Media Innovation at the World Editors Forum 2013

Innovation and paywalls were the buzzwords at the  20th World Editors Forum (WEF) and the 65th World Newspaper Congress, held recently in Bangkok, Thailand. There was hardly any panel which didn't address the ostensible merits of establishing a paywall, or how innovation - proposed and perceived mostly as mobile app development, responsive web design or changes … Continue reading Media Innovation at the World Editors Forum 2013

The Sri Lankan President’s Twitter archive

Excerpt from a much longer piece I wrote for Groundviews (The Sri Lankan President’s Twitter archive and Propaganda 2.0: New challenges for online dissent), dealing with an archive I created that captures every single tweet published by the Sri Lankan President's official Twitter account, and why this is so important. ### It is evident therefore … Continue reading The Sri Lankan President’s Twitter archive

Attending 2011 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference

Stepping into the MIT Media Lab is akin to leaving this world, and stepping into a different one. I chanced into the building to meet Ethan Zuckerman earlier this year as part of the ICT4Peace Foundation's work, and will step in again in two weeks time as a participant at the 2011 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. … Continue reading Attending 2011 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference

High-definition documentaries and photo essays from Sri Lanka

Moving Images is a series of stunning short-form documentary and narrated photographic portraits on facets of life in post-war Sri Lanka. These high-definition productions, the country’s first, range from portraits of resilience from the war ravaged Jaffna and reflections on the Eurasian community by the last surviving Eurasians themselves to fascinating lives in Colombo invisible … Continue reading High-definition documentaries and photo essays from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s and South Asia’s first citizen journalism iPhone app

Thanks to the brilliant Cezar Neaga with whom I worked for around two months on this, I launched today Sri Lanka’s as well as South Asia’s first citizen journalism app for Apple’s iOS platform. The Groundviews app works on the iPod Touch, iPad and is optimised for the iPhone 4's Retina display. The press release I … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s and South Asia’s first citizen journalism iPhone app

ICT4Peace: Beyond Crisis Mapping

At the invitation of Crisis Mappers, I delivered a presentation on ICT4Peace to an audience from around the world at an ungodly hour in Sri Lanka yesterday. Though Jen Ziemke's notice on the Crisis Mappers website noted that I would be talking about the latest in the field, when in fact I spoke about the … Continue reading ICT4Peace: Beyond Crisis Mapping

Introducing Long Reads on Groundviews | Long-form journalism in Sri Lanka

I formally launched the Long Reads section on Groundviews today. This section brings to the site long-form journalism found in publications such as the Economist's fantastic Intelligent Life quarterly, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker and the New York Times. Inspired by the Longreads blog, these articles offer more in-depth deliberation on key issues covered on Groundviews. Articles currently published include: Some reflections … Continue reading Introducing Long Reads on Groundviews | Long-form journalism in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka inside-out: Cyberspace and the mediated geographies of political engagement

Save for the treatment of Tamilnet in Mark Whitaker's book on Sivaram, I know of no other Sri Lankan website other than Groundviews that has inspired rigorous academic study. From as early as 2007, content on Groundviews has been studied and quoted in academic journals, books and media reports. Today I was forwarded Sri Lanka inside-out: Cyberspace … Continue reading Sri Lanka inside-out: Cyberspace and the mediated geographies of political engagement