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Daily Dashboard | Ideological battle over how to control the internet ramps up in Southeast Asia Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 19 Aug. 2022



With countries looking to preserve their regimes, Bloomberg reports that more and more are turning to China’s model of restrictive data practices on the internet, rather than embracing the free model approach championed by Silicon Valley. No area signifies the ideological battle over how to control the internet more than Southeast Asia, where U.S.-China tensions are expected to come to a head as the area is home to half a billion and is expected to triple its internet economy to $240 billion by 2025. “If authorities in the region can convince Silicon Valley to play by their repressive rules, we’re going to see a drop in standards of privacy, surveillance, and freedom of expression on those platforms,” Amnesty International Head of Technology and Human Rights Tanya O’Carroll warned.
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