Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Senior Researcher

Yudhanjaya is a senior researcher with the Big Data team at LIRNEasia. He research interests include social networks, network theory, and linguistics. He is the co-founder of Watchdog, a fact-checking organization that sprung up in the wake of the April 2019 bombings in Sri Lanka. He is also a science-fiction author, a Nebula Award finalist with a five-book deal from HarperCollins. He built and operates @osunpoet, an experimental Instagram poet using OpenAI technology to test a human+AI collaboration in art.

Before joining LIRNEasia, Yudhanjaya worked at WSO2, overseeing business and technology case studies, and helped design and build the WSO2 Election Monitor, analyzing close to a million tweets a day around the 2016 US Election. Prior to that, he worked stints as a tech journalist, editor and game designer, running news operations and blogging about Sri Lankan politics and culture under the Icaruswept moniker.

Yudhanjaya blogs at Yudhanjaya.com, and has written for Slate, ForeignPolicy and more besides.


Posts by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

  • IOT As a Threat
    Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Much has been already written and debated about the 4th industrial revolution (4IR) and its far-reaching implications on virtually every dimension of human life...
  • The Mortal Coil
    Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Population growth isn’t simply new people entering the system [Core: FEEDING THE BEAST]...
  • Mekong Delta Blues
    Image by Quang Nguyen vinh from Pixabay The Mekong Delta Region is one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the world: it accounts for over half of Vietnam’s agricultural output and more than 90% of its export rice output, which in turn represents about 10% of the global rice market [Core: FEEDING THE BEAST]...
  • The Fight Against Fake News
    Image by Colin Behrens from Pixabay Ever since the term ‘fake news’ entered the popular vernacular around 2016, it has been a topic of much debate, even leading to changes in legislature...
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