COCONET: Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp

by EM News May 10, 2019

Exciting news: applications will be soon opened for COCONET 2 in the Philippines!

COCONET is a platform to support digital rights movement building in Southeast Asia.

COCONET, named after the coconut plant that is widely grown and used in the Southeast Asian region, also means Connecting Communities & Networks and aimed to enhance regional networking and build collaborations to expand and popularise digital rights issues.

The first COCONET event took place in 2017 in Yogyakarta, which connected members of the digital rights community, media and technology-makers, and grassroots digital activists, to build the Southeast Asia digital rights movements. More than 100 people from varied backgrounds including journalists, human rights campaigners, women’s rights activists, digital security trainers, documentary filmmakers, writers, social media activists, and even artists participated in the event.

In October, 2019, 120 film-makers, researchers, journalists, human rights advocates, and technologists from across Asia will gather in the Philippines for COCONET II, the second version of this event.

For 5 days, the camp will break down silos, catalyse regional networking and collaboration, develop skills, deepen relationships, spark campaigns and bring new actors in the digital rights field.

Please stay tuned for more updates.


COCONET 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: What We Achieved

COCOCNET Camp Group Photo

From 23 to 27 October 2017, EngageMedia, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) along with key regional allies, hosted COCONET, a Southeast Asia Digital Rights camp.

COCONET 2017 public report (PDF 6MB).

COCOCNET CampCOCONET aimed to enhance regional networking and build collaborations to expand and popularise digital rights issues. The event connected members of the digital rights community, media and technology-makers, and grassroots digital activists, to build the Southeast Asia digital rights movements.

The event was co-designed by a regional consortium that included SafeNet (Indonesia), Empower (Malaysia), Thai Netizen Network, Witness, Myanmar ICT Development Organization, and the Cambodia Center for Human Rights.

More than 100 people participated, including journalists, human rights campaigners, women’s rights activists, digital security trainers, film-makers, writers, designers, social media activists. More than 80 sessions that took place over the five days. The camp was structured in an unconference style, with the participants creating and executing the agenda.

Here is a glimpse of the participants at CAMP COCONET:

SessionBelow you will find a list of media documenting the camp:

 


 

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