Reflecting from Global Voices Asia-Pacific Summit 2019, Taipei, Taiwan

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Authoritarianism is not new—even societies that embraced democracy years ago still do not apply fully the democratic processes in their governance. With the rise of the Internet which was always intended to provide individuals more importance, there has been a rise of online authoritarianism. For a community like Global Voices that is deeply invested in researching and reporting about the digital rights of individuals around the world, the first ever Global Voices Asia-Pacific Summit helped bring researchers, journalists, activists and digital rights watchdogs under the same roof to help each other understand the nuances of the current trends in digital authoritarianism.

Our Subhashish Panigrahi participated in this two-day forum in Taipei city, Taiwan to discuss about the issues in India that largely affected the marginalized community. Subhashish shared our learning and experiences the past work which have largely been on media and open resource development in the domains of linguistic, cultural and social issues of marginalized communities in South Asia. Below are some of the highlights of his talk captured on Twitter—they were a part of a keynote panel moderated by Ivan Sigal of Global Voices and other panelists in this discussion were Lotus Ruan of CitizenLab, University of Toronto, Pongpan Chumjai of Prachatai, Thailand and Cédric Alvani of Reporters Without Borders East Asia Bureau.

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