Research Consultancy for Social Media Platforms Accountability in the 2022 Malaysian General Election


DigitalReach on behalf of the Southeast Asian Coalition on Tech Accountability (SEACT) are looking for a short-term consultant to document the social media platforms accountability in the upcoming 2022 Malaysian General Election #GE15. Given that elections around the world are affected by disinformation, misinformation, and hate speech which occur on social media platforms, documenting the platforms’ response to the elections and its accountability to protect human rights and democracy would provide more understanding on how social media platforms can adopt better approaches in the situation. This project is part of the regional initiative to observe social media accountability in elections in Southeast Asia.


The researcher will be responsible for the project on the following tasks;


November 1 – December 31, 2022

The researcher works to monitor the situations in the lead-up to the GE15. During the period, the researcher simultaneously conducts an in-depth interview with related stakeholders, particularly social media platforms regarding their preparation (If it’s not available on the online source already).
December, 2022 (Post-Election)
The researcher analyzes information gathered during the pre-election and conduct post-election interviews with social media platforms to learn about their success measures in terms of their efforts and whether the efforts are effective
January 2023 The first draft is expected to be submitted by the second week of January. The final draft is expected to be finished by the final week of January.

*The timeline might be changed for the report to be submitted in early February given that December is also a holiday period which might affect the interviews after the election. This will also allow the researcher to have more time to write.


The researcher will work from November 1st, 2022 – December 31th, 2022, during which the consultant is expected to complete the tasks described above, based on a work plan agreed upon with DigitalReach, the SEACT’s secretariat. The researcher will work under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. The work is full time and the consultant is expected to be responsive to communications and provide updates related to the work on a weekly basis. The compensation is 3,000 USD (three thousands dollars) for completing the tasks, to be paid twice at end of each month.


Please submit the following application documents to [email protected] by October 26, 2022:

This announcement can be download here.

About DigitalReach

DigitalReach was founded in 2019 with the objective of assessing the impact of technology on human rights in Southeast Asia. The organization’s mission is to safeguard digital rights and internet freedoms in the region. Our work revolves around three core strategies, which are research and monitoring, advocacy, and community building and empowerment.

About the Southeast Asian Coalition for Tech Accountability (SEACT)

The SEACT was founded in 2021 as a coalition that looks into accountability of social media platforms on human rights and democracy in Southeast Asia. The coalition was founded as a result of DigitalReach’s observation that sees attempts of digital authoritarianism in the region in controlling how social media platforms should operate. As of 2022, the coalition has 14 member organizations across 8 countries in Southeast Asia.

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