Is the LTTE really finished and the War over? videos watched over 37,000 times

Is the LTTE really finished and the War over? is a series of short videos in English, Sinhala and Tamil featuring promiment politicians, former LTTE members, academics and civil society activists. The 24 videos in this series have been viewed, just a few days after they were uploaded, well over 37,000 times collectively. Some videos … Continue reading Is the LTTE really finished and the War over? videos watched over 37,000 times

Internet and Web based Citizen Journalism in Sri Lanka

Background paper to a workshop on Citizen Journalism I'm organising in the near future. Full paper with references as a PDF from here. Many less radical institutions - governments, NGOs, think tanks - are struggling to address the same challenge, unable to respond to the rapidly shifting balance of power between the individual and the … Continue reading Internet and Web based Citizen Journalism in Sri Lanka

NYPD in the spotlight through YouTube

Initiatives like Witness have been doing it for years, but sites like YouTube resulting in a surge of new videos that expose Police excesses, corruption and brutality even in New York.  A recent article for the NY Times (Officers Become Accidental YouTube Stars) explores the issue further and is in effect an article about citizens … Continue reading NYPD in the spotlight through YouTube

Quick take – Google launches audio indexing

Google announced the launch of its new audio indexing technology - terribly called Gaudi - through a dedicated website. Available only in English and vaunt to crash Safari on my Mac, the site nevertheless shows some early promise. It is however still woefully inaccurate, the challenge of having to create algorithms that can 'understand' the … Continue reading Quick take – Google launches audio indexing

Vikalpa Video in the YouTube Reporters Top 100 for coverage of 1983 anti-Tamil riots

Screenshot taken at 9.15am, 30th July 2008 (+5.30GMT) The Vikalpa Video Channel made it to the top 100 most viewed channels on the YouTube Reporters category this week. The interest in and traffic to the site was largely generated by over 30 short videos on July '83 available here. To put this significant achievement in … Continue reading Vikalpa Video in the YouTube Reporters Top 100 for coverage of 1983 anti-Tamil riots

Government Information Department on YouTube!

Deane kindly pointed me to the relatively new Government Information Department's YouTube channel. Along with the expected drivel, there's also some great historical footage to be found (e.g. content from the Non-Aligned Movement Summit held in Colombo 1976). Unsurprisingly, there's only stuff here in Sinhala. Tamil, apparently, is not a language the Government Film Unit … Continue reading Government Information Department on YouTube!

Mobile phone based citizen journalism videos on YouTube viewed over 104,000 times

Inspired by a post on Burning Bridge to do a count of the number of times all the videos on the Vikalpa YouTube channel had been viewed, I was pleased to note that the videos had been collectively viewed over 104,000 times to date. The channel itself has been viewed over 5,000 times.  Writing in October 2007 … Continue reading Mobile phone based citizen journalism videos on YouTube viewed over 104,000 times

Obama says Iraq situation is shit. Or does he? Google speech-to-text not quite there yet

Google is making it easier to search for instances of key words and phrases used by the US presidential candidates in videos uploaded to YouTube. With the help of our speech recognition technologies, videos from YouTube's Politicians channels are automatically transcribed from speech to text and indexed. Using the gadget you can search not only the titles … Continue reading Obama says Iraq situation is shit. Or does he? Google speech-to-text not quite there yet