Hometown Baghdad and a similar idea for Sri Lanka

It's not the first time that I've written here on the power of video to transform conflict, facilitate reconciliation and highlight insights and facets to war not often covered by traditional media. I guess the most well known of exercises in recent times was by Kevin Sikes and his compelling work with Yahoo to document … Continue reading Hometown Baghdad and a similar idea for Sri Lanka

The telling lack of timely SMS news alerts on the arrest and detention of Tamils

Writing on the arrest and detention of hundreds of Tamils in the South of Sri Lanka, Ange in an article published on Groundviews had a very interesting observation on SMS based news services in Sri Lanka at a time such as this: I wonder at the comfortable ignorance the majority of us enjoy being in. … Continue reading The telling lack of timely SMS news alerts on the arrest and detention of Tamils

Dialog: Listening to customers?

I first expressed reservations about Dialog's recently introduced WiMax service on Lirneasia's blog, which has some interesting responses after my comment that call in general for a more rigorous study of the Quality of Service of "broadband" service providers in Sri Lanka (that I seem to recall Lirneasia was interested in doing, though I may … Continue reading Dialog: Listening to customers?

Reuters breaking news alerts no more on Dialog

Seems that Reuters has pulled out of offering SMS news alerts and information bulletins through Dialog. Dialog is now advertising Ada Derana, from the TV station Derana, as a replacement though to date, I've received many SMS's from Ada Derana asking me to await breaking news alerts, none have been forthcoming. The last I reviewed … Continue reading Reuters breaking news alerts no more on Dialog

Mobile phones as a basic human right: Perspectives from Sri Lanka

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 … Continue reading Mobile phones as a basic human right: Perspectives from Sri Lanka