Voice(over) of a Generation? Comedy page syncs with Yangon youth

A new Myanmar Facebook comedy page has gone from zero to 82,000 (followers) in barely a week even though it so far boasts only three videos. With over 67,000 likes (and climbing) the aptly titled Comedy in the City has tapped into something young, energetic and unapologetically Burmese with a brand of comedy that relies ...

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Frenchman could face up to 3 years in prison for flying drone in Naypyidaw

Frenchman could face up to 3 years in prison for flying drone in Naypyidaw

A French national was arrested in Naypyidaw on Thursday for flying a drone over Myanmar’s parliament, the French embassy in Yangon confirmed on Monday. In an email to Coconuts...

Super fan draws on love of anime to bring ‘Naruto’ to Burmese-language audience

Super fan draws on love of anime to bring ‘Naruto’ to Burmese-language audience

For the past three years, a lone anime fan has been faithfully subtitling episodes of the wildly popular anime series Naruto — and now it’s follow-up Baruto — for a...

No Cash, No Problem: Yangon buses to implement card tap system

No Cash, No Problem: Yangon buses to implement card tap system

The Yangon Region Transport Authority will begin piloting a cashless payment system on select YBS buses starting this month, with plans to fully implement the system by June,...

Documenting Myanmar’s past, one post at a time

Documenting Myanmar’s past, one post at a time

It’s just a month old, but a new Instagram account is doing its best to tap into the historical imagination and nostalgia of Myanmar’s social media-savvy youth — and...

Facebook kicks Myanmar military-linked pages off platform

Facebook kicks Myanmar military-linked pages off platform

Facebook has removed hundreds of pages and accounts in Myanmar with hidden links to the military, the platform said Wednesday, as the company scrambles to respond to criticism...

#SorryNotSorry: Twitter CEO apologizes (kinda) after Rohingya-free Twitter thread praising Myanmar

#SorryNotSorry: Twitter CEO apologizes (kinda) after Rohingya-free Twitter thread praising Myanmar

It took a couple days, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to the plethora of critics who called him out for the recent post-meditation retreat thread in which he sang...

#JackIgnoresGenocide: Twitter reacts to CEO’s ‘tone deaf’ promotion of Myanmar

#JackIgnoresGenocide: Twitter reacts to CEO’s ‘tone deaf’ promotion of Myanmar

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is having a rough time on Twitter. After a bumpy visit to India, where he received backlash from Hindu nationalists for holding a poster saying “Smash...

9/11? Blame it on Facebook: Deputy Minister of Communications

9/11? Blame it on Facebook: Deputy Minister of Communications

There’s plenty of room these days to criticize Facebook (plenty), but pinning 9/11 on them might be pushing it a tad too far – particularly as they didn’t exist at the time....

‘Facebook is a toilet’: John Oliver explores Myanmar hate speech

‘Facebook is a toilet’: John Oliver explores Myanmar hate speech

Myanmar is the star of the latest episode of the news satire show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which the comedian takes aim at Facebook for its role in spreading...


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Coconuts Yangon Tech

Like much else in Myanmar, tech is a fast-changing industry. Economic reforms, including the entrance of two foreign telecommunications firms in 2014, have given way to a spirit of innovation coinciding with widespread internet access. The tech hub Phandeeyar makes the news every every couple of months after it helps launch a new app, whether it be about local restaurants or Burmese slang. Like in many parts of the world, debate and discussion about gender often arise within the Myanmar tech world, hopefully resulting in a more equitable distribution of the fruits of the country’s tech boom.