Citizen Lab Cyber Stewards Network partner EngageMedia collaborated with Access and the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) to organize RightsCon Southeast Asia on March 24-25, 2015. The conference, held in Manila, brought together over 600 participants from the region and across the world.
EngageMedia is a civil society organization that uses the Internet and other technology to facilitate social and environmental change. Based in the Asia Pacific, EngageMedia works with a network of individuals and partner organizations on research, advocacy, and skills development.
Following RightsCon, EngageMedia engaged with an emerging network of digital rights activists in Indonesia. On September 28, 2015, EngageMedia met with SAFENET, an Indonesian digital rights advocacy group for a round-table discussion on privacy issues. Participants noted that the risks of releasing personal information online were not adequately understood. Strategies on how to improve awareness were shared. EngageMedia’s presentation on privacy was followed by review of the draft privacy legislation in Indonesia. The session highlighted the problematic elements of the bill, including provisions that allow authorities to conduct surveillance without court orders, such as tracking, digital conversation tapping, and data retention.