Operationalizing Peace Operations Reform

Clearing the Decks After a Year of Reviews: Operationalizing Peace Operations Reform, organised by ZIF, the Centre for International Peace Operations, was held from 25 – 26 February just outside of Berlin. Agenda here. I was asked to make a presentation on New Technologies and New Media as it related to UN peacekeeping. The presentation … Continue reading Operationalizing Peace Operations Reform

From hate and harm to aid and advocacy: Angelo Fernando’s ‘Chat Republic’

Cross-posted from Groundviews. ### Angelo Fernando, in addition to being a long-standing columnist in the Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD) is also the author of a new book, Chat Republic: How Social Media Drives Us To Be Human 1.0 in a Web 2.0 World. We begin our conversation on matters digital and online by looking at how Angelo’s father … Continue reading From hate and harm to aid and advocacy: Angelo Fernando’s ‘Chat Republic’

From paper to pixels: News today

Yet something of the old media world is deeply missed. The serendipitous discovery of news and information, for example. We all now live in so-called ‘filter bubbles’, consuming information either curated by us, or for us. Some of this curation is human, which offers agency and choice to the few who wish to really engage … Continue reading From paper to pixels: News today

Blogging as a journalist, woman and individual in Sri Lanka

One or two years ago my friend Tarika Wickremeratne delivered a presentation on blogging to a group of female journalists in Sri Lanka that I had spoken to previously. I champion blogging in Sri Lanka for many reasons, and the empowerment of women being one of them. Over the past 10 years I have spoken to … Continue reading Blogging as a journalist, woman and individual in Sri Lanka

3 day training course on new media

I recently conducted a 3 day course on new media for students, coming from academia as well as mainstream journalism, at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism. In 2010, I did a similar course for the SLCJ Faculty and senior administration staff to build internal capacity to engage with new media. Though this outline gives … Continue reading 3 day training course on new media

Groundviews for iPad: Lessons for online media

One of the advantages of using a robust and recognised content management system for an online media initiative, such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, is that unlike a custom tailored solution, it is able to leverage the innovation of third party developers. Onswipe is a key example of this. Developed for and now available on … Continue reading Groundviews for iPad: Lessons for online media

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