Flood Relief Sri Lanka 2017

Flood Relief Sri Lanka 2017

The rains that raged across Sri Lanka on the 28th of May 2017, started off massive floods as well as land and mudslides that forced over 500,000 people from their homes and took the lives of over 200 people. Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Ratnapura were the worst hit areas while smaller cities such as Akuressa, Baddegama and villages like Deniyaya were under considerable threat too. With the Bolgoda dam about to succumb to the huge water pressure the Panadura, Dehiwala areas were put on alert as well. Just as when…

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 24/04/2017

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 24/04/2017

Read our latest weekly update of what’s trending on social media in Sri Lanka and across the world This week our team wrote about: Our Blogs   Basic Internet Security :  A look at how you can keep online information safe and avoid the radar of hackers and various other entities that might be mining it.   What Went Viral in Sri Lanka? The Meethotamulla waste dump disaster The Meethotamulla waste dump collapsed recently destroying the lives of 246 families approximately who were unfortunate enough to live near enough. Among…

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…

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…

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…