Presidential election 2010: Archiving campaign websites of key candidates

Mahinda Rajapakse, who went on to win and Sarath Fonseka were two key candidates in Sri Lanka’s presidential election held on 26 January 2010. For around six week, the websites archived here on 27 January 2010 contained information on issues, policies and practices championed by both candidates. They also carried the usual propaganda and counter-propaganda.

These archives don’t include the content on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, along with entries in Wikipedia.

Of interest here is http://www.sfbalakaya.com, set up as a spoof with the clear intent of deriding Sarath Fonseka in the guise of being his official website. This site was particularly pernicious because of its publication of completely false information pegged to real individuals and organisations.

I’ve written in detail about my Websites at risk initiative here.

    One comment on “Presidential election 2010: Archiving campaign websites of key candidates

    1. amila hendahewa
      January 28, 2010 at 11:05 am #

      Very good initiative. Wonder if there is any such mechanism by the government to archive .gov.lk sites.

      Keep up the good work.

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