Sanjana Hattotuwa is a TED Fellow,using and advocating Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for over ten years to strengthen peace building, reconciliation, human rights and democratic governance. He set up and curates the award winning Ground views (www.groundviews.org), Sri Lanka’s first civic media website. Teaching new media literacy and web activism locally and internationally, he also works extensively on information management during crises, both sudden-onset and protracted.
Mobiles and ODR: Why We Should Care(03/12/13)
This chapter explores the importance of mobile smart phones. The mobile phone is to many in the world their first PC. Mobiles today are more capable than average PCs were a few years ago. They are more pervasive, affordable and utilitarian and revolutionizing both ODR and ADR.
Communicating for Peace(04/30/07)
Growing up in conflict does one of two things – it teaches you the limitations of violence to engender sustainable social change, or it compels you to enter the cycle of violence itself. Violence is often perceived to be an effective way to change the order of things. The internal logic of martyrdom and suicide terrorism may be inexplicable to those outside terrains of hopelessness, but easier to understand when juxtaposed against the backdrop of a perceived lack of alternatives and indoctrination.
Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), now often touted as a panacea for socio-economic development, fail to make any sense for those enmeshed in violent conflict. This is why I have proposed a deep and meaningful exploration into the way ICT can help engender peace and conflict transformation. I am interested in how (and indeed, if) democracy and peace can be strengthened in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Colombia, Timor Leste using ICT – how they could be made more resilient to the mercurial actions and policies of political leaders and non-state actors that often sow the seeds for more conflict, how they could give voice to the voiceless and marginalised, and how they can strengthen the participation of youth and empower women in reconciliation.