Even if most of us are powerless to completely evade it completely, the pitfalls of mobile phone intercepts are well documented and known. However, two articles recently published on the web can be read as somewhat justifying the use of material thus collected for truth seeking after an act of terrorism. Whether such use justifies … Continue reading Intercepting mobile communications: A cogent case for truth-seeking and slow news?
"... Thus while the government is trying to position Singapore as a Media Hub for the fast-growing new media technology and development, home grown talent often face harsh official harassment. Singapore's netizens are moving to redefine the terms of the island state's political discourse - whether the government welcome them or not". Kalinga Seneviratne, Asia … Continue reading Online dissent and the future of extremism in Sri Lanka
The Editor in Chief of the Sunday Leader and one of Sri Lanka’s best known journalists Lasantha Wickremetunge was murdered on 8th January 2009 en route to work. He was beaten and shot repeatedly and succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The first post on Groundviews on the assassination can be read here. Lasantha was … Continue reading Citizen journalism on Groundviews and Vikalpa’s YouTube channel interrogates assassination of Lasantha Wickremetunge
Unsubscribe is Amnesty International's new campaign against human rights abuses (by Western Governments including the US and UK) under the guise of the war against terror. The following video, featuring Jiva Parthipan as the prisoner, is shocking and one of the most compelling videos against HR abuses I have seen on the web. As the AI website … Continue reading Waiting for the Guards – Amnesty International’s video on torture
Research in Motion (RIM), the folks behind the Blackberry, are reportedly close to finalising a deal with India's Home Ministry to allow it to monitor communications and access customer data. As Ars Technica notes, The issue first became public in early March, when the ministry threatened to ban BlackBerry service entirely, unless it was given … Continue reading Snooping into mobile communications in India
It's disturbing to read about the intention of the British Government to create a database to record every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public as part of "the fight against crime and terrorism". It's this kind of mindless sleepwalking into a surveillance society that reminds me of Orwells 1984. Conrad's The Secret Agent … Continue reading The rise of Big Brother in the UK
So while Sri Lanka clamps down on the use of mobile phones to prevent terrorism, researchers at Purdue University are working with the state of Indiana to develop a system that would use a network of mobile phones to detect and track radiation in order to help prevent terrorist attacks with radiological "dirty bombs" and … Continue reading Mobile phones against terrorism
Image from Enemybook "People have always been mean and petty and now, with the culture of putting everything online and the reality shows that thrive on voting people off the island or telling people you're fired, it's not surprising that people want to blast their enemies to the world," said Patrice Oppliger, assistant professor of … Continue reading Enemies on Facebook – Anti-social behaviour in social networks
As I wrote in a recent article: "The central disconnect between conflict resolution theorists and the essential nature of terrorism lies here – we do not really know the logic that drives terrorism, a logic so alien to us that we cannot even imagine it. It is a logic that driven by a rationale and … Continue reading Understanding terrorism better through technology?