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

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Issue 3, Volume 5, pages 508-521, 2018

Crawford School Research Paper

14 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2018

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Tait Brimacombe

University of Adelaide

Romitesh Kant

La Trobe University

Glenn Finau

UNSW Business School

Jope Tarai

University of the South Pacific

Jason Titifanue

University of the South Pacific; La Trobe University

Date Written: September 1, 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, Fiji, online activism, social media, women's rights

Suggested Citation

Brimacombe, Tait and Kant, Romitesh and Finau, Glenn and Tarai, Jope and Titifanue, Jason, A New Frontier in Digital Activism: An Exploration of Digital Feminism in Fiji (September 1, 2018). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Issue 3, Volume 5, pages 508-521, 2018, Crawford School Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264499

Tait Brimacombe (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide ( email )

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

Romitesh Kant

La Trobe University ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
Melbourne
Australia

Glenn Finau

UNSW Business School

UNSW Business School
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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

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