Welcome to #ExtremeLives

Understanding extremism requires understanding the people it affects. #ExtremeLives is a series of live video broadcasts on Facebook from countries across the region, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, covering on-the-ground stories of violent extremism. 

The Asia-Pacific region is estimated to have 1.7 billion active users on Facebook, and men between the ages of 18-34 constitute the largest single demographic of users across large swathes of the region.  

The proliferation of digital technologies and platforms globally – and in Asia – offers a unique opportunity to engage directly with the region’s youth on issues such as violent extremism, on platforms that have a reach within their lives and circles at an unprecedented scale. Evidence suggests that radical groups such as the IS and Al-Qaeda have leveraged online spaces and networks to promote their violent worldviews and to recruit young people across the world.

UNDP’s leading role within the UN system in identifying development solutions to violent extremism, and its network of 24 country offices in the region, long experience with civil society engagements and strong standing with governments, offers the agency a unique opportunity to engage regional audiences in dialogues that counter violent extremist ideologies.

Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #ExtremeLives.

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For more, go to our Episodes tab on the navigation bar

Highlights

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FEATURED SPEAKER: Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa is TIME Magazine's Person of the Year 2018, recognised alongside murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reporters Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, and The Capital Gazette, for reporting the truth in the face of adversity. She spoke exclusively with #ExtremeLives about the responsibility social media companies have to help tackle misinformation and extremism. Watch now

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BLOG: Humanising a terrorist

For Ahmad El-Muhammady, who works with the Malaysian government to rehabilitate violent extremists, we need to try to understand the people behind terrorism. Read More

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For behind-the-scenes shots, check out our photo album on Flickr! More

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