Theocratic fascism in Sri Lanka Photo courtesy Today I’ve heard of home invasions but this is the first time I’ve watched a Ministry invasion. The country watched while the BBS swarmed into Rishad Bathiudeen’s Ministry in search of missing monk, to wit, Ven Watarekke Vijitha thero. Was the latter a suspect in a case of murder, rape, child molestation or even theft? Nope. His ...

Capturing the ephemeral: Archiving our digital present I was invited today by the American Centre in Colombo today to deliver a lecture on digital archives in general, from the perspective of a citizen archivist. The presentation looked at the ways information around contemporary events, issues and processes, in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, are being generated digitally and largely lost for posterity, raising the challenge of archiving ...

Yet another fleeting opportunity Photo courtesy Xinhua Anxiety dominates the post-Geneva political climate in Sri Lanka, the result of a heady mixture of different reasons, which sees the ruling regime pursuing short-sighted solutions in order to neutralise. March turned out to be an eventful month for Sri Lanka domestically and internationally, with the passage of the UNHRC resolution, the arrest and detention of ...

India truly is a place of incredible contrasts and it was strikingly noticeable to me on a recent visit there, which took me from the heart of glitzy Mumbai to dusty Nagpur. Both Mumbai and Nagpur are in the same state of Maharashtra, separated by a 1.5 hour plane ride or a 8-10 hour road […]

Right royal battle: The BBS vs. Bathiudeen Photo courtesy Colombo Gazette The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), a recent and chilling phenomena of Sri Lanka’s post war political landscape is locked in a battle with Minister Rishard Bathiudeen, leader of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC), a constituent party of the ruling UPFA. The Minister accuses the BBS of desecrating the Holy Koran, attacking Mosques and Muslims, ...

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 ...

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