Nikkei Asian Review: Vietnamese social media networks spring up to challenge Facebook. “Vietnamese companies have started a string of new social networks in a bid to crack a sector dominated by Facebook, which boasts more than 60 million users out of a population of over 96 million. The latest debut was announced on July 23 by Gapo Technology, a unit of Hanoi-based G-group.’
Ohio University: Ohio University Libraries awarded grant to develop Southeast Asia Digital Library. “Ohio University Libraries has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to develop the Southeast Asia Digital Library in collaboration with 14 other institutions. The five-year grant was awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The project will update the Southeast Asia Digital Library with a new generation of digital initiatives and expand its collection of materials to further enhance studies of Southeast Asia, including language program support.”
Technology Times Pakistan: Punjab archives digitized historical web portal launched. “The digitized data covers the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial era in South Asia holding more than Seven Million files of unique documents and rare books. Secretary Punjab Archives & Libraries Tahir Yousaf and Chairman PITB Azfar Manzoor inaugurated the portal.” Unfortunately I got an error when I tried to access the link in the story.
South China Morning Post: Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news. “Pro-democracy movements in Southeast Asia grappling with limited freedom of speech have found a new battleground in social media, but the rise of authoritarian policies on online platforms may curtail the effectiveness of such efforts, regional analysts say.”
Dazed Beauty: Sanam Sindhi Is Spotlighting South Asian Beauty. “This account serves as a reminder that it’s important to tell our stories and diversity is not just a box to be ticked off. South Asian representation in beauty and fashion is often limited to a fairer complexion and a euro-centric idea of what is beautiful. This account is a visceral view of beauty in its most pure and raw form. This Instagram account is a place where you can learn about the African diaspora in India or simply be inspired by South Asian tattoo traditions and jewellery details.”
Asian Image: First ever photo archive of Asian Women and their cars to be launched. “Artist Dawinder Bansal is celebrating ‘Asian Women and Cars’ in the first ever photo archive of South Asian women and their cars. Asian Women & Cars: The Road to Independence is a brand new art installation and film about the first generation of South Asian women who learned to drive in the UK.” The site appears to be VERY new and there isn’t much content yet.
The Sociable: Social media is the new dais for Asian elections. “Asian countries, such as India, Thailand, and Indonesia are all starting an election year and are banking on social media and tech to draw in the votes. Here we take a look at the role of social media platforms in upcoming elections throughout Asia.”