Digital Democracy in Asia, special issue of Asiascape: Digital Asia, December 2021.
Generally I feel a little hesitant with seasonal academic humblebrags, but here is one from me this year. It fits this category perfectly too, as I first pitched the idea to the journal in Feb 2020, just a few weeks before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and the first wave of lockdowns around the world kicked in, and it finally came out in the world last week. In other words, the whole cycle of production coincidentally reflects the pandemic timeline and how we somehow soldiered through it, although none of us thought we would still be in the woods…
The collection sheds light on the digital experience of people on the move or caught between nation-states and ultimately poses the question of how we can create more inclusive models of digital democracy in Asia and beyond. Obviously we did not anticipate the passing of the Nationality and Borders Bill in the UK, nor did we schedule the issue to be released around the International Migrants Day, but anyway, here we are.
I would like to thank all the authors, reviewers, and the Managing Editor and other colleagues in Asiascape for their invaluable contributions. Now, to paraphrase Sheldon, everyone needs to read it. 🙃