I founded and for eleven years curated the award winning Groundviews, Sri Lanka’s first citizen journalism website.
I specialise in, advise and train on new media literacy, web activism, digital security and online advocacy in Sri Lanka and internationally. With the UN and other actors, through the ICT4Peace Foundation, I also work extensively on the advancement of information management during crises, both sudden-onset as well as protracted.
For well over a decade, I have trained digital security for activists and journalists in South Asia, South East Asia, Europe and the Balkans and focus on using a wide spectrum technology to capture, disseminate and archive vital stories in austere, violent human rights contexts.
I am currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand on social media and politics.
- Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives and formerly Head of ICT and Peacebuilding at InfoShare.
- Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Founding Editor of Groundviews, Sri Lanka’s first and award winning civic media website launched in 2006.
- Technical Advisor to Vikalpa, the sister site of Groundviews operating in Sinhala and also to Maatram, the Tamil equivalent of Groundviews.
- Columnist at The Sunday Island newspaper.
- Visiting Faculty at the Department of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- Former lecturer at Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ) in new media.
- Former lecturer at the University of Lugano, Switzerland in Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management course.
- TED Fellow alumn
- Rotary World Peace Scholar, 2004 – 2005
- Ashoka Foundation News & Knowledge Fellow
Research on media and ICT4Peace
- Some of my academic writing and original research on media, peacebuilding and technology for peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) can be read here.
- My blog on ICT4Peace can be accessed here.
CV and bio
- For full CV and professional experience, click here.