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SEA Changemakers

We’re promoting digital resilience among youth and civil society in Southeast Asia (SEA).

SEA Changemakers fosters digital resilience and citizenship among youth and civil society in three Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam. We work with local partners to support public outreach, digital safety training, and research and advocacy on the Internet landscape.

Since 2014, we’ve been supporting the changemaker generation: digital natives aged 18-25. They’re the ones leading the way as Internet use skyrockets across Southeast Asia, especially on social media. They’re also the ones who can champion safe, strong digital citizenship on the road ahead. Together, they can help their communities thrive in the global digital economy—without leaving vulnerable populations behind.

We build on the work of local civil society and researchers, while adapting the Foundation’s unique CyberSTAR digital safety framework. For organizations, CyberSTAR offers an integrated pathway that runs from safety audits through remediation and training. For everyone, it makes the digital safety universe accessible by framing it as six points of a star: risks, identity, passwords, conversations, devices and data.

How we promote digital resilience:

Outreach: Especially through social media, we’re raising awareness of how to stay safe online—and we help youth take the reins. For instance, in Vietnam, the Chong Hack digital safety brand is now curated by Vietnet-ICT and members of the Youth Internet Governance Forum committee we helped establish.

Training: Our digital safety trainers offer localized courses to individuals and civil society organizations— based on the Foundation’s CyberSTAR framework. We’re also curating web portals with online assessments and course materials, like Vietnam’s Digital Safety Hub and Myanmar’s DigiSecLab.

Research & advocacy: Focussing on vulnerable communities, we show how digital resilience supports national goals. We support local stakeholders’ advocacy to integrate safety into national digital strategies—including through Youth Internet Governance Forum initiatives.

Digital brands we’ve helped build:

Chong Hack
(Vietnam)

Digital safety awareness in Vietnamese. Now curated by Vietnet-ICT.
Web | Facebook

Digital Safety Hub
(Vietnam)

Self assessment and training tools in Vietnamese, especially for civil society.
Web | Facebook

Chum Rum Digital
(Cambodia)

Digital safety awareness and tools in the Khmer language.
Web | Facebook

DigiSecLab
(Myanmar)

Online digital safety courses for citizens in Myanmar.
Web | Facebook

 

Latest posts

Group photo of youth delegates at Cambodia's YIGF 2023 conference.

Cambodian Youth Present Groundbreaking Internet Conference

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SE Asia: Youth are Shaping Tomorrow’s Internet

In countries like Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia, young people are reimagining their digital future—including through the “YIGF” movement.

Close-up photo of concerned Vietnamese girl.

Vietnam: Resisting Online Gender-Based Violence

Three initiatives in Vietnam have helped thousands of marginalized women and girls boost their resilience to online gender-based violence.