The Internet as a fundamental human right?

Many around the world believe that the Internet access should be a fundamental right, as brought out by a recent BBC global survey. The case was earlier made for mobile phones as a basic human right, which I found rather unconvincing. On the other hand, I see the Internet and web, and the access to … Continue reading The Internet as a fundamental human right?

The size and nature of the mobile web market

From Gizmodo comes a pointer to this interesting visualisation of the size and nature of the mobile web. Click image for higher resolution version. Amongst other interesting points, Google dominates mobile search. Nokia and Symbian (which I detest) dominate smartphone sales and mobile OS platforms respectively. Unsurprisingly, the iPhone dominates the mobile web in the … Continue reading The size and nature of the mobile web market

A damned democracy and a violent peace: Groundviews

Read over 2,600 times and generating nearly 150 comments to date (well over 30,000 words), The ‘Sinhala-Nationalist’s Burden’ by Kalana Senaratne critiques Gomin Dayasiri’s idea of and primacy given to Sinhala nationalism. Kalana avers that, "Approaching the Tamil people with a self-made list of grievances is the wrong place and the wrong way to start … Continue reading A damned democracy and a violent peace: Groundviews

A response to Diane Coyle’s defence of New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts: The Role of Information and Social Networks

Diane Coyle finds the tone of my critique of New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts: The Role of Information and Social Networks, published by the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation "surprising and disappointing". That’s actually a succinct encapsulation of what I feel about her report itself. I have already responded in detail to co / second … Continue reading A response to Diane Coyle’s defence of New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts: The Role of Information and Social Networks

Al Jazeera questions media freedom in post-war Sri Lanka

Al Jazeera's path-breaking The Listening Post programme looks at enduring challenges facing media freedom in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan media war continues critically looks at the video broadcast by Channel 4, the sentencing of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam and the continued violence against independent media. This programme features at the end very short submissions made … Continue reading Al Jazeera questions media freedom in post-war Sri Lanka

The pros and cons of crowdsourcing election monitoring

MobileActive.org's Katrin Verclas has a great article looking at the pros and cons of crowdsourcing election monitoring, based on the experience of Lebanon recently.  I agree that crowdsourcing anything leaves much to be desired in terms of accuracy and information fit to feed into critical decision support processes. This is why the ICT4Peace Foundation is … Continue reading The pros and cons of crowdsourcing election monitoring

The end of foreign correspondence?

Taken from Fi & Bryn's Big Trip Is the role and relevance of the foreign correspondent now defunct or is it evolving? Foreign correspondence, I explained, is not as foreign as it used to be. “There, not here,” is over. It is a momentous, overlooked shift in the world: Foreign correspondents no longer cover one … Continue reading The end of foreign correspondence?

Education in Sri Lanka and Sir Arthur C Clarke’s legacy

Science writer Nalaka Gunawardene published an article on Groundviews today commemorating the first death anniversary of Sir Arthur C Clarke. In it he notes, But can imagination and innovation take root unless we break free from the shackles of orthodoxy? For transformative change to happen, we will need to rethink certain aspects of our education, … Continue reading Education in Sri Lanka and Sir Arthur C Clarke’s legacy