Teo Kai Xiang, an inbound MPhil student, has been selected as a Chevening and Cambridge Trust Scholar, and will study the Sociology of Media and Culture this academic year. Kai Xiang is currently a Communications Officer at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague, where he leads the organisation's digital strategy and public engagement.
On receiving the Chevening/Cambridge Scholarship, he comments:
“I am beyond grateful to Chevening and the Cambridge Trust for empowering me to expand on my work on information and security policy at the University of Cambridge, where I am looking forward to being part of Clare Hall’s impactful and egalitarian community of scholars!
At Cambridge, I will be pursuing my MPhil in Sociology, with my proposed research focusing on how information policy influences civil society and our digital public sphere. As a queer Singaporean who has taken an unconventional path in education, this opportunity to study how information policy affects voices on the margins means the world to me.”
The Chevening Scholarship supports successful applicants to pursue a Master’s-level course at a university of their choosing. The Cambridge Trust has partnered with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Chevening programme for 20 years, and in that time has supported nearly 400 Chevening Scholars at the University of Cambridge.
Kai Xiang adds:
“Beyond my work in counter-terrorism, I am a researcher and journalist passionate about digital rights and tech policy. After Singapore's controversial law against 'fake news' was introduced, I started the POFMA'ed dataset to track every electronic communication subject to the law, as a resource for journalists, academics and the public to understand the law's impact on online political discourse. The dataset has since been cited by groups such as the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, an Industry Report for Fighting Fake News in the Asia Pacific and Diplomat Magazine.”
Learn more about the Chevening/Cambridge Scholarship at https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/scholarship/?award=136
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