Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

Research Fellow

Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • 2023-2024: Research Fellow, Building Civic Society Capacities Against Government Weaponization of Anti-Fake News Laws in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, Luminate Foundation and National Endowment for Democracy
    • 2023-2024: Country coordinator, Cybertroops and Computational Propaganda: A Comparative Study of Public Opinion Manipulation, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), funded the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • Since 2020: Assistant professor and Project Lead, Monitoring Centre on Organised Violence Events in Thailand, Chulalongkorn University & UNDP Thailand; Mapping and Mitigating Digital Harassment against Human Rights Defenders in Thailand, Swiss Embassy, Thailand
    • March-June 2021: Research Fellow, the impact of Covid-19 on civil society space, Trendanalysen, BMZ
    • Since 2/2018: Associate at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies
    • 2012-2019: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University
    • Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Politics and International Relations, La Trobe University, Australia

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • Civic activism, social movements, digital activism
    • Digital repression in autocracies
    • Computational propaganda
    • Politics of civil society
    • Civil resistance

    Länder und Regionen

    • Thailand
    • South East Asia


    Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

    Research Fellow


    GIGA Focus Global | 1/2024

    Repression by Legal Means: Governments’ Anti-Fake News Lawfare

    Die Anti-Fake-News-Gesetzgebung verstärkt die Kontrolle über die Zivilgesellschaft und untergräbt deren demokratische Grundrechte. Die Muster dieser juristischen Repression und die damit verbundenen Gegenstrategien in Süd- und Südostasien werden als Vorreiter globaler Entwicklungen untersucht.

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.02.2023 - 31.01.2025

    Mapping and Strengthening Civil Society Response to Disinformation

    Governments in autocratic and autocratizing contexts may use anti-fake news laws to discredit critical civil society actors as agents of “disinformation” and punish them. Through comparative and cross-learning insights derived from field studies, we seek to map civil society responses against the autocratic use of disinformation laws and strengthen policies for right to information and freedom of speech and expression.
    NED, 2023-2025

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.01.2023 - 31.08.2024

    Strengthening Civil Society Against the Weaponization of Anti-Fake News Laws: A Comparison of Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Thailand

    In an age of proliferating disinformation, governments in South and Southeast Asia have come out with anti-fake news laws. However, the “weaponization" of such laws can lead governments to control online platforms and censor critics. Our project examines the patterns and processes of the weaponization of such laws against civic actors and countermeasures by the latter. We aim for academic and policy outcomes to improve disinformation regulation while safeguarding digital rights.
    GIGA, 2023-2024

    Workshop | 25.09.2023 - 26.09.2023

    Brainstorming Workshop on ‘Anti-Fake News Laws in South and Southeast Asia’

    Brainstorming Workshop on ‘Anti-Fake News Laws in South and Southeast Asia’, Bali PD Dr. Andreas Ufen (Chair), Dr. Sangeeta Mahapatra (Chair), Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri (Chair)

    GIGA researchers along with local partner SAFEnet in Indonesia conducted an international knowledge-sharing and capacity-building workshop in Bali, on ‘Strengthening Civil Society Against Disinformation and the Weaponized Use of Anti-Fake News Laws’ from 25-26 September 2023.


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