My work with UAVs is largely conceptual, framed by growing up in a context of war, deeply informed by having to deal with the enduring legacy of violent conflict even post-war and anchored to the inalienable yet often callously erased rights of communities and individuals around safety, security and privacy. My interest in UAVs results … Continue reading UAVs and peacebuilding: Some thoughts
The potential of Oil Reporter, a new mobile application from Crisis Commons, goes far beyond its intended application to monitor the fallout of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf Coast. In a blog post written four years ago (Content without wires), I hinted at the potential for meaningful peacebuilding through similar applications, running on smartphones … Continue reading Oil slick reporting through mobiles
"I am an Indian pediatrician who served with the Indian Medical Team at Menik Farm IDP center. The point I am trying to raise is this we were managing scores of infants with bullet / shell blast injuries (some festering, mostly healed). It gives an idea of the extent of collateral damage suffered by … Continue reading Unique perspectives on the end of war in Sri Lanka
South Asian Media Cultures: Audiences, Representations, Contexts is finally out. Edited by Shakuntala Banaji, the book features a chapter written by me titled Expanding the Art of the Possible: Leveraging Citizen Journalism and User Generated Content (USG) for Peace in Sri Lanka. It is one of two essays in the tome dealing with media in … Continue reading South Asian Media Cultures: Audiences, Representations, Contexts
Since 2004, I have worked on and been involved in the interesting evolution of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), in large part as a Fellow at The National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, based at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From once a strictly legal/commercial dispute resolution domain, ODR has now more fully embraced peacebuilding … Continue reading Peace Building in the Digital Era: 9th Forum on New Technologies of Information & Communication applied to Conflict
Can we End this Cycle of Hatred? an article published on Groundviews, a citizen journalism site I edit in Sri Lanka, elicited this comment from someone called Ramanan: Nice article. I see a lot of parents infesting the young minds in western world. I am a Tamil, living in the US for a long time. … Continue reading Negotiating ethnic hatred in Sri Lanka
The Chairman of the ICT4Peace Foundation has a great interview with the International Relations and Security Network on the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in peacebuilding. The podcast is available here.
We all experience conflict - at work, in the family, the playground, our relationships. We've all over-reacted, or behaved in a way we later regretted and wished we could make redress for. Make Your Peace is your chance to do just that. It's a special campaign from Peace Direct marking the UN's International Day of … Continue reading Make your peace. Virtually.
Peace Direct's Insight on Conflict has a great Google Map with details of peacebuilding initiatives at the grassroots in Sri Lanka. I first wrote about Insight on Conflict around two years ago (Introducing Buddhist monks to non-violence…) and it's great to see how their web presence has evolved to now embrace tools like Google Maps to … Continue reading Map of local peacebuilding initiatives in Sri Lanka from Insight on Conflict
The National Academy of Engineering organised a workshop on Technology and Peacebuilding on 14th December 2007, the report of which I was sent last week. Through a rather tedious rigmarole, it is possible to download this report from their website. Do it. It's worth it. I joined the workshop over Skype Video and was introduced … Continue reading NAE report on ICT and Peacebuilding gets it right. And also very wrong.