Social Media, Polarisation, and Democracy in Southeast Asia

Social Media and Polarization in Southeast Asia

About the Webinar

The regulation of online political speech is an increasingly fraught issue for countries in Southeast Asia. Social media provides new opportunities for democratic expression but entails new risks in the form of polarisation, disinformation, and conflict. In this webinar, Ms Jasmine Chia (Thai Enquirer) surveys the recent flowering of Thai youth activism. Dr Abel Da Silva (CESTIL) considers the interaction of social media and recent political crises in Timor Leste. Mr Ravio Patra (Westminster Foundation for Democracy) analyses the implication of cyber policy for democracy in Indonesia. Finally, Mr Samuel Cabbuag (University of the Philippines Diliman) takes stock of the fraught relationship between social media and democracy under President Duterte in the Philippines. This webinar is moderated by Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja (ISEAS).

More info on the workshop here.


Ms Jasmine Chia, Contributor, Thai Enquirer

Dr Abel Da Silva, Researcher, Centro de Estudos Estrategicos de Timor-Leste (CESTIL) – RENETIL, Timor-Leste

Mr Ravio Patra, Program Officer, Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Mr Samuel Cabbuag, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman


Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja, 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.

Please register here to receive your unique link for joining the webinar.

Limited spaces only, register early to avoid disappointment.

To join the webinar,
1. Install the Zoom client onto your computer or download the app on your mobile device.
2. Set up a Zoom account, using the following link:
3. Click on the unique link in your email.

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 27 2020


9:00 am - 10:30 am