Cambodia’s growing number of bloggers are hosting this week’s BlogFest.Asia 2012 in Siem Reap, which aims to gather bloggers from across the continent for several days of discussions and debates, fellowship and fun.
More than a hundred Cambodian bloggers and scores more from other Asian countries have started to arrive for the event to be held at the Build Bright University’s Siem Reap Study Center.
Organizers are expecting bloggers from Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar to join Cambodian bloggers for the event.
Opening the event is a welcome remarks by organizers and by BBU council chairman Dr. In Veracheat.
Spider Center’s David Isaksson will deliver the keynote on the topic “Internet Power”.
Plenary topics include: ”Practical Aspects of Internet Empowerment: Gender, Language & Civic Engagement”; Freedom of Expression, Information and Press in Southeast Asia; and country reports from participating countries.
Topics of breakout sessions range from mobile and photo blogging to internet security and the Cybercrime Law in the Philippines.
Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, will be speaking at the end of the event.
BlogFest.Asia events have been held in 2009 in Hong Kong and in 2010 in Penang, Malaysia.
The 2012 edition is sponsored by Spider, U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, British Embassy Phnom Penh, The Asia Foundation, Global Voices Online, Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Foundation, and Sabay. Contributors include:Cambodia Center for Human Rights, Open Institute, Rising Voices, Southeast Asia Press Alliance, and the Mozilla Foundation.