Politics | Icaruswept

Whatever political thought I have left. Warning: may not be to your tastes.

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)

How Should We Celebrate Victory Day?

Some time ago, the Colombo Telegraph published an article titled “No Wise Country Celebrates Victory After a Civil War” by the NPC. The NPC here is not the Northern Provincial Council that’s trying to split the country again, but the National Peace Council. Despite the rather stupid stab at describing American celebrations, that article raised a few very important points: In Sri Lanka, the political leadership indulged and continues to… Read More »How Should We Celebrate Victory Day?

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