(P23) Digital Media, Democracy, and Exclusion in Myanmar


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Session 4
Wed 16:30-18:00 K10 | 2.40


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Myanmar has become an archetypal case in the global debate over the emancipatory possibilities and repressive practices of digital connection. Social media both reflected and shaped Myanmar’s contested democratic transition: internet access increased astronomically in the wake of telecoms privatization in 2014 and Facebook has become a key platform for politics, information and hate speech. In the wake of the 2021 military coup, the internet has become a key domain for democratic mobilization, as well as authoritarian censorship and surveillance. This panel brings together scholars and scholar-activists working on the urgent topic of social media in Myanmar. We prioritize grounded perspectives that embed analysis of online practices in Myanmar’s longer political and cultural histories.