Social Media and Extremist Networks in Southeast Asia

Social Media and Polarization in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

A striking aspect of political polarisation in the digital era is the prominence of extremist messaging on mainstream social media platforms. Militant and fringe networks are locked in a continuous game with platform moderators to evade ever-evolving regulations and to amplify their content. In Southeast Asia, as elsewhere, extremist content shifts rapidly in style and location, from platform to platform. In this webinar, Mr Nathan Shea (The Asia Foundation) presents pioneering research on ISIS messaging on Facebook in the Philippines. Dr Noor Huda Ismail and Ms Nur Dhania (RSIS, NTU and Ruang Obrol) discuss their recent work on violent extremism and deradicalization in Indonesia. Mr Jordan Newton (AIPJ) presents unique research on ISIS subcultures on the Telegram platform. This webinar is moderated by Dr Quinton Temby (ISEAS).

More info on the workshop here.


Mr Nathan Shea, Assistant Director, The Asia Foundation

Dr Noor Huda Ismail & Ms Nur Dhania, Visiting Fellow, RSIS, NTU  |  Content Producer, Ruang Obrol

Mr Jordan Newton, Consultant, Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice


Dr Quinton Temby, 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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Nov 26 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm