The Ceylon Today newspaper quotes me in what is becoming a familiar story - identity theft and the unauthorised use of photos posted to various online social media fora for nefarious activities. Women and Media Collective's Sepali Kottegoda underscores the problem, yet the challenge remains on how to build and teach this (new) media literacy … Continue reading Pitfalls of privacy online
I recently wrote on how even robust democracies can censor the Internet. When even democracies go awry with online dissent looked at the examples from France, Australia, the United Kingdom and even the US where new media use, including citizen journalism, and other content have been banned or blocked. Whenever I have decried censorship in Sri … Continue reading Australia and pornography: Google says filtering goes too far
In a presentation made at the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) on the occasion of drafting the 2008 Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility, I noted that, I certainly agree with the fact that we need to protect our children from pornography, but it does not really tell us how it is going … Continue reading From pornography to censorship?
It was almost exactly a year ago that I read this report on Techcrunch that said children in Nigeria were accessing porn from the XO Laptop (alias $100 PC). The story noted, tongue in cheek that It’s heart warming to know that the efforts of the well meaning folks behind the OLPC project are delivering … Continue reading The rise of the Nanny State: Sri Lanka to filter pornography on the web