FOR the videophiles, video clips of the presentations of the first two sessions can now be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Keynote speech by Sheila Coronel
FILIPINO journalist-blogger Manuel Quezon III started the third session by presenting "Tag-teaming against the President," a case study on how bloggers and the mainstream media in the Philippines kept a “banned” conversation going and online. His presentation can be downloaded here.
Andrew Lih, assistant professor and director of technology at the Journalism and Media Studies Center, University of Hong Kong, followed with a cursory look at independent blogging and podcasting in China. The presentation is downloadable here.
Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of the international citizens' media community Global Voices Online, concluded the session with a discussion of collaborative models for bloggers and mainstream media from around the world. Her presentation can be accessed here.
STEVEN Gan, founder and editor of Malaysiakini.com, commenced the second session by sharing the Malaysiakini experience in circumventing traditional restrictions on print and broadcasting media. His presentation can be viewed here.
Chi Dang of the Free Journalists Association, talked about how the online media are enabling Vietnamese inside and outside the country to reach out to each other to keep their democratic aspirations in sync. Download her presentation here.
Thai online journalist Piyapong Phonpai spoke about the use of the Internet — blogging, podcasting, and online radio — in pursuit of political reform in Thailand. View his presentation here.
PROF. Ying Chan, director of the Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong, started off with a description of the Asian Internet landscape — the Asian Internet usage/access vis-à-vis trends restrictions on traditional media; profiles, projections in Internet usage in Asia (from South Asia to Southeast Asia and China); and how the Internet has become a primary source of news and information in Asia. Download her presentation here.
Sein Win of mizzima.com discussed how new technologies like Skype are allowing the Burmese people to coomunicate and exchange information though strict Internet access controls and content regulation imposed by the military government remain, particularly on matters pertaining to politics and the military rule. Download his presentation here.
SHEILA Coronel, PCIJ executive director, set the tone of the conference with her keynote speech, the full text of which follows:
The Internet and Free Expression in Asia
First of all, welcome to Manila. I am pleased that we have gathered here today journalists, webmasters, and bloggers who are at the cutting edge of free expression in Asia. We have plenty to talk about in the next three days. We have much to share with, and learn from, each other. There are many things that bind us. Those of us who write from countries with a free press have found in the Internet an arena that is relatively free from the constraints of the profit-oriented mainstream media market. For us, the Web, especially blogs, has opened up spaces where news and information need not be trivialized, where serious, long-form reporting and incisive commentary need not be drowned out by a flood of sensational coverage and bite-size infotainment.
To those who come from countries where freedom of expression is curtailed — like Vietnam, China and to a lesser degree, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Nepal, the Internet has provided a haven, a safe space where journalists, citizens, and opinion makers are planting the seeds of a democratic discourse that is not yet openly possible in the mainstream.
I don’t need to remind you that this was not always so. Technology has opened up possibilities we would never have imagined in the past. We have before us today vast, new, and for the most part, unexplored fields where it is still possible for us to lay a claim, to stake out an arena free from the constraints imposed by repressive states and the restrictions inflicted by profit-hungry media markets. The Web has also made it possible for us to interact, like never before possible, with the audience out there, and to build virtual communities of citizens engaged in conversations about things that truly matter to the future of their community, their nation, their planet.
For the guidance of delegates, the PDF file of the conference program can be downloaded here.
THE "Free Expression in Asian Cyberspace" conference officially opens today at the ACCEED Electronic Library, Asian Institute of Management Conference Center in Makati City, Philippines.
The three-day conference brings together independent online providers of news and commentary from Southeast Asia, South Asia and East Asia in Manila to share experiences and discuss needs, threats, trends, and issues of ethics and the emerging roles and responsibilities of bloggers, podcasters and the alternative online media.
To the delegates, welcome!
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- Southeast Asian Press Alliance
- Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
- Article 19
- Reporters Without Borders
- Jeff Ooi | Screenshots
- Nepali Times
- Pakistan Press Foundation
- United We Blog!
- Don’t Block the Blog
- Global Voices Online
- Committee to Protect Journalists
- Citizen Lab
- Berkman Center for Internet and Society
- Ethan Zuckerman | My Heart’s in Accra
- Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
- Southeast Asian Center for E-Media
- Rebecca MacKinnon | RConversation
- James Gomez | JGNews
- Open Net Initiative
- Dr. Awab Alvi | Teeth Maestro
- Manuel Quezon III
- Journalism and Media Studies Center, University of Hong Kong
- Max Limpag | Leon Kilat: The Cybercafe Experiments
- Ellen Tordesillas
- Carol Arguillas | Mindanao Alerts
- CMFR’s Freedom Watch
- Sun Star Blog Chronicles
- Erwin Oliva | cyberbaguioboy
- John Nery | Newsstand
- Dean Jorge Bocobo | Philippine Commentary
- Philippine Network Foundation
- Foundation for Media Alternatives
- Open Society Institute
- Prachatai Daily
- Kom Chad Luek
- Institute of Policy Studies (Singapore)
- Vernon Totanes | Filipino Librarian
- Andrew Lih