Rise of TikTok

Rise of TikTok

TikTok is a widely used and popular social media app. It allows users to create and share short-form mobile videos. These videos are usually around 15 seconds long, and the type of videos shared include lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. In creating their videos, users can choose from a wide array of songs, sound effects, and sound bites.   The Chinese-owned app brings together individuals from across the world, creating a sense of community and encouraging creative expression. Users can collaborate with others, for example,  through a duet with a fellow…

Sri Lankan Digital Journalism Through Social Media

Sri Lankan Digital Journalism Through Social Media

The rapid growth of social media usage across Sri Lanka in the last five years has had an impact not just one people’s daily life, but also on businesses and journalism in the country. These changes are explored in a research paper, titled, Social Media as a new trend in Sri Lankan digital Journalism: A Surveillance, in the  Asian Social Science Journal. “ The research study particularly examines the parallel growth in digital journalism, and also emphasizes  that the audience reach of social media is much higher than that of…

Top YouTube Channels in Sri Lanka

Top YouTube Channels in Sri Lanka

The number of YouTube users in Sri Lanka has continued to grow, and this week, we are bringing a roundup of the top 5 YouTube channels in the country.    TV Derana  With a total viewership of 1,054,923,092, TV Derana is in the lead at the moment, and  mostly features news and other programmes that are telecasted on the channel.    Handiworks  This Youtube channel has a total of 76.80M views and a subscriber base of 845.19K. The channel offers a variety of tips on hand embroidery, decoration, stitching, paper craft,…

Sri Lanka Budget 2019

Sri Lanka Budget 2019

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera presented the 2019 National Budget of Sri Lanka on the 05th of March. The budget is ‘aimed at growth powered by private enterprise and is determined to pursue a liberal outward oriented economy’. This budget was also reported as being an extension of the Enterprise Sri Lanka concept that was introduced previously in the Blue-Green Budget. Many aspects of this budget have been spoken about widely since they were announced. This includes the Home Sweet Home loan system allows young couples or those buying a house…

Are we secure on the internet?

Are we secure on the internet?

While information communication technologies and social media platforms have impacted businesses positively and helped people stay connected, concerns around online safe, improper use of data, and breach of privacy by technology giants have raised new questions. A recent example is the statement issued by Apple Inc which states that a software patch will be issued for a bug that allows iPhone users to hear audio from users who have not yet accepted their calls. Reuters had successfully replicated the bug and discovered that it allows an iPhone user making a…