Social media becoming global disruptive force

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DM-1-13 By Darshana Sanjeewa  

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that the technology-driven new media including social media is a source of non-traditional threat and becoming a global disruptive force.  


“The new media including social media sites such as facebook, twitter and other websites are becoming global disruptive forces. We have seen the potential of this new media to de-stabilise nations and affect series of changes,” he said.  

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe as the chief guest of the Colombo Defence Seminar organized by the Sri Lanka Army, delivered the keynote speech during the inaugural session held at the BMICH.  

He underlined the need to continue intellectual interaction of this nature to resolve and identify global issues of defence relevance.  

“The nature of warfare are shifting from physical to online, or into the increased use of computers electromagnetism and artificial intelligence in commercial, economic, military and all other cutting-edge activities,” the Prime Minister said.  


New mechanism, both civil and military need to be created

He said it is essential to apply best practice approach to reduce national vulnerabilities immediate and to develop robust cyber security system to prevent the disruption by attackers with collaboration of all nations.  

Speaking on effect to the environment and climate change on the human life, the Prime Minister said that it is a significant factor which need a global attention.  

“New mechanism, both civil and military need to be created. Global security needs a global response. Global security challenges emanate from ongoing conflict and threats which may be man- made or due to natural disasters. We as a state need to be prepared for both. States need to cooperate by sharing intelligence, training and knowledges,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.  

The Prime Minister said working relationship among security stake holders, locally and internationally are the keys to success in meeting future security challenges.  



Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake in his welcome speech said that this broadened discourse focused on scope of security and its challenges would certainly generate a forum that would stimulate critical thinking and geo-strategic security matters.  

The Colombo Defence Seminar Organized by the Sri Lanka Army for the eight consecutive time with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, President’s Secretary Udaya Seneviratne and Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake, Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne Foreign Ministry Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Air Force Commander Kapila Jayampathy and IGP Pujith Jayasundara.  

Minister of Defence in Rwanda, General James Kabarebe, High Commissioners, Diplomats, Foreign Envoys, Governors, retired Army Chiefs, Secretaries, Senior Officers, retired Senior Officers and a galaxy of scholars and defence partners attended the seminar. 


Pic by Kithsiri de Mel