Category Archives: Public information

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 #111: Science Journalism for Better Governance

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 13 June 2014 Years ago, as a young science journalist working for Asia Technology magazine of Hong Kong, I was shown around Pakistan’s space agency SUPARCO premises … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #84: Have Lankans Suspended Disbelief Permanently?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 22 September 2013 A dozen years ago, a leading tele-drama director and I had a friendly debate live on national TV Rupavahini’s breakfast show. He argued that … 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 #12: Of Tsunami Waves and Twitter Ripples…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 22 April 2012 To warn or not to warn — that was the question. On 11 April 2012, following a powerful undersea earthquake, government officials in … Continue reading

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