The Asia Pacific is the most dynamic digital landscape in the world, home to the fastest adopters of new technologies and the largest concentration of mobile and social media users. An escalation in online activism, changing cyber dynamics, developments in digital diplomacy and the exploitation of big data are shaping the region's engagement with the world.

  • Twitter's Jakarta office is now open, and the first thing the microblogging site wants to do is help Indonesia better respond to natural disasters.
  • A massive denial-of-service attack on coding website Github that involved directing huge amounts of traffic from overseas users of Chinese search giant Baidu, has been tied to the Chinese Government. The cyber attack allegedly targeted two pages: a mirror site of the New York Times and the anti-censorship site GreatFire.org.
  • Fiji's 'coup babies' (those who voted for the first time in 2014) are using social media to engage with the country's new parliament.
  • Taiwan is seeking stronger cyber security ties with the US to counter 'you-know-who'.
  • Mobile messaging applications are transforming into so much more than just chat apps.
  • Two posts from ANU's New Mandala blog on how growing social media use is impacting politics in Thailand and Vietnam.
  • The story of how a BuzzFeed reporter followed his stolen iPhone across the world, become a celebrity in China (thanks to Weibo) and finding a friend for life: