Can You Hear the People Speak?

It’s been a long time between posts I know. What can I say except life gets busy? Still, I couldn’t let November slip by without writing something about the Bersih 5 Rally, especially the one in Melbourne I attended and the one in Perth I had a tiny part in organising. On 19 November, I […]

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What they DONT’t tell you before you embark on a PhD

(originally published in Australia Asia Pacific Institute Review Jan-March 2016, p. 9) Well, if you thought that working on a PhD was about spending 3 years (or more? Yay!) reading and writing about your pet topic, you’re wrong. The first thing they don’t tell you is that editing will be much more important than writing. […]

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Malaysia disconnecting from online freedoms

(republished here under Creative Commons, originally published at the East Asian Forum) 18 March 2016 Not long ago, the Malaysian government thought that mastery of the internet was a path towards economic development. In February 1996, it launched the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), essentially a special economic zone, to entice high-technology corporations like Microsoft to […]

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Supervising someone else’s dream?!!

This year I find myself taking on more postgraduate supervisions than I’ve ever had, though not as many as some of my colleagues because I’m wary of the responsibility of supervising someone else’s dream. And that’s how I think of postgraduate supervision, particularly for PhDs. People undertake these projects for different reasons, sometimes it’s a […]

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Launching a new Book Series

Early in 2015 I had the opportunity to work with  Associate Professor Terence Lee (Murdoch University) and put together the proposal for a new book series to be published by Rowman and Littlefield International. The series, Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies, has been launched and we expect the first few titles later in […]

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