Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Senior Researcher

Yudhanjaya is a Senior Researcher on the Data, Algorithms, and Policy team at LIRNEasia. His 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. Before 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.