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Katherine Borlongan

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English

Authoritarianism 2.0 : Censorship in Southeast Asia in the information age

The astonishing speed with which the Internet has spread throughout Southeast Asia testifies to the region’s appetite for alternative means of receiving and transmitting information. Unfortunately, this progress and use of new tools is now being matched by the efforts of authoritarian regimes to block the content they dislike, while still obtaining the benefits of internet. As yet untitled, my future thesis will therefore look at the constantly changing landscape of filtered internet and its consequences on democracy building in the  Southeast Asian region. It will consolidate research in political science and communication studies, seeking to translate and integrate concepts, methods and styles that have been traditionally isolated within disciplinary silos.