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Hello. I’m Irene.

I am a Senior Researcher for the Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab on digital technology and human rights at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.

I am currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto in Comparative Politics and Public Policy.

Irene at Oxford University in August 2017
At the University of Oxford for the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EUROSEAS) conference, August 2017

My primary interest is analyzing cybersecurity policy development in the Global South from a human rights perspective. My research involves issues such as Internet governance and the politics of Internet regulation, the intersection of digital security and the politics of identity (including gender and other intersectionalities), as well as countering terrorism, violent extremism, and hate speech online. Southeast Asia is my  geographic area of focus, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.  Read more about my research.

I have been researching various topics on and in the Southeast Asian region for over a decade, such as armed conflict, identity politics, and nationalism. I obtained my Master’s degree in Political Science and Asia Pacific Studies (now called the “Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies”) from the University of Toronto and my research project was on autonomy arrangements and secessionist conflicts in Indonesia, specifically Aceh and Papua. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Previously, I worked for the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), and UBC’s Centre for Southeast Asia Research. I was also an intern with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – South East Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and currently reside in Toronto, Canada. I am a native speaker of Bahasa Indonesia and fluent in English.