New Straits Times Online: Sri Lanka blocks some social media platforms after violent incidents

New Straits Times Online: Sri Lanka blocks some social media platforms after violent incidents. “The Sri Lankan government said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after violent incidents in the wake of Easter bombings by Islamist militants.”

The Verge: Blocking social networks after terrorist attacks can do more harm than good

The Verge: Blocking social networks after terrorist attacks can do more harm than good. “Imagine for a moment that you run a small country prone to outbreaks of sectarian violence. Terrorist attacks hit a series of churches and hotels in your country on a major religious holiday, prompting fears that violence will spread. Your citizens are using social networks to get in touch with their loved ones and you coordinate disaster response efforts — but they also appear to be using those same networks to plan further violence. It’s your job to bring the situation under control in a way that balance speech rights with safety. Do you leave Facebook online, or do you shut it off?”

Washington Post: Sri Lankan government blocks social media and imposes curfew following deadly blasts

Washington Post: Sri Lankan government blocks social media and imposes curfew following deadly blasts. “The Sri Lankan government blocked access to social media platforms on Sunday in the wake of explosions that killed more than 200 people on the holiest day of the Christian calendar. The blasts, which targeted churches during Easter Sunday services and luxury hotels, also prompted the government to impose an immediate nationwide curfew.”

ReadMe (Sri Lanka): The Population Registry is an ambitious goal of the e-Government

ReadMe (Sri Lanka): The Population Registry is an ambitious goal of the e-Government. “According to Ajith Perera – the recently appointed Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, there are ‘ambitious’ plans to bring the Government together under an e-Government. As per the minister, the first step towards this would be to create a population registry of all Sri Lankan citizens. Dubbed the “Mother of all databases”, this would contain all the information about the population of Sri Lanka. The database would be available for all Government ministries to share data. Of course this does present a massive security risk.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Just Met With Reps From Myanmar, The Philippines, And Sri Lanka To Discuss Its Global Misinformation Problem

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Just Met With Reps From Myanmar, The Philippines, And Sri Lanka To Discuss Its Global Misinformation Problem. “Facebook last week held a two-day meeting with academics, researchers, and civil society organizations from Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere to discuss misinformation and propaganda, three sources told BuzzFeed News.”

Cornell University: Online collection captures Sri Lankan village life

Cornell University: Online collection captures Sri Lankan village life. “‘Depicting the Sri Lankan Vernacular’ comprises more than 500 images and originates from the research of Bonnie MacDougall ’62, M.A. ’65, Ph.D. ’73, professor emerita in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. MacDougall’s work in Mimure, in the Knuckles mountains of Sri Lanka, spanned more than 50 years and her entire academic career.”

Inter Press Agency: Social Media – the New Testing Ground for Sri Lanka’s Freedom

Inter Press Agency: Social Media – the New Testing Ground for Sri Lanka’s Freedom. ” Journalists and media activists have cautioned against Sri Lanka’s newfound press freedom as the country heads to the polls in 2020. Separate incidents of hate-speech against a Muslim minority—and the subsequent shutdown of social media platforms—and the harassment of reporters critical of the country’s opposition have led some to believe that the changes in media independence could reverse.”