Category: ICT for Peacebuilding

Whatsapp during a live protest

Not for the first time, I relied very heavily on WhatsApp in covering the Different Yet Equal vigil in Colombo, and the resulting drama. Updates sent to the Groundviews WhatsApp group (which at the time of writing this has over one hundred subscribers) included audio, video and photos. Also sent vital context around the use

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Sinhale’s crisis of legitimacy

Though this poster is very easily debunked, the intent is clear. It is not just aimed at discrediting those who organised the vigil. The purpose it serves is larger and holds currency for longer. The intent here is to mislead and spread hate against identity groups targeted by Sinhale as being somehow anti-patriotic, alien and

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Government Information Centre as portal for Right to Information in Sri Lanka

Update, 19 October 2016: Got to learn that this idea was given Cabinet approval, and with a deadline of December 2017 to implement as part of the Government of Sri Lanka’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. The govt has approved the @opengovpart National Action Plan,with almst no changes to #RTIsl . Goes beyond Act

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Leveraging technology for social change in Sri Lanka

Friend and colleague Sam de Silva, also the Country Director of Internews Sri Lanka, has an interesting op-ed published in The Daily FT today. Communications and information are critical to the success of this new Government, particularly with the two massive undertakings of building a new constitution and taking the country through a reconciliation process.

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Build Peace 2016: Don’t miss out on registration!

We are getting closer to Build Peace 2016, which going by the agenda now online is shaping up to be the best yet. Spread over three days, we have a great line-up of speakers (online bots for activism, virtual reality for peacebuilding, combating extremism online) and a growing selection of workshops (videogames for peace, co-designing

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Session on social media in Sri Lanka

Made the following introductory presentation on social media in Sri Lanka today, focussing on civic media, to around 25 – 30 new recruits of the National Information Centre. The training was held at Visumpaya in Colombo, and conducted in Sinhala and English.

Countering Violent Extremism & Mobile Advocacy in Myanmar

Cross-posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation’s website. ### I was invited to take part in Tech Camp 2016, held at Phandeeyar, where I talked about and trained on mobile advocacy and activism strategies. Calling on the work engineered in Sri Lanka around election monitoring, civil society mobilisation, voter education and civic media, I talked about how

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Operationalizing Peace Operations Reform

Clearing the Decks After a Year of Reviews: Operationalizing Peace Operations Reform, organised by ZIF, the Centre for International Peace Operations, was held from 25 – 26 February just outside of Berlin. Agenda here. I was asked to make a presentation on New Technologies and New Media as it related to UN peacekeeping. The presentation

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Counter-speech: What works?

I was recently in Myanmar, where at the invitation of the Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU), I conducted an informal presentation on hate and dangerous speech monitoring plus counter-speech strategies, as well as social media strategies during and in response to elections. In a subsequent conversation with someone from the excellent Phandeeyar initiative based in Yangon,

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Using technology to make or revise a constitution

Cross posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation’s website. ### The ICT4Peace Foundation, in collaboration with International Idea and Google Ideas, curated the first of its kind workshop on technology and constitutional building processes at the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, on Monday, 16 November 2015. The concept note to the workshop can be read here. As

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