Cross-posted from the ICT4Peace Foundation’s blog. ### I March this year, Patrick Meier wrote to me and to Daniel Stauffacher, the head of the ICT4Peace Foundation, to give input into what at the time was a draft note around creating a global network of civilian UAV pilots to support humanitarian efforts. The draft concept note was a compelling call to ...

Getting noticed in the tech crowd: an interview with Arunoda Susiripala Arunoda Susiripala is famous within the Meteor community.To say that he’s build a name for himself and his company (Meteorhacks) is an understatement: to the select community of developers using the Meteor framework, Arunoda is practically unavoidable: run a Google search on this radical, high-performance framework and you will eventually end up reading something by this guy, who describes himself ...

Toy Pistol Local Governance in Hambantota Image courtesy Nidahasa The country woke up a few days ago to news that a group of opposition UNP MPs on a fact finding visit to the new airport and port in Hambanthota had come under attack from goon squads. Subsequently, photographs showed His Worship (the UPFA) Lord Mayor of Hambantota, Eraj Ravindra Fernando, chasing the UNP MPs with ...

Google Chrome Remote Desktop Image Sorce : Masahble Good News for all Android Users, Recently, Google added Remote Desktop, We can use our desktops or via our Smartphones it can be apple computer or windows or chrome books. but Smartphone app for now only supports with Android. Google team working with ios 7 for the app soon as possible, we can expect this app for us also. ...

Big Data: It should be about people and how it impacts their lives On the invitation of SciDev.net, I wrote earlier this year an article looking at Big Data from the perspective of someone who lives in a country post-war, but reeling from systemic conflict, human rights abuse and under an illiberal, authoritarian regime. The article was published in April on SciDev.net’s site, as part of an excellent collection of writing on ...

Big Data: It should be about people and how it impacts their lives On the invitation of SciDev.net, I wrote earlier this year an article looking at Big Data from the perspective of someone who lives in a country post-war, but reeling from systemic conflict, human rights abuse and under an illiberal, authoritarian regime. The article was published in April on SciDev.net’s site, as part of an excellent collection of writing on ...

It’s been a while since I updated this blog – nearly a year in fact. My previous post, in early July 2013 was around a presentation I made on digital archives at an exhibition in Colombo. Coincidentally, I am now preparing for another public talk on digital archives (Capturing the Ephemeral: Archiving our digital present), towards the end of this ...

It’s been a while since I updated this blog – nearly a year in fact. My previous post, in early July 2013 was around a presentation I made on digital archives at an exhibition in Colombo. Coincidentally, I am now preparing for another public talk on digital archives (Capturing the Ephemeral: Archiving our digital present), towards the end of this ...

Colombo’s changing cityscape Introduction Since the end of the war in 2009, reconstruction and development in Sri Lanka has centred primarily on rapid economic development (Bopage, 2010; Goodhand, 2011). This can be seen in the current drive to transform Colombo into a “world-class city”, as a “preferred destination for international business and tourism” (Secretary of Defence and Urban Development). The improvements can ...

WATER – A forgotten lifeline of Avurudu Today, is the traditional New Year of Sri Lanka (celebrated mainly by Sinhalese and Tamils – hence’ Aluth Avurudu’ as it called in Sinhala). Except for the song of the Koel – all the other Nature’s symbols of Avurudu including the crimson blossoms of Erabadu, ripen Kadju Puhulam, Olinda and Panchi games are now getting a rare sight. Likewise traditions related ...

Newly Proposed Law on Rape Can Do More Harm Because marrying her rapist is only way a victim can live down the shame and dishonour of being raped. As for the rapist, well, marrying his victim absolves him of committing a grave crime, of course? Read the article about it here- New Anti-rape Laws Proposed. Let me break it down and give you reasons as to why this ...

Generating Calamity, 2008-2014: An Overview of Tamil Nationalist Operations and Their Marvels Summarising previous essays (see bibliography below) this article proceeds in point-form with an eye on greater impact via succinctness. A. During the last phase of Eelam War IV in 2008/09 the LTTE attempted an international heist that is unprecedented in world history:[1] they used some 320,000 of their own people to manufacture a picture of an “impending humanitarian disaster” ...

Illusory Economy versus the Real Economy of Sri Lanka Editors note: Read the original article by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Forbes.com or as a PDF here. Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/REUTERS, courtesy the Curionimist. ### A Rejoinder to the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has penned a compelling article entitled “Practical, not Conventional, ...

Rescuing Patriotism from the Extremists Photo: Paula Bronstein for The Global Mail It is almost five years since the military victory of May 2009 brought an end to three decades of armed conflict. Yet, the prospects for securing a stable and inclusive peace in Sri Lanka appear bleak. The first victim of “peace” was the APRC. This long and important process for developing a ...

The Edge of Heaven More than anywhere else in Sri Lanka, on the Jaffna Peninsula, the sky seems to dominate everything as soon as you step out of the city or town, flattening all else down to a mere frame for its vastness. During the thirty-year civil war that ended in 2009, the now defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam only ever controlled ...

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