A New Frontier in Digital Activism: An Exploration of Digital Feminism in Fiji

Brimacombe T, Kant R, Finau G, Tarai J, Titifanue J. A new frontier in digital activism: An exploration of digital feminism in Fiji. Asia Pac Policy Stud. 2018;1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/app5.253

Posted: 22 Sep 2018

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Romitesh Kant

The University of the South Pacific, Suva

Glen Finau

University of the South Pacific

Jope Tarai

University of the South Pacific

Jason Titifanue

University of the South Pacific; La Trobe University

Tait Brimacombe

Institute for Human Security & Social Change; Developmental Leadership Program (DLP); Department of Anthropology & Development Studies

Date Written: September 2, 2018

Abstract

Social media has become a crucial feature of the Pacific islands in the 21st century, providing people with the means to demand greater accountability and transparency and offering an alternative platform through which to engage in policy processes, dialogue, and debate. Increasing social media access and use has altered the existing media and communications landscape, with implications for mainstream media reporting, censorship, and citizen voice. This paper explores this phenomenon through an examination of the digital activism practices of a group of women's rights activists in Fiji. In doing so, this paper explores how social media is being used as an online platform for information dissemination and debate, as well as the implications this is having “offline” as part of efforts to influence policymaking.

Keywords: Feminism, Activism, Feminist Activism, Online Activism, Offline Activism, Fiji Politics, ICT, Politics

Suggested Citation

Kant, Romitesh and Finau, Glen and Tarai, Jope and Titifanue, Jason and Brimacombe, Tait, A New Frontier in Digital Activism: An Exploration of Digital Feminism in Fiji (September 2, 2018). Brimacombe T, Kant R, Finau G, Tarai J, Titifanue J. A new frontier in digital activism: An exploration of digital feminism in Fiji. Asia Pac Policy Stud. 2018;1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/app5.253, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3243132

Romitesh Kant

The University of the South Pacific, Suva ( email )

Glen Finau

University of the South Pacific ( email )

Laucala Campus
Suva
Fiji

Jope Tarai

University of the South Pacific ( email )

Jason Titifanue

University of the South Pacific ( email )

La Trobe University

Institute for Human Security and Social Change
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

Tait Brimacombe (Contact Author)

Institute for Human Security & Social Change; Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

Department of Anthropology & Development Studies ( email )

No 233 North Terrace, School of Commerce
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

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