A Panopticon state: We must not wait until they come for us On Tuesday last week (12th) I watched, at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute the screening of ‘Citizen Four’: A documentary film concerning systems analyst Edward Snowden and the information he leaked on the nature and scale of the NSA’s spying activities. In that documentary, director Laura Poitras records the manner in which she was first contacted by Snowdon via encrypted ...

Today is Independence Day! 43 years is a long time. Two, maybe three generations can pass through them. There are memories that come alive and others that do not, for reasons that are all too obvious. There are promises made and broken. That's normal. The life of a country, after all, is longer than 43 years, and while a lot can happen during that ...

* Foul play suspected in resignation of Commissioner of Bribery in Sri Lanka Sources close to the Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission of Sri Lanka say that the resignation of Commissioner Keerthi Wimalachandra may be aimed at disrupting the functioning of the Commission.Retired judge of the Court of Appeal Keerthi Wimalachandra resigned on May 15th citing personal reasons, the same day the Speaker of the parliament endorsed the 19th amendment.Under the 19th amendment, ...

Nefertem – Us, United It’s been a very long time since we’ve heard some quality new metal from the island and this fresh band from the Hill Capital seems more than a few months of promise. Their debut single is produced by Kasun Nawarathne, a senior artist / producer from the extreme metal scene and is from their debut Ep “All Hell Breaks Loose”which is yet ...

Apache Access Logs to MySQL Database Apache Access Logs Centralising Apache logs can be useful in many scenarios. Let’s get the basics 1st. So Apache logs can be defined as In order to effectively manage a web server, it is necessary to get feedback about the activity and performance of the server as well as any problems that may be occuring. The Apache HTTP Server provides ...

Poor first innings score puts SL A under pressure With play coming to an end on Day 3 in the 3rd unofficial Test Match in Dambulla, the visiting team Pakistan A have taken charge of proceedings with a massive first innings score of 580. The Sri Lankans were restricted to just 273 in their first innings with an outstanding bowling display. As the third day ended, the Sri Lankans ...

Street Photography: Seven Photos It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man ...

Although Myanmar’s Parliament had approved the imposition of a 5% commercial telecom tax on mobile phone top ups last year, the Government hadn’t previously enforced it due to the rapid sector expansion that occurred in the last 12 months. According to a press release from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), this exemption is to come to an ...

LIRNEasia Founding Chair, Professor Rohan Samarajiva’s comments that Sri Lanka should facilitate an open data culture were highlighted in a recent issue of the Sunday Times Sri Lanka (Business Times section).  These comments were made at a Business Times panel discussion on ICT innovation and awareness held on Wednesday 13th May at the newspaper office auditorium. The article notes Professor ...

Kashmi – A mobile payment platform developed in Sri Lanka to transform Singapore’s Market Singapore just got a taste of Sri Lanka, well Sri Lanka’s software to be more precise. Kashmi (pronounced Cash-Me) is a mobile peer-to-peer payment platform developed by a team of Sri Lankans for Singapore’s digital payment landscape. The application enables users to transfer money immediately with no costs incurred via their smartphone. The platform has already attracted the attention of ...

West Indies Women’s tour of Sri Lanka 2015 – T20 Squad Adhering to the 3-1 loss in the 4 match One Day International series, the selection committee had to re-think before finalizing the players for the shorter version of the game. Despite the fact that the West Indian women were a strong opponent, the Sri Lankans should have performed better, playing in home soil. Changes made to the T20 line up ...

Will she ever let me know what freedom feels like? Will she ever let me take my own decisions whenever I want? Will she ever let me live my life the way I want to live it? Will she ever let me work as late as I want to without worrying about her worrying me? Will she ever understand me ...

Sangakkara ton secures draw A draw was always in the cards as the rain kept pouring continuously during the first two days of the four-day test match at Northampton. With Day One being totally washed off, Northamptonshire only managed to score 107 for the loss of 2 wickets on Day 2. Northamptonshire gained a little momentum as Stephen Peters and Rob Newton consolidated the ...

I’m in Jaffna today for consultations around the World Bank’s SCD study, and I am reminded of a groundbreaking paper by Paul Collier et al. It was a unique joint report by the World Bank and UN Peace Keeping Operations . In it, the author’s argue that country’s that have faced a conflict in the past […]

Lamudi wants to become the leading property portal in the Philippines; Acquires MyProperty You may or may not have heard of Rocket Internet. They are a German internet company headquartered in Berlin that build and fund online startups. In addition, they also own shares in numerous companies such as Dafiti, Foodpanda and HelloFresh. They even have a presence here in Sri Lanka with Carmudi and Lamudi. Image taken from http://www.techinasia.com Speaking of Lamudi, ...

The dimensions of success and failure Eduardo Galeano is one of my favourite authors. He writes things that can be read over and over again. They are always fresh and they always offer new perspectives. ‘Walking words’ is one that I particular like. I’ve not read it ‘cover-to-cover’. Some books are not meant to be read like that. I read it random-page by random-page. Last night’s ...

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