Deep packet inspection is bad under any regime, no matter how benevolent. When a regime such as Iran today gets access to technology with the potential of DPI, you have a justifiable uproar on far more serious and urgent implications than delayed music downloads. Global media over the past week pointed to Nokia and Siemens … Continue reading Nokia Siemens in Iran: Shame or all’s fair game for telcos?
I've been inundated with links on how new media is helping us understand what's going on in Iran after its recently held Presidential elections. In order to understand the broader context of who uses new media in Iran, why and how, the Berkman Centre's Mapping Iran's Online Public is essential reading. A few articles on new … Continue reading Posts on Iran, new media and citizen journalism
UNHCR's RefWorld features a report from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) that raises fears over a regime of Internet censorship in Sri Lanka broader and deeper than what exists at present. There is an element of hyperbole here - calling Sri Lanka an enemy of the Internet is, as yet, far too premature in light of the … Continue reading Internet censorship in Sri Lanka
Victory's Rotten Fruits appears in the print edition of the most recent Economist. This is an email I got this morning from a friend and subscriber to the mag in SL. This week's Economist has apparently (as per Vijitha Yapa - to whom I pay a bloody 11,000 bucks for the magazine) been "held up" … Continue reading The Economist magazine held up in “post-war” Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has blocked access to the following websites as of today from its ADSL network: Tamilcanadian and TamilCanadian's News Section Puthinam.com Tamilnation.org Reports I have received indicate that these are still accessible on Dialog. All ISPs in Sri Lanka have repeatedly blocked access to Tamilnet.com, but actions today indicate that the scope … Continue reading SLT blocks Tamil websites
After reporting that it was shortlisted in late March, I'm happy to see that the Sunday Leader has won the journalism award in the 2009 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award. The Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the promoting of free expression. As I … Continue reading Sunday Leader and Psiphon win Freedom of Expression awards, but in UAE you can’t access one
In a presentation made at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) on the occasion of drafting the 2008 Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility, I noted that, I certainly agree with the fact that we need to protect our children from pornography, but it does not really tell us how it is going … Continue reading From pornography to censorship?
Tamilnet was opened up, then blocked again and has now been opened up again via some connections on some ISPs. Tamilnet.com has been accessible from SLT's ADSL connections for around five or six days from the last time it was blocked. To date, you cannot access the site from Dialog's WiMax connections. Bizarrely though, I … Continue reading Tamilnet.com unblocked again. Sort of.
NOT. Media freedom and the freedom of expression took a nose dive in 2008, following trends from the year before. Print, electronic and web media were severely undermined by government and LTTE supported violence - both physical and verbal - against dissent, independent opinion and investigative journalism. Framed by escalation of hostilities in the North … Continue reading 2008: Celebrating the growth of media freedom and the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka
In light of a Government unable and unwilling to investigate violence against journalists and independent media, satire is one way in which violent events, processes and individuals can be held up for public scrutiny more frequently. In the first submission to the site, Banyan News Reporters publishes a piece on how TV Remote Controllers are … Continue reading Poetry, Prose and Satire: Exploring violence, war, religion and peace in Sri Lanka