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

It’s ok for government to infiltrate online privacy of Sri Lankan citizens?

A wide-ranging interview published in the Daily Mirror with Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, also the brother of the President, addresses the issue of internet and web surveillance. The relevant excerpt follows: As an IT expert, do you think that it is ethical for a government to infiltrate into the online privacy of Sri … Continue reading It’s ok for government to infiltrate online privacy of Sri Lankan citizens?

Communications tapping, taping and paranoia in Sri Lanka

An excerpt from a story published in the Sunday Leader, 29th November 2009, demonstrates the reach of communications surveillance in Sri Lanka, and the sheer paranoia of the Rajapakse administration that drives it. Painfully aware of the chinks in their armor the former Chief of Defense Staff could exploit, the Rajapaksas have moved swiftly, decisively … Continue reading Communications tapping, taping and paranoia in Sri Lanka

Legal action against MoD regulations on CDMA and mobile phones

The Daily Mirror carries the story of a lawyer who has filed a writ application in the Appeal Court yesterday against the proposed law to prevent the use of mobile or CDMA phones by anyone other than the registered owner. "The lawyer complained that the proposed law would create a series of problems to phone … Continue reading Legal action against MoD regulations on CDMA and mobile phones

Revenue for content providers vis-à-vis new media

Chamath from JNW asks me a few questions through a recent comment on a post I made on his mobile news service that hit the core of sustainable content generation for the web. What follows are some basic thoughts - they aren't answers in the sense that Chamath expects from me because revenue generation from … Continue reading Revenue for content providers vis-à-vis new media

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

IPS story on New Media in Sri Lanka – A first attempt to grasp new media agenda setting in Sri Lanka

Amantha Perera, with whom I spoke to on the phone around a fortnight ago on Groundviews, ran with a story on new media and its impact on shaping the news agenda in Sri Lanka on IPS today. Titled MEDIA-SRI LANKA: New Media - First With Reports On Intensifying War the story is a explores the … Continue reading IPS story on New Media in Sri Lanka – A first attempt to grasp new media agenda setting in Sri Lanka