Between Scylla and Charybdis: Harnessing the potential of new media for conflict transformation

Photo by Jareeya Arttanuchit I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. As an aside, half an hour before I left for the airport, my Mac […]

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Ten years after the Asian tsunami, new ideas for DRR: Keynote address at ISCRAM 2014

I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the ISCRAM Asia Conference 2014 held in Sri Lanka from 20 – 21 June 2014. My session was held at the University of Colombo’s School of Computing and was titled ‘The more the technology, the more it stays the same?’. Had my keynote been a week […]

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Remixing Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ in Sri Lanka

Intrigued by the production of several geo-remixed (a term borrowed from Ethan Zuckerman) videos in Sri Lanka of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ song, I penned an article for Groundviews. I submit, Happiness is clearly present and growing apace within specific social, political, economic stratum and geographic loci. At the risk of caricature, those uncritical of governance, comfortable […]

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Innovations in peacebuilding: Podcast with UNICEF

In early May I was invited to take part in an interview on ‘Beyond School Books’, a podcast series produced by UNICEF New York, looking at technology and peacebuilding. The podcast and related article was published today (you’ll need VLC or RealPlayer to listen to the audio stream). Talking about how technology has changed the […]

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The future of technology in peacebuilding: Presentation at MIT Media Lab

In early April this year, I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the inaugural Build Peace conference, held at MIT Media Lab. My presentation was given, almost to the day, twenty years after the Rwandan genocide. Just before I went on stage, we all observed a minute’s silence to remember the victims. The […]

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USAID-UNDP Asia Regional Civil Society Experience Summit

The USAID-UNDP Asia Regional Civil Society Experience Summit was to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, between May 27 and 29, 2014 but cancelled at the last minute by the organisers on account of the recent political unrest in the country. As noted in the invitation I got to represent civil society from Sri Lanka at […]

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Pocket & palm photography: New frames of social witnessing

Just over a month since I last gave a public presentation at the American Centre, I spoke today (along with Anush and Iromi from The Picture Press) around the evolution of smartphone photography – calling it ‘Pocket and palm photography’ (download high quality PDF here). I quickly went through a history of photographic technology from […]

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Social media for social justice campaigns

Getting ready for the session on Youth & ICT by @sanjanah of @groundviews at the @stitchmovement TEP. http://t.co/s3JtGPcXv0— Pd. (@prabudeepan) May 03, 2014 I delivered today, in Sinhala, a lecture on how to use social media for social justice campaigns for a group of volunteers from the STITCH Movement, aged between 16 – 30, from across […]

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Capturing the ephemeral: Archiving our digital present

I was invited today by the American Centre in Colombo today to deliver a lecture on digital archives in general, from the perspective of a citizen archivist. The presentation looked at the ways information around contemporary events, issues and processes, in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, are being generated digitally and largely lost for posterity, raising […]

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Public lecture | Capturing the ephemeral: Archiving our digital present

On 24th April at the American Centre in Colombo, from 3pm to I guess around 5pm, I’ll be talking about the challenges around archiving digital content on the Internet and web. Titled Capturing the ephemeral: Archiving our digital present, the presentation will look at the ways information around contemporary events, issues and processes, in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, are […]

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