First it was shutting down blog sites after the Mumbai bombings in 2006. This year it was attempting to snoop into communications conducted over BlackBerry's. Now Google has been instructed to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger in a defamation lawsuit filed by an Indian construction company against them. The story on the Wall … Continue reading Unmasking bloggers in India raises some interesting questions
George Orwell is one of my favourite authors and starting tomorrow, his diaries are to published online as a daily blog. Check it out here. What I find fascinating about this (and a mark of Orwell's timeless appeal) is that what he wrote 70 years ago will be as compelling to read now as it … Continue reading George Orwell starts his own blog
Image courtesy The Economist An article in the Economist explores an issue central to my work - the rise of hate speech on the web and the means through which it's production, dissemination and influence can be constrained. In The brave new world of e-hatred, the Economist notes that, What is much more disturbing is the … Continue reading Addressing hatred on the web
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has a good write up of an event held recently in London that looked at the impact of new media, the web and Internet on polity and society in the Arab world. It notes that, Keeping up or catching up, respectively, with world standards of communication infrastructure, the Arab and … Continue reading Social and political change in the Arab world through new media
A presentation made recently at "Asia Regional Forum for Media Development: Creating a Democratic Media Culture in in Asia" organised by the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). If the presentation online on Slideshare is too small, just go ahead and download a PDF of the presentation here. (approx. 10Mb)
Freedom of Speech, Not Freedom From Consequences, an article about the recent controversy on Singapore's reaction to US Citizen and former Singaporan lawyer Gopolan Nair who was arrested, detained and released on bail for “taunting a Singaporan judge” raises some interesting questions about the freedom of expression. As the article notes, Committee to Protect Journalists … Continue reading Freedom of Expression in Singapore vs. Sri Lanka
Nearly half of all internet users would support a voluntary code of conduct for bloggers and online commentators, according to research published in The Guardian recently. The paper noted that a survey by legal firm DLA Piper said 46% of web users think bloggers should sign up to a code that reflected the laws on defamation, … Continue reading Majority favours voluntary code on blogging?
Perhaps one reason allegations of web censorship are growing in Sri Lanka is because purely web based media shows a very high readership when compared to traditional (English) print media published on the web. Taken from Alexa.com, this graph (click on image for larger version) clearly shows that over the past six months, Lankaenews is the … Continue reading Web media readership in Sri Lanka
On the same day The Island newspaper cited net terrorism (sic) as the cause for an outrageous gaffe in its Children Section came news that the Lanka Dissent website had been hacked into. I don't for a moment believe that The Island was a victim of Internet "terrorism" but as an excuse it's credence was … Continue reading Independent media websites hacked in Sri Lanka?
I first wrote about the targeting of bloggers in Egypt two years ago. Things seemed to have got worse. There's stuff happening in Egypt today that we need to be mindful of. Here are a couple of stories that are a must read to get up to speed: Christian Science Monitor's prescient article on the … Continue reading The regime vs. bloggers in Egypt