic freedom in Malaysia. This webinar is moderated by Mr Dien Nguyen An Luong (ISEAS).

More info on the workshop here.


Dr Nien Yuan Cheng, Honorary Associate, University of Sydney

Mr Hikmawan Saefullah, Lecturer in International Relations, Padjadjaran University

Dr Hilary Oliva Faxon, Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Dr Azly Rahman, Author & Columnist


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


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 speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Nov 26 2020


11:30 am - 1:00 pm