Sanjana Hattotuwa

PhD candidate in Dunedin, New Zealand

Sanjana Hattotuwa

PhD candidate in Dunedin, New Zealand

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An Ashoka, Rotary World Peace and TED Fellow, I have since 2002 used, studied and advocated Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to strengthen peace, human rights & democratic governance.

I founded in 2006 and till June 2020 edited the award-winning Groundviews, Sri Lanka's first civic media website. From 2002-2020 I was a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives. I pioneered both the use of social media for activism and online citizen journalism/civic media in my home country. Having introduced digital security training for human rights activists in 2010, I continue to advise civil society on digital hygiene, surveillance, privacy and secure communications to date.

I specialise in, advise and train on social media communications strategy, web-based activism, online advocacy and grounded social media research. My work experience over two-decades is domestic, regional and international.

Through the ICT4Peace Foundation and since 2006, I help strengthen information management during crises and work on countering violent extremism online. For nearly a decade, this included leading the Foundation's work on these lines with the United Nations.

Since 2008, I have worked in South Asia, South East Asia, North Africa, Europe and the Balkans to capture, disseminate and archive inconvenient truths in austere, violent contexts.

I am currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand on the intersection of social media, political communication, violence generation and the realisation of Sri Lanka's democratic potential.

  • Work
    • PhD canditate
  • Education
    • University of Delhi
    • University of Queensland
    • University of Otago