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The skeletons in all our cupboards: Google Earth’s importance in recent Sri Lankan history

Cross-posted from my personal blog. ### To remember is a choice, a hard one. To remember is to hold in check those who wish to return to the horrors of the past. To not revisit policies that led to past horrors is to give Sri Lanka a greater chance of healing, and reconciliation. And yet, […]

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Using Google Earth to interrogate Sri Lanka’s war: An open invitation

Every single white dot in the satellite image above, taken in March 2009, is the temporary shelter for an internally displaced family in Sri Lanka. When viewed at full resolution on Google Earth, it is a mind-boggling concentration of people in conditions that were absolutely appalling. After working on it for a whole day, I […]

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A Twitter storm over a cartoon

On Groundviews this morning, I covered in detail conversations on Twitter with Sri Lankans and Indians on the publication of an utterly tasteless cartoon, depicting the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, in the Sunday edition of Lakbima, a newspaper with good circulation and owned by a businessman very close […]

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The long arc of Nandikadal: New media bearing witness

Cross-posted from my personal blog, and published as my regular column in the print edition of The Nation, on 9 September 2012. ### Recent events in Tamil Nadu demonstrate the risk inherent in what most suggest is the Rajapaksa regime’s LLRC gambit – to drag on a process of enfeebled accountability and reductive reconciliation until […]

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Legal Guarantees for FOE in Sri Lanka and how they are being eroded (in English, Sinhala and Tamil)

Legal Guarantees for FOE in Sri Lanka and how they are being eroded from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

Legal Guarantees for FOE in Sri Lanka and how they are being eroded (Sinhala) from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

Legal Guarantees for FOE in Sri Lanka and how they are being eroded (Tamil) from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

See related posters on Flickr here.

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How you can use the Internet and Web (in English, Sinhala and Tamil)

How you can use the Internet and Web from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

How you can use the Internet and Web (Sinhala) from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

How you can use the Internet and Web (Tamil) from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

See related posters on Flickr here.

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Be Safe! You Are Being Watched! (in English, Sinhala and Tamil)

Be Safe! You Are Being Watched! from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

Be Safe! You Are Being Watched! (Sinhala) from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

Be Safe! You Are Being Watched! (Tamil) from Centre for Policy Alternatives on Vimeo.

See related posters on Flickr here.

Content to combat growing surveillance and censorship of online content in Sri Lanka

Just put out this press release on behalf of the Centre for Policy Alternatives. ### 3 September 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: In late July 2012, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) released in Tamil, Sinhala and English, three short-form videos and informative posters on online freedom of expression in Sri Lanka. This content is now […]

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Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring

On Page 5 of USIP’s new report, Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring, it is noted that, In February 2011, a workshop at Stanford Uni- versity cosponsored by USIP, George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, and Stanford’s Liberation Technology Program discussed the state of the […]

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Mediated: Expressing hard data and theory through art and information visualisation

Illustration courtesy Asvajit Boyle Saskia Fernando Gallery in Colombo, Sri Lanka running till the 15th of September an art exhibition I was invited to curate. Titled Mediated, it’s a project that essentially seeks to create greater awareness around and engagement with aspects of post-war Sri Lanka’s ideational, constitutional, economic, social and religious challenges. If around […]

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