internet

The ripple effects of writing

When I was a child, I wanted to be an author. Unfortunately, my father, who was a smart man, took me aside and said to me, “Son, you might enjoy reading, but you’re never going to make money writing.” Now, years later, I’ve proven him wrong, but he had a point. The world was changing. This was the 90s: in the course of the next two decades, cell phones invade… Read More »The ripple effects of writing

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)

Our Facebook newsfeeds can be better than RSS readers ever were

Like many others, I used to get up in the morning and check my RSS feeds. It didn’t matter where these feeds were. I always had them on call. Now I get up in the morning and check my Facebook. And there we are: the daily dose of politics, courtesy of NYT, Al-Jazeera, the Daily Mirror, Colombo Telegraph. The best of Techcrunch and Wired. A dose of the Anti-Media. A… Read More »Our Facebook newsfeeds can be better than RSS readers ever were

ICTA’s Bullshit

Is there anyone from Google out there? Anyone? Good. If there is, know that you – and the company you work for – are now part of Sri Lanka’s many political campaigns. Let me explain. I’m looking at a copy of the DailyFT. On the front page is a photo of Muhunthan Canagey shaking hands with Mike Cassidy, VP at Google at head of Project Loon. “Sri Lanka creates universal… Read More »ICTA’s Bullshit