Chiranuch Premchaiporn

Ashoka Fellow
Thailand,
Fellow Since 2010
Prachatai

Citation

This profile was prepared when Chiranuch Premchaiporn was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The New Idea
Chiranuch is using the Internet to preserve and advance core news and knowledge values in the face of continuing political efforts to systemically control and disrupt information. She is demonstrating that, while Internet technologies themselves are not solutions to freedom of expression, access to information, and quality knowledge, a strategy that shrewdly combines those technologies with powerful content and a flexible, decentralized organization can engage people with information as never before.

Chiranuch’s Prachatai.com platform has blurred traditional roles of expert and news subject, giving voice even to people historically marginalized by politics, economics, or race. Beyond delivering information in new ways, Chiranuch has also created a public space for open public discourse in Thai society. Even more popular than the Prachatai news website, the non-partisan Prachatai web board of opinions is used by hundreds of thousands of Thais per week to conduct interactive discussion and debate. With a growing community of citizen reporters and ever-increasing reader interaction, Prachatai newspaper is a testament to the fertility of “cyberliberty”—free access to information and freedom of expression on the Internet—despite increasing censorship of new media in Thailand.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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