Trump vs. everyone

Trump vs. everyone

A great example of how social media has changed politics is taking place in America with the battle over how Obama’s healthcare policies are to be changed under the new administration. President-elect Donald Trump is setting the stage for a potential clash with his fellow Republicans when it comes to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Many of his pronouncements in interviews and on Twitter are at odds with long-held Republican orthodoxy on health care. I’ve written before about how political parties have never being more vulnerable to…

Blurred Lines: Social Media Data Mining

Blurred Lines: Social Media Data Mining

“They are not being honest. Facebook is bundling a dozen different data companies to target an individual customer, and an individual should have access to that bundle as well.”  – Center for Digital Democracy.  It is no secret that third parties such as credit card companies and the government use social media networks such as Facebook to gather sensitive data about you.  When questioned recently about the non-transparency of their data collection practices Facebook went on record to say that “users can discern the use of third party data if they…

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media Update

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media Update

Here’s our weekly social media news update of what’s hot and happening in Sri Lanka and across the world. Our blogs This week our team wrote about: Jobs Vs. Volkswagen. The blog looks at how a communication crisis by the government in Sri Lanka was re-framed in terms of employment and various economic opportunities Social Media Data Mining. Our blog takes a look at, and tries to answer the most important questions, that rise when it comes to data-brokers and private information mining through social networks. What Went Viral in…

Jobs vs. Volkswagen

Jobs vs. Volkswagen

We wrote a post earlier about Sri Lankan Government communication during an intense news cycle last week. Having written on the use of framing in communication, I thought it worth pointing out recent and better executed government communication. Specifically, how economic developments were framed in terms of jobs and economic opportunities. This is particularly important as a number of media and social activists, in their eagerness for “gotcha journalism“, overstated the effect of finding out that Volkswagen was not involved in the Kuliyapitiya factory. This is not to deny that posts like this generate socialmedia…

Communication is not the same as communicating

Communication is not the same as communicating

The front page of the Daily Mirror was very interesting today, with a sequence of articles on statements and press conferences by various senior government figures. By our count, we’re looking at six different people communicating in five different ways about six different topics! With a controversy over the Volkswagen but not-Volkswagen factory opening, one would expect some form of response by the government. This could have even been by dismissing the issue as a relatively minor miscommunication  and focusing on the fact that a factory was being build that would provide manufacturing jobs. However, what…