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Sanjana Hattotuwa

Citizen Journalist

SANJANASchooled at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Sanjana read English at the University of Delhi, India and as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, was awarded an Advanced Masters in Conflict Resolution and International Relations from the University of Queensland, Brisbane with a Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement.

He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives. Sanjana is a frequent commentator on journalism and new media in domestic and international fora. In addition to hosting a talk show on public television, he also lectured at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ) for a number of years, teaching journalists to use web, Internet and mobile technologies to strengthen professional, independent and investigative journalism. Sanjana is the founding editor and curates the entire media operations of Groundviews (www.groundviews.org), an award-winning web based civic media initiative.

Since 2006, Sanjana is a Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the Foundation, Sanjana works to further the use of ICTs in crisis information management and peacekeeping initiatives at the United Nations. As a Fellow of the Centre for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Sanjana has contributed to the praxis of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), focussing on mobile telephony’s utility in ethno-political conflict transformation.

In 2011, Sanjana was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded a TED Fellowship, two years after he was awarded a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation. Both awards recognise pioneering efforts to leverage web based citizen journalism and new media to bear witness to violence and strengthen democracy, human rights and a just peace.