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Saturday, December 2 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The Future of Digital Conversations in Sri Lanka

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Journalism, politics, and activism in the physical world is now inextricably entwined with digital equivalents around the world. Media outlets, government institutions, religious leaders and influencers all use social media to broadcast information and to engage audiences in conversations. These conversations aren’t always inclusive, they can be polarizing and some groups can be silenced with bullying and harassment. The situation is no different in Sri Lanka. In a country that is still healing from a brutal war that ended eight years ago, there are lessons to be learnt about platforms and spaces where Sri Lankans have successfully or unsuccessfully engaged in difficult and inclusive conversations.

With an all-star panel of Sri Lankan media professionals and thinkers, we’ll explore the opportunities and risks around the present and future of the conversational landscape in a country that is post-war, but not yet post-conflict. We’ll also discuss how millennials organize to see their digital conversations convert to real life policies in Sri Lanka. And we’ll hear about the most exciting new voices, platforms and conversations that might have an impact on Sri Lanka’s democratic future.

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Nalaka Gunawardene

Freelance science writer
Born in another century in a country that didn't have a single computer at the time, and three years older than the Internet, I'm a digital immigrant who is still trying to make sense of all things digital. I think, speak and write about how digital transformation is impacting Sri... Read More →
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Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Researcher, LIRNEASIA
Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is the Nebula Award-nominated author of Numbercaste, The Inhuman Race, and several other stories. He works as a researcher with the Data, Algorithms and Policy team at LIRNEasia, a think tank working across the Global South; he also cofounded Watchdog Sri Lanka... Read More →

Saturday December 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am GMT+0530
Main Stage TRACE Expert City