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Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on Digital Rights, is a podcast by EngageMedia dedicated to mainstreaming digital rights in the Asia-Pacific by amplifying regional voices and linking current affairs to issues on and related to digital rights. Find out more at EngageMedia.org/podcast.

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Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on Digital Rights, is a podcast by EngageMedia dedicated to mainstreaming digital rights in the Asia-Pacific by amplifying regional voices and linking current affairs to issues on and related to digital rights. Find out more at EngageMedia.org/podcast.

    Episode 14: Can Open Source Video Platforms Challenge YouTube?

    Episode 14: Can Open Source Video Platforms Challenge YouTube?

    With Big Tech monopolies owning many of the online services we regularly use, is there still a space (and an audience) for open source platforms and content outside this mostly proprietary ecosystem? EngageMedia is up for the challenge with the launch of Cinemata, a platform for social and environmental films about the Asia-Pacific. In this podcast episode, we expound on Cinemata with our Executive Director Andrew Lowenthal.

    • 46 min
    Episode 13: Australia's News Media Bargaining Code

    Episode 13: Australia's News Media Bargaining Code

    In early 2021, the Australian government enacted the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, which requires Facebook and Google to pay Australian media for their news content. On the one hand, the law can be seen as a triumph for journalism, an industry that for so long has bemoaned the loss of content and advertising revenue to Big Tech platforms. But on the other hand, critics have expressed concern over its implementation, and whether smaller news organisations and the public will really benefit in the long run.

    To better understand the Code, EngageMedia and Reset Australia Executive Director Chris Cooper have a nuanced discussion on how the Code affects different sectors of society –  and what precedents it will set in the Asia-Pacific region, where governments are increasingly passing more authoritarian laws that regulate content on online platforms.

    • 59 min
    Episode 12: Freedom of Expression Online

    Episode 12: Freedom of Expression Online

    EngageMedia sits down with Mong Palatino, Southeast Asia and Oceania editor of the community media website Global Voices, to talk about the threats to freedom of expression on the internet. Most importantly, we ask Mong: Is the internet still a safe space for us to freely express ourselves?

    • 48 min
    Pretty Good Podcast Episode 11: A Conversation with a Pro-Democracy Activist in Myanmar

    Pretty Good Podcast Episode 11: A Conversation with a Pro-Democracy Activist in Myanmar

    Almost two months since the Myanmar military staged a coup that overthrew the country’s newly elected government, pro-democracy activists and civil society in the country continue to stage daily demonstrations. But beyond sharing the relevant hashtags on social media, what concrete actions can the regional and international communities do to support those protesting on the ground? EngageMedia hears straight from Thinzar Shunlei Yi, a prominent pro-democracy activist, on how exactly the military is using technology against protesters, and what kinds of support Myanmar civil society needs to continue their fight for democracy.

    • 41 min
    Episode 10: Boosting Asia-Pacific voices in West-dominated tech discourse

    Episode 10: Boosting Asia-Pacific voices in West-dominated tech discourse

    The COVID-19 pandemic spurred on existing debates and developments on users’ privacy, government surveillance, and data monetisation. But what do all these mean for the Asia-Pacific? EngageMedia chats with Mishi Choudhary, founder of SFLC.in, on how recent events are affecting the region, and how we can boost our voices and influence the tech space.

    • 59 min
    Episode 9: The digital and democratic challenges in telling Myanmar's story

    Episode 9: The digital and democratic challenges in telling Myanmar's story

    There have been many reports on what is happening in Myanmar following the 2021 military coup, but more than ever we need to listen to stories from the ground, as told by the people of Myanmar. On this episode of Pretty Good Podcast, EngageMedia interviews filmmaker Stephen Minus (also known as Thet Oo Maung) on his experience documenting the protests that have swept the country, and the wider implications of the military's human and digital rights violations against the Myanmar people.

    • 34 min

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