5-7th June 2023
Arena Berlin & Festsaal Kreuzberg
Aye Min Thant is a Burmese-American journalist and the features editor for Frontier Myanmar. Their work has appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, 1843 Magazine, and on Deutsche Welle. Aye won a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 as part of the Reuters team covering the Rohingya crisis and its aftermath.
At #rp22, she will talk about the spread of disinformation, information silos and hate speech in Myanmar and around the world, and how online platforms help to facilitate this development.
3 Questions for… Aye Min Thant
We are looking forward to Aye and her session "The Creation of 'Digital Illiteracy'" and have asked her three questions in preparation.
What can participants look forward to at your session?
I would love to discuss what I call the creation of the "digitally illiterate user", a creature that allows giant tech companies to externalise the risks of their business decisions onto the rest of the world. Instead of expanding slowly and with cultural and risk awareness, global tech companies have been rushing into what they see frontier countries only to be shocked and appalled when they are implicated in something like the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar. Then in their rush to absolve themselves of responsibility, they create this idea that the problem is that people from poorer countries or regions simply do not know how to use the internet safely or responsibility, and then make themselves look good in supporting civil society in digital literacy. They do this despite the fact that the same problems of disinformation, information silos, and hate speech that we see in countries like Myanmar are replicated (at different scales) in developed nations as well. Indeed the problem is not that the users are not using the platforms well, but that the platforms are fundamentally designed to reward harmful behaviour.
Was ist bei dir in den vergangenen zwei Jahren zu kurz gekommen und was meinst du, benötigt dringend einen Neustart?
We need to restart global connections and collaborations. The world is only growing more intertwined, and the dictators and authoritarians of the world are definitely learning from one another. As it becomes safer and safer to travel, the rest of us need to be utilising our greatest assets - each other - to arm ourselves in the fight to keep power in the hands of the people.
Das Motto der #rp22 bezieht sich auf die letzte Textzeile des Queen-Songs „Bohemian Rhapsody“. Welcher Song darf beim Karaoke auf der #rp22 deiner Meinung nach auf keinen Fall fehlen und warum?
I'm not really a karaoke person, so I have no idea what to suggest here.
Global Perspectives x Track Team Meet-up
Daniel Seitz, Maj-Britt Jungjohann, Felix Hartenstein, Hendrik Lehmann, Katja Diehl, Nicole Ebber, Andrea Goetzke, Fernanda Parente, Julia Schneider aka docjsnyder, Valerie-Siba Rousparast, Nadine Kolodziey, Anne Chebu, Christina Schmidt, Malcolm Ohanwe, Felix Reda, Leonhard Dobusch, Niklas Kossow, Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen, Andrea Bauer, Daniel Wessolek, Elisa Lindinger, Eric Eitel, Eva Wolfangel, Julia Kloiber, Sarah-Indra Jungblut, Ela Kagel, Thomas Knüwer , Florian Kern, Katharina Meyer, Fotini Takirdiki, Danny Lämmerhirt, Raphael Kießling , Radhika Jhalani, Aye Min Thant, Emilio Velis, Andrés Arauz, Gabriela Agustini, Linda Bonyo, Gilberto Vieira