JNW SMS news service returns to Dialog

Some SMS based news services in Sri Lanka have a rather peculiar understanding of news – no reports received for example when over 1,500 Tamils were arrested and detained late last year perhaps because some operators place restrictions on the nature of news that can be sent over their networks.  Particularly in this context, I’m very … Continue reading JNW SMS news service returns to Dialog

SMS News Alerts in Sri Lanka – A short review of JNW’s new site and service

JNW was the first to introduce news and information through SMS in Sri Lanka. Writing about it around two years ago, I pointed out that their fundamental problem at the time was their subscription model, which they now seem to have overcome with deals with various mobile phone operators in the country. JNW’s forays into … Continue reading SMS News Alerts in Sri Lanka – A short review of JNW’s new site and service

An event based comparison between Reuters and JNW SMS news alerts on Dialog

There are two SMS based news services for mobile phone users in Sri Lanka. Both offer news alerts through SMS in English, but not in Sinhala or Tamil. JasmineNewswires was the first to introduce this means of news reporting and dissemination in Sri Lanka, with Reuters following in 2007. I’ve reviewed JNW news before on … Continue reading An event based comparison between Reuters and JNW SMS news alerts on Dialog

Video interview with Chamath Ariyadasa, the pioneer of SMS news services in Sri Lanka

http://vimeo.com/25955489 Young Asia Television has just posted online my interview with Chamath Ariyadasa, the brains behind Jasmine Newswires (JNW), the company that provides a number of us with vital news updates via SMS. Read more about JNW: News and information through SMS! News and information through SMS – A second look at JasmineNewswires in Sri … Continue reading Video interview with Chamath Ariyadasa, the pioneer of SMS news services in Sri Lanka

RSF’s 2010 media report on Sri Lanka ignores new and web media

Constituting what in popular blogging parlance is a ‘massive fail’, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) does not even in passing acknowledge the pivotal role of web and new media in Sri Lanka’s media landscape over 2010. In Less anti-media violence in 2010 but more obstruction and self-censorship, the only hint of web media is in the … Continue reading RSF’s 2010 media report on Sri Lanka ignores new and web media

Journalism, civil society and mobile networks

Jude Mathurine from Rhodes University has an interesting presentation on the impact of mobile phone based use of social networks in Africa. I’ve not yet come across a comparable study of new media’s use and impact in Sri Lanka, but the points on slides 3 and 7, noting that the Internet is still an elite … Continue reading Journalism, civil society and mobile networks

The humanitarian catastrophe in Menik Camp and media coverage

On Friday, 14th August, Groundviews was the first in Sri Lanka to go public with the story that torrential rain in Vavuniya was severely affecting thousands of IDPs interned in Menik Camp. We followed up our breaking news report with the first images from the flood affected Menik Camp. Today, Groundviews followed up with more … Continue reading The humanitarian catastrophe in Menik Camp and media coverage

Tolerance and the Internet: Scenarios by 2020

The Pew Internet Project’s Future of the Internet III report, released recently, had the following scenario. Social tolerance has advanced significantly due in great part to the Internet. In 2020, people are more tolerant than they are today, thanks to wider exposure to others and their views that has been brought about by the Internet … Continue reading Tolerance and the Internet: Scenarios by 2020