Monday, December 11, 2017 09:57:56 PM

Sri Lanka’s Digital Future to Take Centre Stage At Global Voices Summit

By Groundviews - Sun Nov 26, 11:15 pm

Featured image courtesy Amila Tennakoon/Global Voices

The international citizen media network, Global Voices, will be holding their biennial Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka on December 2-3, 2017. The event will take place at TRACE Expert City in Maradana, and will feature debates, discussions and workshops with independent journalists, digital media experts and online activism communities from around the world.

The event will open with an exploration of the future of digital conversations in Sri Lanka, and continue with contributions from speakers including State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne, LIRNE Asia Executive Director Helani Galpaya, and MIT Center for Civic Media Director Ethan Zuckerman.

Panel discussions will focus on some of the most pressing issues lying at the intersection of independent media work and the open internet, such as online freedom of speech, inequalities in the digital technology ecosystem, and public accountability in post-conflict societies.

“Hosting the Global Voices Summit in Sri Lanka is significant,” said Sanjana Hattutowa, founder and editor of Groundviews, Global Voices’ local organising partner for the event. “The featured conversations and issues covered hold deep relevance for our country’s tryst with the fullest realisation of our democratic potential post-war, and warns us against the rollback of the freedom of speech….

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