NIU Today: NIU Libraries receives $610,000 grant for Southeast Asia Digital Library

NIU Today: NIU Libraries receives $610,000 grant for Southeast Asia Digital Library. “[Northern Illinois University] Libraries has been awarded a four-year grant of $610,000 by the Henry Luce Foundation to enhance the Southeast Asia Digital Library (SEADL), a collaborative project of the Association of Asian Studies’ Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia (CORMOSEA), an association of Southeast Asia librarians and member institutions across the United States…. Most of the funding will be used to hire a web developer while the rest of the money will go toward digitization projects for Southeast Asia materials, including palm-leaf manuscripts from the National Library of Cambodia, documentary videos of the Cham people in Vietnam and storage cost.”

Ohio University: Ohio University Libraries awarded grant to develop Southeast Asia Digital Library

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.”

Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news (South China Morning Post)

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.”

University of Massachusetts Lowell: Event Unveils Digital Archive Celebrating Lowell’s Southeast Asian Communities

University of Massachusetts Lowell: Event Unveils Digital Archive Celebrating Lowell’s Southeast Asian Communities. “The archive is designed to be used by the public, students, teachers, researchers and scholars. In it, users will find documents and oral histories from the Indochinese Refugee Foundation (IRF), a Lowell-based organization active from 1977 through 1985 that helped Southeast Asian immigrants settle in the region in the wake of the Vietnam War and to escape Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. The organization was founded by Hai and Lan Pho, former UMass Lowell faculty, and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney served as the IRF’s executive director before joining the university. The archive also includes works by photographer James Higgins, who documented the Southeast Asian-American experience and life in Lowell in a series of photo books from 1983 to 1997; the books, now out of print, are available on the new digital platform. Other items in the archive include materials from Lowell’s Angkor Dance Troupe and Burmese community.”

Yahoo News: Indonesia to launch startup database as reference for digital industry development

Yahoo News: Indonesia to launch startup database as reference for digital industry development. “Indonesia is enjoying a massive growth of its digital industry, as indicated by the increasing number of tech startups operating in the country. It even managed to have four unicorn startups already; the second biggest number in Southeast Asia after Singapore. To support President Joko Widodo’s Digital Energy of Asia vision, it is not sufficient for Indonesia to rely solely on initiatives by industry stakeholders. There is also an urgency to support the vision by providing a comprehensive startup database.”

Bangkok Post: Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears

Bangkok Post: Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears. “It has been being jokingly referred to as ‘Botmageddon’. But a surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation.”

Foreign Policy: Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook

Foreign Policy: Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook. “A few days after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, a Facebook representative was already being grilled on the company’s trustworthiness before a Singaporean select committee. The company’s vice president of public policy for the Asia-Pacific, Simon Milner, confirmed that, if the courts ordered it, the company would remove ‘falsehoods’ that had been ‘defined as illegal.’ But just who gets to decide what constitutes an ‘illegal falsehood’ is a worrying question. The social media, with its power and reach, has reshaped Southeast Asian politics — but it’s also handed a new tool to potential authoritarians as they look to define truth and falsehood online.”