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

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