Capturing violent conflict in Kashmir with mobile phones

The BBC runs a fascinating story today on how young people (who in the story are mostly male) are capturing violent events and processes in Kashmir using their mobile phones.  The example of Kashmir suggests that the prevalence of mobile phones leads to a situation on the ground that mainstream news agencies could not have imagined even … Continue reading Capturing violent conflict in Kashmir with mobile phones

Social and political change in the Arab world through new media

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has a good write up of an event held recently in London that looked at the impact of new media, the web and Internet on polity and society in the Arab world. It notes that, Keeping up or catching up, respectively, with world standards of communication infrastructure, the Arab and … Continue reading Social and political change in the Arab world through new media

ICT Update article – Bringing peace to life

"Peacebuilders everywhere are convinced that a better world is possible. They are devoted to that dream and can imagine peace, unlike so many others around them. There is no single epiphany that shows them the way to peace, or what to do to strengthen and sustain it. Many peacebuilders are killed or, through fear for … Continue reading ICT Update article – Bringing peace to life

Myanmar: The urgent need for communications and collaboration

Everyone's got their knickers in a twist about Myanmar. No laughing matter this. Tens of thousands already dead, a casualty count that could go up to a mind-boggling 100,000, tens of thousands missing, millions displaced and a brutal junta that governs the country to boot. A disaster within a disaster.  I've been forwarded or CC'd … Continue reading Myanmar: The urgent need for communications and collaboration

Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in NGO Mobile Use

Adele Waugaman from the United Nations Foundation sent me a fascinating new report into how mobiles are changing the way in which we advocate for political change, prevent outbreaks of communal violence, deliver food aid, help save forests, mediate effectively in human animal conflicts and other uses. The report is pretty lucid and clear and … Continue reading Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in NGO Mobile Use

Technology for Peace: Ideas from the Trenches

I'm excited to be conducting a workshop for peacebuilders from across the world on how Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) can help strengthen their work next week, as part of the GlobalPeaceBuilders Peacebuilders Summit from 6 - 7 May 2008 in Belfast.  My presentation Technology for Peace: IDeas from the Trenches is online and can be downloaded. It … Continue reading Technology for Peace: Ideas from the Trenches

Growth of mobiles and ICTs in the Asia Pacific region

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 … Continue reading Growth of mobiles and ICTs in the Asia Pacific region

E-Government vs. E-Governance in Sri Lanka – A place for Web 2.0 and mobiles?

An article on the future of e-government from the US proclaims that Web 2.0 will "transform service delivery, make smarter policies, flatten silos and, most importantly, reinvigorate democracy" and facilitate a shift "from monolithic government agencies to pluralistic, networked governance Webs that fuse the knowledge, skills and resources of the masses." Phew! There are undoubtably great examples … Continue reading E-Government vs. E-Governance in Sri Lanka – A place for Web 2.0 and mobiles?

Communicating Disasters: Seeking common ground for media and disaster managers

Communicating Disasters: An Asia Pacific Resource Book (Edited by Nalaka Gunawardene and Frederick Noronha with a Foreword by Sir Arthur C Clarke) was published in December 2007. It is a multi-author book that discusses how information, education and communication can help create disaster resilient communities across the Asia Pacific region, home to half of humanity. … Continue reading Communicating Disasters: Seeking common ground for media and disaster managers