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

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

Digital Blooms | Article for LMD, January 2019

Witnessing a constitutional crisis through social media Of the many frames of reference readers may employ to help comprehend the extraordinary developments in Sri Lanka after the 26th of October, I doubt images of flowers in bloom or flower beds would immediately spring to mind. And yet, this is how I see Sri Lanka, or … Continue reading Digital Blooms | Article for LMD, January 2019

Social media and government

Was invited by out-going Director General of the Government Information Department Ranga Kalansooriya late Sunday night to give a presentation the next day on social media and its importance for government officials, at a workshop organised by him with representatives from Facebook (coming in from India) present. Incoming / acting DG of the Government Information … Continue reading Social media and government

Social media and peace: Presentation at ZIF’s 15th year celebrations in Berlin

The Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze gGmbH (Centre for International Peace Operations) based in Berlin, Germany, invited me to talk on social media and peace as part of an event to celebrate 15 years since its inception. I've worked with ZIF for a number of years, starting with pioneering training programs on leveraging open source intelligence and … Continue reading Social media and peace: Presentation at ZIF’s 15th year celebrations in Berlin

President, PM, Parliament, MFA, Cabinet, Central Bank & News.lk: Searching via Google

Created a new Google custom search engine (after the reception to the first made yesterday) covering key government websites. Access it here. The search engine indexes everything on: President’s Media Division - http://www.pmdnews.lk Official Website of the President - http://www.president.gov.lk Presidential Secretariat - http://www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk President’s Fund - http://www.presidentsfund.gov.lk President’s Wikipedia entry - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maithripala_Sirisena PM’s Wikipedia entry … Continue reading President, PM, Parliament, MFA, Cabinet, Central Bank & News.lk: Searching via Google

ICCM 2016, Manila, Philippines: Video message from ICT4Peace Foundation

The International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) is the leading humanitarian technology event of the year, bringing together the most important humanitarian, human rights, development and media organizations with the world’s best technology companies, software developers and academics. As thus one of the few neutral spaces where such important conversations can take place, the annual … Continue reading ICCM 2016, Manila, Philippines: Video message from ICT4Peace Foundation