Malaysian Trolls: Internet-based Political Trolling as the New Normal in Malaysian Politics

Malaysian Trolls: Internet-based Political Trolling as the New Normal in Malaysian Politics

As we edge towards Web 3.0, social hacks and exploits performed by users are inseparable from what goes on ‘under the hood’ of a digital platform, regardless of the former’s technical sophistication. Social media newsfeed manipulation (for Facebook and Twitter and increasingly, Youtube) by big data consultants and paid trolls happens because of new technical affordances, which were in turn adapted from targeted advertising and ‘disruption’.

Dr Clarissa Lee considers the different kinds of political trolling that took place in Malaysia’s cyberspace during the period before and after the 14th General Election (GE14). In this JCI Forum, she addresses different forms of internet political trolling triggered by pre- and post-GE14 events.

Dr Clarissa Lee is a Research Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development. Her expertise is in science and technology studies, science and technology policies and science communication. She currently runs two research projects: Healthy Ageing and Speculative Design; and Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (with particular focus on nuclear science and technology). Clarissa has experience in the deployment of interdisciplinary methodology that brings together approaches in the arts and sciences to mediate new approaches and thinking to new or old problems, and towards the shaping of new knowledge areas.

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This JCI Forum was delivered on 10 December 2019. Through the JCI Forums, the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia addresses matters of regional and national interest, and gives a platform for innovative policy discussion and fostering intellectual discourse on wide-ranging topics, ranging from security to sustainability.

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