Cambodian Civil Society Strikes Back: Video Advocacy

My last post looked at how Cambodia’s authoritarian regime has sought to silence dissenting voices. This one looks at what one group of activists have done to make their voices heard despite the political crackdown.

When Cambodian authorities began closing down the public space with threats, surveillance, and harassment, harassment last year they also muzzled many digitally connected activists.

But some of the scrappiest activist groups became even more active. One of them stands out for their use of new media and particularly video advocacy.

នៅក្នុងវីដេអូមួយនេះយេីងនឹងលាតត្រដាងថា ខ្សាច់ដែលនាំចេញទៅប្រទេសតៃវាន់បានបាត់ស្ទេីរតែទាំងស្រុងហេីយក៏មិនខុសពីករណីដែលបាត់ខ្សាច់ជាង៧០០លានដុល្លាកាលពីមុនផងដែរ។ តេីមន្រ្តីពុករលួយដែលពាក់ព័ន្ធរឿងនេះគួរតែចាត់ទុកថាជាជនក្បត់ជាតិដែរឬទេ? សូមបងប្អូនជួយពិចារណា។In this latest video, we are exposing the fact that most of the sand exports to Taiwan have gone ‘missing’ from government records. This is not unlike the issue of 700 million dollars’ worth of sand that also went ‘missing’ a few months back. Can those corrupt officials involved in this scam be considered traitors? Watch and decide by yourself.

Publicerat av Mother Nature Cambodia Måndag 11 september 2017


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Curbing New Media Activism in Closing Civil Society Space

Social media use has transformed the way activists work and can be considered an integral part of the networked public sphere (Castells 2012; Tufekci 2017). New media and ICTs are central to the way activists raise awareness, challenge governments and mobilise supporters, although the actual impact of digital media may be overstated (Guo & Saxton 2013; Denskus & Esser 2013). Governments have also incorporated new media and ICTs into their strategies and often have far greater resources, the ability to dominate commonly used platforms, and access to internet and telecoms infrastructure.

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World Habitat Day in Cambodia: When Clearing Garbage is Political Dissent

World Habitat Day (WHD) is a significant date on the calendar of many activist groups, grassroots communities, and NGOs around the world. It falls each year on the first Monday of October and acts as a focus for protests and advocacy for the right to decent housing.

The UN describes it as a day to “reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter”. Unfortunately, the UN’s claim, that WHD “also reminds us we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns” does not ring true in many parts of the globe.

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From the Glossy Surfaces of Women’s Magazines to Humanitarian Activism

Internet culture is constantly changing. Nowadays, in contrast to traditional protest methods, a click is enough to be part of a movement, support it, and make it viral. Many organizations invite us to support causes we might agree with. In this sense, we can all become activists. One of these organizations is the UN and its UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador initiative.

“The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience, and awareness to this role.” Emma Watson, a UN Goodwill ambassador.

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Setting the Scene: New Media Activism for Social Change

Welcome to our new blog!

Over the next six weeks, we will explore what we think are some of the most interesting themes in new media activism for social change.

Coming from different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds — and based in different parts of Europe and the world — we will bring different perspectives to the discussion. This blog will mix theory with reflections on practice. We will sound off about techno-utopianism, positive and negative aspects of new media activism and some of the top trending issues in the blogosphere —as well as covering glocal events that employ new media for social change (locally and globally) with varying degrees of success.

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