Democracy in the age of social media: Podcast of radio interview by OAR FM Dunedin

Cross posted from ICT4Peace Foundation site. ### Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation, Sanjana Hattotuwa, in conversation with Marvin Hubbard from OAR FM Dunedin, looking at the issues around social media, hate, peace and democracy in Aotearoa/New Zealand and beyond. Broadcast live on OAR 105.4FM Dunedin on 23 March 2021. Original podcast at Community or … Continue reading Democracy in the age of social media: Podcast of radio interview by OAR FM Dunedin

The Christchurch massacre and social media: Lessons learnt and unlearnt

Image courtesy Guardian As part of the New Ec(h)o systems: Democracy in the age of social media, Paul Ash, the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Cyber and Digital and Cyber Coordinator at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet joined Special Advisor Sanjana Hattotuwa in a session titled 'The Christchurch massacre and social … Continue reading The Christchurch massacre and social media: Lessons learnt and unlearnt

Video of session: Information disorder & conflict – The humanitarian dimension

What are "information disorders"? What impact do they have on conflict and other situations of violence? And how can humanitarians better understand them and mitigate their negative effects? Special Advisor of the ICT4Peace Foundation, Sanjana Hattotuwa, took part in a panel discussion on the impact of misinformation, disinformation and hate speech in the humanitarian sector. … Continue reading Video of session: Information disorder & conflict – The humanitarian dimension

New Ec(h)o systems: Democracy in the age of social media

Hosted by the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago, I curated a conference looking at the intersection of social media and democracy on 16 and 17 March 2021. Supported by the first of its kind partnership with Twitter in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the conference was the culmination of doctoral … Continue reading New Ec(h)o systems: Democracy in the age of social media

Groupthink: Are we collectively ruining democracy?

Invited by Transparency International New Zealand, I gave a presentation titled 'Demons in our demos' for a Zoom gathering held on 29 July 2020, hosted by the University of Wellington as part of their leadership week. PDF of event description here. Are we collectively ruining democracy? Polarisation of thought and belief seems to be on … Continue reading Groupthink: Are we collectively ruining democracy?

Facebook Reform Must Be Seen as a Global Matter

This article first appeared on Techonomy. ### Facebook is a company that responds to pressure, and to lawsuits, but we in the Global South, at least as much affected by its harms as users in the United States, are at a significant disadvantage in wielding such tools on our own behalf. That has generally meant … Continue reading Facebook Reform Must Be Seen as a Global Matter

Peace processes after the pandemic: What role for technology?

Cross-posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation site. ### Framing In 2002, as an integral part of an official ceasefire negotiations processes in Sri Lanka after decades of war, commercial off-the-shelf-software (COTS) was adopted and adapted to support the process of mediation, anchored to a one-text process. The platform, co-architected and curated by Sanjana Hattotuwa, supported encrypted … Continue reading Peace processes after the pandemic: What role for technology?

Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit: Quick take from outside the US

After an elephantine gestation, Facebook released its civil rights audit on 7th July 2020. The 90 page report, anchored in the main to civil rights issues in the US, is absolutely scathing in its criticism of Facebook. Nothing of what is captured in it is new or surprising to those of us who have flagged … Continue reading Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit: Quick take from outside the US

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