PhD in Dunedin, New Zealand
An Ashoka, Rotary World Peace and TED Fellow, I have for over sixteen years explored and advocated the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to strengthen peace, reconciliation,human rights & democratic governance.
I founded and for eleven years curated the award winning Groundviews, Sri Lanka's first citizen journalism website.
I specialise in, advise and train on new media literacy, web activism, digital security and online advocacy in Sri Lanka and internationally. With the UN and other actors, through the ICT4Peace Foundation, I also work extensively on the advancement of information management during crises, both sudden-onset as well as protracted.
For well over a decade, I have trained digital security for activists and journalists in South Asia, South East Asia, Europe and the Balkans and focus on using a wide spectrum technology to capture, disseminate and archive vital stories in austere, violent human rights contexts.
I am currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand on social media and politics.