Human Rights & ICTs: Presentation to Amnesty International

I was invited to give a presentation of around 20 – 25 minutes to Amnesty International’s 2017 Chairs Assembly & Directors Forum (CADF) meeting, held for the first time in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Focussed on the work done through Groundviews at the Centre for Policy Alternatives to use information and communications technologies (ICTs), for over

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Blurred lines: Surveillance and ethics

I was invited to deliver a short-talk, as part of a public discussion looking at ‘Cross Cutting Dynamics of Online Democracy: Mainstreaming Internet Freedom and the Right to Privacy in Sri Lanka”, at the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) on 21 March 2017. Blurred lines: Surveillance and ethics from Sanjana Hattotuwa The programme can

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Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017: Finalist

‘Corridors of Power’, a path-breaking project marrying constitutional reform and theory with architecture, is a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design category. As noted online, “Fast Company sifted through more than 1,000 truly impressive entries to find the ones our panel of judges thought were the best combination

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Identifying & combatting Fake News: A primer

I was recently asked to put together a presentation on the fake news phenomenon for discussions with leading journalists and media institutions in a developing country, with extremely poor media literacy but strong growth around social media use, on how to both identify misleading content and also stem its flow, reach and influence. Fake news

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Corridors of Power: Constitutional Power and Architecture

Delivered a short presentation today to the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom office in Colombo on ‘Corridors of Power’, an exhibition I curated with Channa Daswatta and Asanga Welikala that explores Sri Lanka’s constitutional evolution through architecture. The exhibition was first shown late 2015, and in 2016, was again shown in Colombo, in addition to Jaffna,

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Fake news in Myanmar: Social Media verification workshop

Cross-posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation website. ### An informal workshop on verifying news and information spread across social media was held recently at Phandeeyar in Yangon, Burma, led by the Foundation’s Special Advisor, Sanjana Hattotuwa. Amongst the confirmed participants were: Media and Media Support Organizations Irrawaddy BBC Media Action Kumudra and Modern Journal Democratic Voice of Burma Myanmar

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President, PM, Parliament, MFA, Cabinet, Central Bank & News.lk: Searching via Google

Created a new Google custom search engine (after the reception to the first made yesterday) covering key government websites. Access it here. The search engine indexes everything on: President’s Media Division – http://www.pmdnews.lk Official Website of the President – http://www.president.gov.lk Presidential Secretariat – http://www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk President’s Fund – http://www.presidentsfund.gov.lk President’s Wikipedia entry – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maithripala_Sirisena PM’s Wikipedia entry

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Department of Government Printing: Searching via Google

Sri Lanka’s Department of Government Printing website is a trilingual resource for Gazettes, Extra Gazettes, Bills, Acts and other information, including official Tenders, since 2004. A major site redesign in 2016 made the site easier on the eye, but seriously impacted discoverability of information on the site. The search functionality on the site isn’t uniform, is

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Drone journalism in Sri Lanka: Footage and key examples

The event was aimed at journalists from the programme and also from outside, including the Sri Lanka College of Journalism, mainstream media, freelance journalists and civic media, around the ethical, rights based use of drones for journalism, also in compliance with the Civil Aviation Authority’s regulations from February 2016. Drone journalism: Where to now? from

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Digital transformation and the role of civil society in Sri Lanka

The Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit Regional office South Asia organized a regional seminar on “Promoting Liberty Digitally” in Sri Lanka from 15th to 17th October 2016. I was asked to speak on “Digital transformation and the role of Civil Society in Sri Lanka” and to be present at a group discussion on “Civil rights and

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