Intercepting mobile communications: A cogent case for truth-seeking and slow news?

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?

Al Jazeera questions media freedom in post-war Sri Lanka

Al Jazeera's path-breaking The Listening Post programme looks at enduring challenges facing media freedom in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan media war continues critically looks at the video broadcast by Channel 4, the sentencing of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam and the continued violence against independent media. This programme features at the end very short submissions made … Continue reading Al Jazeera questions media freedom in post-war Sri Lanka

Poetry, Prose and Satire: Exploring violence, war, religion and peace in Sri Lanka

In light of a Government unable and unwilling to investigate violence against journalists and independent media, satire is one way in which violent events, processes and individuals can be held up for public scrutiny more frequently. In the first submission to the site, Banyan News Reporters publishes a piece on how TV Remote Controllers are … Continue reading Poetry, Prose and Satire: Exploring violence, war, religion and peace in Sri Lanka

Citizen journalism on Groundviews and Vikalpa’s YouTube channel interrogates assassination of Lasantha Wickremetunge

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

Video Games and Gender

As video games perpetuate the status quo, they also reinforce and extend gender-based inequalities. This element of video games should be taken seriously precisely because these technologies are toys. Children learn ideas about gender through video games - and, many children at that! These ideas about gender are harmful and are intimately connected with the … Continue reading Video Games and Gender

Quick takes: Using technology to combat violence

Two news stories, both from the United States, point to the use of citizen generated content as well as new surveillance technologies that are being leveraged to bring down violent crime. Reuters reports on the New York Police Department's decision to allow citizens to upload mobile video and photos directly to them to help in combatting crime … Continue reading Quick takes: Using technology to combat violence

Complex Political Emergencies and humanitarian aid systems design

Missing entirely in the discussions I was part of at the UN OCHA +5 Symposium and also the draft statement current on the Symposium website for public review is the manner in which complex political emergencies  (CPEs, herein used to also cover violent ethno-political conflict) influence the design and deployment of ICT support architectures and … Continue reading Complex Political Emergencies and humanitarian aid systems design

Understanding terrorism better through technology?

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?