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Presentation made at a National Conference on Media Self-Regulation organised by the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) in Colombo on 7 Sep 2011. I was one of two speakers during their session on online media, which was unfortunately titled 'The Internet: A License to Slander'. It showed a complete lack of understanding of the new and online media by the organisers who are a group of very traditional print media editors and publishers.
I also wasn’t impressed by the quality of moderation or discussion. A quick show of hands in the 50+ audience revealed there were half a dozen regular bloggers (including myself) and just two regular tweeters (including myself) among us. It wasn’t the right mix to discuss this topic – but then, serious online journalists and activists have better things to do than attend this kind of offline gatherings!