Sanjana Hattotuwa Sri Lanka

Expertise: Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding

Sanjana Hattotuwa is an AshokaRotary World Peace and TED Fellow. In 2006 and till June 2020, Mr Hattotuwa curated the award-winning Groundviews, Sri Lanka's first civic media website. From 2002-2020, he was a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he pioneered the use of social media for activism and advocacy, as well as digital security training for human rights activists. Through the ICT4Peace Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, he helps strengthen information management during crises and programmes to address violent extremism online. For nearly a decade, this included leading the Foundation's work with the United Nations. Since 2008, he has worked in South Asia, South East Asia, North Africa, Europe and the Balkans to capture, disseminate and archive inconvenient truths in austere, violent contexts. Mr Hattotuwa is 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.