Digital Interventions on Urban Societal Challenges in Southeast Asia
SEAC is hosting a research seminar chaired by SEAC Director Prof. Hyun Bang Shin on 16 June 2021. Dr Joanne Lim, Associate Professor in Communications, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia, will speak about Digital Interventions on Urban Societal Challenges in Southeast Asian Communities.
Taking into account lived experiences, the practices of doing and the culture of participation within networked societies, it is pertinent that long-standing conversations pertaining to sustainable development now shift towards regenerative solutions whereby the “digital” serves as a platform for critical intervention instead of a disruptive overhaul to an existing ecosystem. For Southeast Asian cities to thrive in terms of societal well-being, it is important to use the digital as a tool to increase social interaction/connectedness, and to reinforce the development of culture, creativity and wellness. Driven by an accelerated need for digitalization during to the Covid-19 pandemic, smart and regenerative practices via mobile/digital media need to serve as an agent of social and physical cohesion to ensure better accessibility and inclusivity, in addition to improving resource management through design of digital hardware, software and innovative policy (and governance). By drawing upon case studies from research conducted on selected Southeast Asian cities in the area of communication, lifestyle, the gig-economy and healthcare, this seminar conceptualises an approach based on mobilizing participation, networked collaboration and fostering transparency in order to explore how we can re(imagine), (re)evaluate and (re)negotiate this assemblage of disruption as a result of current social and environmental problems by adding connectivity and creativity within the existing societal infrastructure. In doing so, it may be possible to propose a new social contract which will entail the participation and consensus between government, business communities and citizens.