Category Archives: Media freedom

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 #110: Saluting unknown ‘Tank Man’ 25 Years Later

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 6 June 2014 This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Chinese government’s brutal crackdown on protesting students at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. In our media saturated world, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #72: Open Science and Closed Societies: Can it work?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 30 June 2013 “Let us drink to the success of our hopeless endeavour,” was a favourite toast of old Soviet dissidents. As things turned out, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #69: Public Trust in Times of Global Pandemics

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 2 June 2013 How should we respond to a rapidly spreading infectious disease like a particularly virulent form of influenza? What precautions are essential to … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #54: What If Upali Wijewardene Didn’t Disappear..?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 17 February 2013 Growing up in a very different Sri Lanka during the 1970s and 1980s, I used to have a recurrent dream. A daring press … Continue reading

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