CMEV’s election monitoring featured on Technology for Transparency Network

I was recently interviewed by the Technology for Transparency Network, an initiative of GlobalVoices, on the work I do with the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV). They were particularly interested in the pioneering manner in which CMEV uses the web and the Internet to aid its work, which I had written about in detail … Continue reading CMEV’s election monitoring featured on Technology for Transparency Network

The great leveller: Mobile phones in India flag potential for m-gov elsewhere too

The NY Times has a great story on mobiles in India. From 1997 to 2000 I experienced as a student how the introduction of cybercafes in Delhi - at the time far more expensive then their Sri Lankan counterparts per hour - changed the way I communicated with family back home and Indians communicated with … Continue reading The great leveller: Mobile phones in India flag potential for m-gov elsewhere too

Democratic governance and mobile phones

"Don't get grandma hear it" was what US soldier Stephen Philips was reported in the Newsweek as saying when his cell phone redialled home during a fire-fight in Afghanistan and broadcast the chaos into his parent's answering machine . Though it would have been traumatic for the parents of Stephen Philips, yet this is an … Continue reading Democratic governance and mobile phones

E-Petitions

There's an interesting article in the politics.co.uk that debates the rise of e-petitions in England, as well as its pros and cons. As it notes, The Hansard Society's eDemocracy programme director, Andy Williamson, spoke passionately about their importance in Westminster last week. He talked of "closing the gap between citizens and parliament" and described e-petitions … Continue reading E-Petitions

New media and networked communications environments

I received advance notice of what looks like an interesting meeting organised by International Media Support in Denmark that will be held on 15 and 16 September 2008 on the opportunities and threats presented by new media and networked communications environments for press freedom and democratization. As the IMS PR notes, This event will bring together civil … Continue reading New media and networked communications environments