Nokia Siemens in Iran: Shame or all’s fair game for telcos?

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?

Posts on Iran, new media and citizen journalism

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

The Economist magazine held up in “post-war” 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?

SLT blocks Tamil websites

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

Sunday Leader and Psiphon win Freedom of Expression awards, but in UAE you can’t access one

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

2008: Celebrating the growth of media freedom and the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

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

Poetry, Prose and Satire: Exploring violence, war, religion and peace 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