Texts Without Context on the NY Times is an excellent round up and review of books on the qualitative nature, reach and growth of new media, and its implications for the way we produce, consume and understand news. From the infidelity of Tiger Woods to the death of Michael Jackson, the highest peaks of traffic
An excerpt from a story published in the Sunday Leader, 29th November 2009, demonstrates the reach of communications surveillance in Sri Lanka, and the sheer paranoia of the Rajapakse administration that drives it. Painfully aware of the chinks in their armor the former Chief of Defense Staff could exploit, the Rajapaksas have moved swiftly, decisively
Burning Bridge has an excellent write up on the information and media landscape in Sri Lanka and its role in conflict and peacebuilding. Though new, the blog already has some other excellent posts on the intersections of information and conflict.
The UNESCAP 2007 Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific has some interesting figures on the growth of ICTs in general and mobile phone telephony in particular in the region. Sri Lanka has more mobile phone subscribers per 100 population than Pakistan and India. Other interesting statistics include: Mobile phone growth is stifling fixed line
Cybersyn Control Room (image courtesy Wikipedia) Cybernetics and Stafford Beer were introduced to me by a friend who was a former mainframe systems analyst interested in using Beer’s Viable Systems Model for the design of peace processes more resilient to spoiler dynamics in the erstwhile Sri Lankan peace process. Never quite grasped it, though words
Who’s afraid of citizen journalists? – Chapter from “Communicating Disasters: An Asia Pacific Resource Book”
“Communicating disasters — before, during and after they happen — is fraught with many challenges. Today’s ICT tools enable us to be smart and strategic in gathering and disseminating information. But there is no silver bullet that can fix everything. We must never forget how even high tech (and high cost) solutions can fail at
Image from Cartoonstock The Debate Over Cellphone Jamming published in the New York opens up some very interesting debates on how mobiles are used and perceived in societies today. Dealing with the US in particular, the article is based on a blog post by Bruce Schneier, a prominent computer security expert, on mobile phone jamming.
Moderating an event organised by a professional accounting association recently that had Hans Wijesuriya, CEO of Dialog Telekom in Sri Lanka as a guest speaker, I picked up on how he characterised Dialog, which he said was about “giving wings to equality” (exact quote). This prompted me to ask him how he, as a professional