Icaruswept

Islamism. Catholicism. Buddhism. Terrorist Apologism.

by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne In Nice, a man driving a bomb-laden truck killed some 84 people. In the wake of the Nice bomb, many people stood up and said: “The Nice bomber drank alcohol. He ate pork. He never went to mosque. He was not a Muslim. He was not one of us. Islam is a religion of peace.” This is the same chant that goes up in the wake of every… Read More »Islamism. Catholicism. Buddhism. Terrorist Apologism.

The Seven Companies That Really Own the Internet (2015)

by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne This article was originally written as a paper following the 2014 CPRSouth Conference. However, work and procrastination set in, and after half a year of just sitting on it (I completed this in December 2015) I decided to upload it here in  the format I know best – a blog.  Scroll down past the introduction and the method if you want to skip the process of how I… Read More »The Seven Companies That Really Own the Internet (2015)

On the Election Trail with Big Data: New York Doesn’t Like Cruz

Context: As an outsider and a bit of a data geek, I’ve been tracking the US Election campaigns with interest. My tools are slightly different for this: I’m using the Election Monitor, a Twitter  analytics engine we at WSO2 built as a big data experiment, and it’s tracking everything happening around the US Election live.  A lot of things just happened. The Panama Papers hit the wires, and despite the… Read More »On the Election Trail with Big Data: New York Doesn’t Like Cruz

Meet The Lawyers Who Won The Fight For Kuliyapitiya – and all children with HIV/Aids

Some days ago, a boy was denied access to an education on the suspicion that he had HIV/Aids.  It seemed the entire Sri Lankan rose up in protest over his plight – and over the retarded comments of the Education Minister, who tried to make a case for separating the child from his mother. And what did we do? Nothing, of course. Three people, however, carried on the fight. Kamani… Read More »Meet The Lawyers Who Won The Fight For Kuliyapitiya – and all children with HIV/Aids

#OCCUPYTHESQUARE: Holding Hands, the Aftermath

On Sunday, the 6th of March, about a hundred people sat down at the hall in the middle of Independence Square. Despite it going ham on social media (there were definitely a couple of thousand more Facebook commentators than actual protestors), the aftermath seems to be fairly muddled and open for debate. Here’s what happened. A bunch of people sat down by 4. The guards skulked in a corner. Newspapermen… Read More »#OCCUPYTHESQUARE: Holding Hands, the Aftermath