UPDATED: President, PM, Parliament, MFA, Cabinet, Central Bank & News.lk: Google Custom Search Engine

Updated the Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) for official government websites I first created in November 2016. Access latest version here. Queries can be in Tamil, Sinhala or English. Deleted sites indexing former President Maithripala Sirisena & PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. Added the following websites to the CSE, http://www.mahindarajapaksa.lk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahinda_Rajapaksa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajapaksa_family https://twitter.com/PresRajapaksa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotabaya_Rajapaksa https://twitter.com/GotabayaR https://gota.lk/ Sites … Continue reading UPDATED: President, PM, Parliament, MFA, Cabinet, Central Bank & News.lk: Google Custom Search Engine

Facebook’s Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) on Sri Lanka: Some brief thoughts

First reading Facebook released the company's Human Rights Impact Assessment for Sri Lanka today. At the time of writing, Joshua Brustein writing for Bloomberg has one of the first takes on the report, highlighting Facebook's apology for its role in Sri Lanka's violence. Commissioned by Facebook, the report was conducted and written by Article One. … Continue reading Facebook’s Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) on Sri Lanka: Some brief thoughts

Post-Coronavirus: Towards pandemic panopticons or something radically new?

Cross-posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation's site. ### On the invitation of Christina Goodness, Chief Information Management Officer at the Departments of Peacebuilding, Political and Peace Operations DPPA-DPO, the ICT4Peace Foundation's Sanjana Hattotuwa gave a presentation titled 'Beyond the global reset: Towards pandemic panopticons or something radically new?' as part of the '(un)data Seminar Series on … Continue reading Post-Coronavirus: Towards pandemic panopticons or something radically new?

Peacebuilding in the time of a pandemic: What lies ahead?

On 14 April 2020, Sanjana Hattotuwa, an Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation had a conversation with Helena Puig Larauri, Co-founder and Director at Build Up over Skype, on issues anchored to two blog posts penned by Helena. Digital peacebuilding and the pandemic, Part 1 and Part 2, covers a range of issues impacting peacebuilding as … Continue reading Peacebuilding in the time of a pandemic: What lies ahead?

First Twitter research partnership in New Zealand on countering polarisation, hate and violence

Cross-posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation's website. ### ICT4Peace is very pleased to announce that Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor ICT4Peace Foundation and PhD candidate at Otago University’s National Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (NCPACS) has co-launched and will lead the research on a first of its kind academic partnership in New Zealand with Twitter on the use … Continue reading First Twitter research partnership in New Zealand on countering polarisation, hate and violence

Why not a Kindle?

The green beans were wrapped in Time. The magazine, not the passage. The lentils usually in a Newsweek. Any purchase of over a kilo of manioc was rewarded by indeterminable foreign newsprint on international affairs as its wrapping. Perhaps my love and insatiable consumption of manioc was linked to the possibility of a reward by … Continue reading Why not a Kindle?

Fighting misinformation

‘Upon a Sleepless Isle’, the astonishingly good new book by Andrew Fidel Fernando has a vital lesson for new and generally excitable students of misinformation in Sri Lanka. Countering the spread of rumour, from the risible to the inflammable, is all the rage. The focus and framing are largely on Facebook as well as WhatsApp, … Continue reading Fighting misinformation

United Nations – Welcoming the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Excerpt from a letter penned to the UN Secretary-General penned by me on behalf of the ICT4Peace Foundation. Originally posted on the Foundation's website on 19 June 2019. ### Image courtesy Vice The ICT4Peace Foundation congratulates the Secretary-General of the UN on the launch of the UN strategy and plan of action on hate speech. … Continue reading United Nations – Welcoming the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Full video & slidedeck of lecture: From Christchurch to Sri Lanka – The curious case of social media

First posted on the ICT4Peace Foundation's website on 17 June 2019. ### On 20 May 2019, Sanjana Hattotuwa, a Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation since 2006, gave a well-attended public lecture at the University of Zurich on the role, reach and relevance of social media in responding to kinetic and digital violence, including the … Continue reading Full video & slidedeck of lecture: From Christchurch to Sri Lanka – The curious case of social media

National Dialogue limits in the age of digital media: ‘New dialogic processes’

Cross-posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation website. Originally published on 13 June 2019. ### Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation, Sanjana Hattotuwa, joined the 2019 National Dialogues Conference via Skype video on 12 June to both present a short overview of the state-of-play and as a panellist discussing the interplay between politics, social media, conflict, peace … Continue reading National Dialogue limits in the age of digital media: ‘New dialogic processes’