Daniel Sinclair @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Not reading @danielsunread. Lurking behind likes and thinking about social media, communication, & China. Sep. 04, 2019 1 min read

The Rohingya persecution continues. Stateless persons, disappeared. "Bangladesh ordered telecommunications companies to stop selling SIM cards and shut down mobile phone services to almost one million Rohingya refugees living in sprawling refugee camps."  https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/bangladesh-bans-mobile-phone-access-rohingya-camps-190902194154637.html 

This will be something we will have to reconcile in the wake of Myanmar: "Seeking to limit their communication amongst themselves, with Bangladeshis and people abroad, will serve to push them towards negative coping habits be it crime, violence or extremism."

WhatsApp caste violence and the Rohingya genocide fueled by Facebook have stolen much of the attention. But it is in Sri Lanka where we see eerie predictions of the future. Sri Lanka was the leading indicator of what was to become — and remains that.  https://groundviews.org/2017/07/04/disinformation-in-sri-lanka-an-overview/ 

Muslims were brutally beaten in the streets. The government blackouts were unprecedented.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/technology/sri-lanka-facebook-shutdown.html 

They failed. The vacuum of digital separatism and anti-Muslim violence gave rise to ISIL, and the largest terror attack since 9/11. As the persecution of the Rohingya continues, it is this that sits on the other side of the vacuum.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/sri-lanka-bombings-latest-updates/2019/04/22/f2afe32a-6531-11e9-a698-2a8f808c9cfb_story.html 

The blackout toolkit isn't working. As Bangladesh encroaches on a persecution of their own, the pressure only grows for these stateless people. Those that latch onto persecution will.  https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/sri-lanka-blocked-social-media-to-stop-misinformation-about-the-easter-terror-attacks-but-it-didnt-work/ 


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