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’

UN Digital Cooperation – Questions to SG Guterres, Melinda Gates and Jack Ma

Cross-posted from ICT4Peace Foundation website. Originally posted on 10 June 2019. First two questions on (social) media literacy and the staggering bias present, today, in AI and ML architectures were penned and posted by me, complementing two others on AI's weaponisation from a colleague. ### To support the launch of the UN SG Guterres’ Report … Continue reading UN Digital Cooperation – Questions to SG Guterres, Melinda Gates and Jack Ma

Tech, Fear and Accountability | Panel discussion at Point 8.0 in Sarajevo

Cross-posted from ICT4Peace Foundation website. Originally published on 22 May 2019. ### Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation, was invited by the organisers of Point 8.0 in Sarajevo to participate in a panel discussion anchored to Tech, Fear and Accountability, featuring Victoire Rio and moderated by Stefania Koskova. The conversation was anchored to … Continue reading Tech, Fear and Accountability | Panel discussion at Point 8.0 in Sarajevo

Input to Christchurch Call meeting in Paris

First posted on the ICT4Peace Foundation website. Features input given by me for Social Media companies and other key actors that fed into a document created for and tabled at the meeting held in Paris to launch the 'Christchurch Call'. First published on 14 May 2019. ### The Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist … Continue reading Input to Christchurch Call meeting in Paris

Does blocking social media help in the wake of a terrorist attack?

Reposted from the ICT4Peace Foundation website and published on 27 April 2019. ### On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was hit by devasting terrorist attacks across the country, claimed by ISIS some days later. The attacks killed over 250, and injured many hundreds more. Throughout the week, more arms caches, known associates of the suicide bombers … Continue reading Does blocking social media help in the wake of a terrorist attack?

When a law is not the answer

Wonderful news said all the Sri Lankans. But why Queensland, all the Australians asked. Fifteen years ago, a Rotary World Peace Fellowship award offered seven universities around the world to undertake a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. I chose the University of Bradford. I was awarded a place at the University of Queensland, in … Continue reading When a law is not the answer

Principles over promises: Responding to the Christchurch terrorism

Almost exactly a year ago, Facebook was in the news in New Zealand over a row with Privacy Commissioner John Edwards. The heated public exchange between Edwards and the company took place in the context of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the private information of millions of Facebook users was harvested, illicitly, for deeply … Continue reading Principles over promises: Responding to the Christchurch terrorism