Category Archives: ICT

When Worlds Collide #114: Welcome to UPF – United Planet of Football!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 11 July 2014 Last time the FIFA World Cup was approaching its climax in mid July 2010, I did my bit for interstellar cooperation (or conquest). If … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #113: Outpacing Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean: Are we ready?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 4 July 2014 Timely warnings about on-coming disasters can literally save lives – provided the word reaches those at risk. And they know what to do, and … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #112: Social Media ‘Candles’ for Mainstream Media Blackouts

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 20 June 2014 What is the best way to manage public information in times of national crises – whether disasters, epidemics or conflict? All governments face this … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #101: Safely Riding the Social Media Dragon

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 29 March 2014 “We have to start asking not what is wrong with Facebook but what is wrong with our society?” Those words, by Dr Harini Amarasuriya, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #99: South Asia: In Search of Open Data

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 7 March 2014 “When you’re trying to reach a goal, data not only tells you if you’re succeeding, but it also suggests which activities you should do … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #95: Waiting for Sombath Somphone…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 15 December 2013 My friend Sombath Somphone has been a gentle, generous and soft-spoken man as long as I have known him, which is over 15 years. … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #88: Counting Digital Natives: Easier said than done!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 20 October 2013 Chamara Pahalawattage had just turned 18 when we met him in early 2009. By then, he was already into his sixth mobile phone. An … Continue reading

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