An AshokaRotary World Peace and TED Fellow, I have since 2002 used, studied and advocated Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to strengthen peace, human rights & democratic governance.

I founded in 2006 and till June 2020 edited the award-winning Groundviews, Sri Lanka’s first civic media website. From 2002-2020 I was a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives. I pioneered both the use of social media for activism and online citizen journalism/civic media in my home country. Having introduced digital security training for human rights activists in 2010, I continue to advise civil society on digital hygiene, surveillance, privacy and secure communications to date.

I specialise in, advise and train on social media communications strategy, web-based activism, online advocacy and grounded social media research. My work experience over two-decades is domestic, regional and international.

Through the ICT4Peace Foundation and since 2006, I help strengthen information management during crises and work on countering violent extremism online. For nearly a decade, this included leading the Foundation’s work on these lines with the United Nations.

Since 2008, I have worked in South Asia, South East Asia, North Africa, Europe and the Balkans to capture, disseminate and archive inconvenient truths in austere, violent contexts.

I am currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand on the intersection of social media, political communication, violence generation and the realisation of Sri Lanka’s democratic potential.

Contact me at sanjanah {at} gmail {dot} com.