June 2, 2019: Public Summit


Morning Plenary Session

Prof. Shih-Hung Lo

Dr. Lo studied in London School of Economics, and later became a professor of National Chung Cheng University, Department of Communication. He specializes in critical political economy of communication and Chinese media studies. He is also an editorial writer focusing on China society and social media.

Mong Palatino

Mr. Palatino is the Southeast Asia editor of Global Voices, and Asia-Pacific content editor of IFEX. He writes for The Diplomat, Bulatlat, and Manila Today. He is a former legislator in the Philippines. 


Morning Panel Discussion

Lotus Ruan

Ms. Ruan is a researcher at The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto. She specializes in information control, China policy, and social media. She worked as journalist in Hong Kong, Beijing and Guangzhou.


Subhashish Panigrahi

Mr. Panigrahi is a long time Open Culture advocate, community manager and documentary filmmaker. He dedicates to topics ranging from documentation of marginalized languages to Openness.


Pongpan Chumjai

Mr. Pan is a reporter of Prachatai, which is an independent, non-profit, daily web newspaper. It combines new media technologies with a flexible organization to protect the free flow of information and perspective. He is currently a fellow researcher in the Southeast Asian Center for e-Media in Malaysia.

Cédric Alviani

Mr. Alviani is the East-Asia Bureau Director at Reporters Without Borders (RSF). RSF is an international non-profit organization for the press freedom and holds consultative status at United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Mr. Alviani has lived in Asia for 20 years and focuses on the intersection of diplomacy, culture, and media of East-Asia.

Afternoon Plenary Session

Andrew Lowenthal

Mr. Lowenthal is the co-founder and executive director of EngageMedia, a non-profit media, technology and culture organization. EngageMedia believes the advocacy potential of video and online technologies and develops tactics and software as a social change tool.

Jie Ping Zhang

Ms. Zhang is the co-founder of Matters Lab, a social platform based on the blockchain technology, aiming to provide high quality and rewarding culture between creators and audience. She worked as chief editor in Initium Media, journalist in Yazhou Zhoukan, and contributor to New York Times Chinese.

Afternoon Panel Discussion

Hyekyeong Kim

Ms Kim is an independent journalist and a former reporter in Hankookilbo(daily newspaper) in South Korea. She is the first freelance winner of a Korean Journalism Awards given by Journalists Association of Korea with the coverage of Fukushima and Chernobyl catastrophe aftermath. Human rights and environmental issues are her main interest and specialty. Currently working at BBC as a freelance broadcast journalist.


Thant SinThant Sin

Mr. Thant Sin is a South East Asia contributor to Global Voices. He focuses on the Myanmar issues, ranging from human rights, censorship, and fact check.


Hong-Wen Tseng

Ms. Tseng is a researcher in the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance. She focuses on the environmental issues and in charge of the Transparent Footprint project, which tracks the pollution data in Taiwan. This project provides the public the opportunities to supervise and participate in environmental issues. Through presenting and analyzing the pollution data in a new way, this project ignites a conversation among the public, companies and the government.

Prasanth Sugathan
Mr. Prasanth is the Legal Director at Software Freedom Law Center, a legal services organization aiming to protect freedom in the digital world. He specializes in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Technology Law, Internet Freedom and Internet Privacy.