A Year in Review: 2022 at the Hub

In 2022, The Hub has continued on with and kickstarted a number of projects focused on the intersection of technology and society in the Asia Pacific region. As we wrap up this year, we’ve selected some highlights to share with you from completed projects as well as ways to get involved in ongoing ones. Earlier[…]

Meet Nayantara & the Ranking Digital Rights project

Digital Asia Hub has been partnering with Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) to advance corporate accountability in South-East and East-Asia by ranking selected corporate actors for their commitments to human rights. With much of the digital public sphere mediated by corporate technology businesses, it is imperative to understand how their business models square with consequences for human rights. Towards[…]

Next Digital Decade: Post-Pandemic Futures Report

In 2021, Digital Asia Hub (DAH) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Political Dialogue Asia Singapore launched a 2-part series, The Next Digital Decade: Case Studies from Asia. Volume 1, titled ‘Traces and Divides’, traces the impact of the Internet on society, politics, and life in Asia, while identifying the many divides that persist. Volume 2, titled ‘Spaces[…]

Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC)

Mobile Apps, Smartphones, Cloud Computing, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Metaverse, Blockchain. The Chinese Internet has evolved into a multilayered stack of digital technologies and devices with embedded protocols, cultures, and norms, used by billions of people around the globe.  The Global South is where Made in China digital technology meets the[…]

AI in Asia

Given the data-intensive nature of approaches such as machine learning, and the increasing ubiquity of AI in everyday products and services, there is a growing interest within the privacy community to understand its implications. At the same time, a tremendous amount of innovation and entrepreneurship in the AI space is emerging from Asia to address[…]

When the Music’s Over

We’ve had balcony concerts. Livestreams. Pots and pans banging. And clapping. (So much clapping). But we continue to ask: what next? What happens when the music stops, but the surveillance doesn’t? When bands return to stadiums, but emergency powers don’t return to the statute books? When the ‘new normal’ becomes the same old scope creep?[…]

Next Digital Decade

The Hub launched our two-part series, The Next Digital Decade: Case Studies from Asia, in 2021 to trace the impact of the internet on society, politics, and life in Asia with a unique emphasis on pandemic-era changes and issues from 2020-2021.  At the heart of this project is the intention to find work on the[…]

The Ethics of Digitalisation: From Principles to Practice

The Ethics of Digitalisation: From Principles to Practice advances dialogue and action at the intersection of science, politics, digital economy, and civil society. Digitalization efforts are rapidly proliferating across sectors, prompting new and large-scale ethical challenges that arise from technological development and deployment that have important rights and justice implications. This project engaged interdisciplinary networks[…]

Digital Infrastructures Project

India is on the path of rapid digitisation of its public service delivery infrastructure, ostensibly building on the country’s history of encouraging Open Source Software (OSS) use by the government. If built in a sustainable, rights respecting manner, on principles of openness, transparency, and accountability, digital public infrastructure can be immensely useful, and help reduce[…]