Friday, April 06, 2007

Building peace through citizen media: a blogger's call for action

Peace through citizen journalismI am sorry that my schedule won't allow me to attend the upcoming Fifth International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution which will be held in Liverpool, England, on April 19-20, 2007. I would have liked the opportunity to meet innovative thinker and agent for progressive change, Sanjana Hattotuwa, who will be among the speakers.

Fortunately for us, Sanjana does some of his best thinking out loud at his blog, ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT stands for information communications technology).

While much of Sanjana's efforts focus on Sri Lanka, his words and work have universal application. His writing speaks global truths. His most recent post exemplifies this: it is an impassioned and eloquent call for citizen journalism.

Anyone who cares about participatory democracy and a responsible media should listen closely.