Making Facebook’s New Human Rights Policy Real

This article was originally published on the website of Institute for Human Rights and Business. ### The world’s biggest social media platform, Facebook, recently unveiled its human rights policy. It is a step in the right direction. But declaring a policy is one thing; implementing it is quite another. In a recent podcast with the Institute for Human Rights … Continue reading Making Facebook’s New Human Rights Policy Real

The Christchurch massacre and social media: Lessons learnt and unlearnt

Image courtesy Guardian As part of the New Ec(h)o systems: Democracy in the age of social media, Paul Ash, the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Cyber and Digital and Cyber Coordinator at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet joined Special Advisor Sanjana Hattotuwa in a session titled 'The Christchurch massacre and social … Continue reading The Christchurch massacre and social media: Lessons learnt and unlearnt

Video of session: Information disorder & conflict – The humanitarian dimension

What are "information disorders"? What impact do they have on conflict and other situations of violence? And how can humanitarians better understand them and mitigate their negative effects? Special Advisor of the ICT4Peace Foundation, Sanjana Hattotuwa, took part in a panel discussion on the impact of misinformation, disinformation and hate speech in the humanitarian sector. … Continue reading Video of session: Information disorder & conflict – The humanitarian dimension

Groupthink: Are we collectively ruining democracy?

Invited by Transparency International New Zealand, I gave a presentation titled 'Demons in our demos' for a Zoom gathering held on 29 July 2020, hosted by the University of Wellington as part of their leadership week. PDF of event description here. Are we collectively ruining democracy? Polarisation of thought and belief seems to be on … Continue reading Groupthink: Are we collectively ruining democracy?

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

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