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 & Public Policy, University of Toronto.

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

My primary research interest is analysing cybersecurity policy development in the Global South from a human rights perspective. This includes 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.

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

Southeast Asia is my geographic area of focus, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. I have been researching the Southeast Asian region for over a decade, covering topics such as Internet controls, armed conflict, and identity politics. Read more about my research.

I obtained my Master’s degree in Political Science and Asia Pacific Studies (now called the Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies program) from the University of Toronto and my research project was on autonomy arrangements and secessionist conflicts in Indonesia, specifically the regions of 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) – Southeast 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.