Migrant Technologies Workshop in Macau

  • 2016•05•27

    On 20th May 2016 the United Nations University Institute in Macau hosted an event on Migrant Technologies: (re)producing (un)freedoms in Macau.

    The one-day event brought together scholars, practitioners and activists to share learning and exchange ideas on the range of migrant technologies research being conducted across Asia and explore future collaborative approaches.

    The key theme addressed at the event was how the use of mobile technologies adds layers of freedoms and unfreedoms to migration.  The event opened with remarks from Prof. Michael Best (UNU Institute in Macau Director).  The panel discussions were moderated by Dr. Tony Roberts. Panelists and participants discussed about the emerging themes in migrant technologies research in the morning session and the development of new migrant technologies in the afternoon session.

    Looking ahead, the event identified emerging research needs on how migrant workers appropriate digital technologies and incorporate them into their lives.

    The slides and videos of the panel discussions are available below:


    Morning Panel: Emerging themes in Migrant Technology research

    • Jack Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong – Freedom, Slavery, and Working-Class ICTs: Learning from Chinese Migrant Workers in Foxconn (slides)
    • Nikos Dacanay, Chiang Mai University – ICT usage and how ethnic migrant women in northern Thailand indigenize/mediate human rights’ discourse of gender equality (slides)
    • Odalia Wong, Baptist University of Hong Kong – Transnational Mothers and Mobile Phone Usage: The Case of the Filipino Female Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (slides)
    • Discussant: Rhodora A. Abano, Centre for Migrant Advocacy in Philippines (slides)
    • Morning Panel Open Floor Discussion

    Afternoon Panel: New Migrant Technologies

    • Kayoko Ueno, University of Tokushima – Facebook Activism and Networking among Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore (slides)
    • Jude Yew, National University of Singapore – Pemca: A proposed mobile platform for crowdsourcing the reporting and visualization of migrant worker injuries/deaths (slides)
    • Kakit Cheong, National University of Singapore – Kwento: Designing a family storytelling mobile application for domestic helpers (slides)
    • Discussant: Fish Ip, International Domestic Workers Federation
    • Afternoon Panel Open Floor Discussion


    • Closing Remarks: Tony Roberts, UNU Institute in Macau
    • Vote of Thanks: Michael Best, Director of UNU Institute in Macau

    *Due to a technical issue these video clips do not include the full presentation/discussion.