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#CatchEmAll: The Geopolitics of Pokemon GO in Asia

An international relations reading of Pokemon GO in Asia? That’s right! The augmented reality mobile game took the world by storm, but it hasn’t just been about entertainment. Danielle Cave charts its journey in Asia, as it waded into geopolitical tensions, was used for politically symbolic sabre-rattling, and triggered a spurt of workarounds to get past blocks and bans.


Danielle Cave, based in Taipei, is a PhD scholar at the Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University (ANU). Her PhD thesis will examine online and offline connections between activists in Taiwan and Hong Kong. She writes regularly for the Australian media and the Lowy Institute for International Policy blog,The Interpreter, including on digital Asia and digital diplomacy topics. She is currently a Google Policy Fellow with Digital Asia Hub. 

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The Stratifying Internet: Measuring Digital Inclusion in the Mobile Era

A low-cost, mobile internet could reconfigure the provision of health and education, open new economic opportunities, and expand cultural, civic and political engagement. Yet the benefits of connection are distributed very unevenly across physical and social space. Julian Thomas outlines the risks of a stratifying internet, and of digital exclusion in the Asia-Pacific region.

Julian Thomas is Professor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. His recent books include Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (INC, 2016) and The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015). He is also a Member of Digital Asia Hub's Steering Committee. 

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Is China ‘buying the world’ again? Is Alibaba the poster child for global expansion?

Tech giant Alibaba Group's global ambitions have prompted fresh concerns that China may be ‘buying the world’. Hong Shen plays ‘follow the money’ to examine Alibaba’s corporate structure, financing, and global acquisitions, and shed some light on its positioning and strategy.

Hong Shen, from Shanghai, is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Research Associate at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She received a BA and MA in literature from East China Normal University, as well as as an MS in Journalism from the University of Illinois. She is completing her dissertation on the internationalization of the Chinese Internet. She is currently a Google Policy Fellow with Digital Asia Hub. 

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A Round-up of Reports, Podcasts and Documentaries About All Things Digital
Governance and Infrastructure
Digital Rights

China's draft Cybersecurity Law, now in its final reading, is on track to becoming the latest addition to the Chinese legal system. An English 
translation is available here

Amidst skepticism about implementation, Indonesia is poised to become the first Asian country to uphold the controversial 'Right to be Forgotten'.

In Kashmir, where internet connectivity has been blocked for over 3 months, two young developers have developed a new app to help people stay in touch. 

Looking for the Chinese rules on live-streaming services, social credit, real name verification policies, and so much more? Here’s an unofficial translation  of the original

Trending Technologies
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Trade

A collision of Chinese manufacturing, globalization, and consumer ignorance could ruin the internet for everyone, and even take down our cities if we let it.

Digital communication platforms like Whatsapp are increasingly used by lawyers in Singapore to serve notices and beat evasive tactics. 

On E-hailing and ridesharing in Pakistan and India: blindspots and flaws in the sharing economy

The Oxford Internet Institute uses the Online Labour Index from its new iLabour project to map the global availability of labour

Access, Education and Connectivity

Tech for Participation, Engagement and Development

A dubious world record? A total of 22 Internet shutdowns within 12 months cost India $968 million. Other estimates account for as many as 37 instances of shutdowns.

Silicon Valley's tech giants partner with Indian philanthropic trusts to help bridge the gap and bring connectivity to rural women in India. 

Are Facebook's algorithms enabling a sophisticated pro-Duterte propaganda machine and affecting democracy in the Philippines? 

November is Wikimedia Asian Month! A month-long online edit-a-thon to boost understanding among Asian Wikipedia communities and improve content.


DAH Seminar Series
To RSVP email Julianne Chan
On Our Radar
Updates and Events Across Our Network
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The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab has released 'Harmonised Histories', a report revealing hidden keyword blacklists that are used to censor chats on three popular Chinese live streaming applications, YY, 9158, and Sina Show. 

The Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society and the Data and Society Research Institute kicked off a brand new newsletter: 'Student Privacy, Equity, Digital Literacy’.

Coming Up

Consumers International is hosting a workshop on Consumer Protection and Empowerment in the Digital Age in Hong Kong on November 9. DAH Executive Director Malavika Jayaram is a speaker in the session on 'Addressing consumers’ biggest digital challenges'.

The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, is hosting a workshop titled Privacy after Big Data: What Changes? What should Change? on November 12 from 9:30am-5:30pm in Bangalore. 

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is hosting its annual Kaleidoscope academic conference in Bangkok from November 14-16, on the theme "ICTs for a Sustainable World". DAH Steering Committee member Michael Best will chair the ‘Role of ICT in Environmental Sustainability’ session.  

The Jules Verne's corner is a special session at Kaleidoscope on November 16, on “AI for a sustainable future: friendly companion or threatening conqueror?”. DAH Executive Director Malavika Jayaram is a speaker.

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