GBV Forum policy dialogue 2014 The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) campaign is not merely a time to build global awareness and strengthen public support on actions taken to end GBV but it is also a time for policy makers to reiterate the processes and practices adopted to end to all forms of violence against women. An annual event during the ...

Shortcuts to becoming a Kolombian This was taken by Indy Samarajeewa in January 2012People are asking me about Kolombians. Not Kolombians – they generally approve and appreciate. Kolombians thank me for getting the word out, in giving them voice etc. It’s the non-Kolombians who ask the questions. That want to know how one becomes a Kolombian. Someone asked if there’s a Kolombian Handbook. Someone else ...

I was asked to participate in panel that posited a series of questionable propositions as its starting point. “Regulation was becoming less relevant; ITU had done a good job building regulatory capacity; now it needed to find new things to do” is a rough paraphrase. We have now fully emerged from an environment where service and carriage were tightly related, ...

I was asked to participate in panel that posited a series of questionable propositions as its starting point. “Regulation was becoming less relevant; ITU had done a good job building regulatory capacity; now it needed to find new things to do” is a rough paraphrase. So I had to say something useful while also challenging these propositions. I had been ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance by Equal Ground EQUAL GROUND, Sri Lanka’s only non-profit organization that strives to ensure equal rights for Sri Lanka’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender and other wider identities of Sri Lanka’s queer community, set aside the 10th of December 2014 to commemorate “Transgender Day of Remembrance” and International Human Rights Day at the Goethe Institute of Colombo to memorialize the lives of Transgenders lost ...

Much of what is discussed as “big data” does not include the poor, because smartphone penetration is still low, social media are not used by all classes and datafied records are rare in developing countries. Therefore, the session focused on research that has been/is being done on pseudonymized mobile network big data in developing countries. Instead the usual “battle of ...

In a packed session chaired by LIRNEasia’s Abu Saeed Khan, the next steps in improving international backhaul will be discussed. Affordable International Backhaul Monday, December 08, 2014, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Hospitality Lounge 7 Many countries around the world lack affordable backhaul and cross-border networks that enable local networks to connect to the wider internet. There is still insufficient ...

E-Ink Smartwatches, Tumblr’s Massive Growth and the Death of ClipArt It’s yet another day, and as usual, with great power comes great respo- er, wrong line. Nevermind. Basically: Tumblr is now the fastest-growing social media network according to the quarterly report from the Global Web Index. While Facebook’s stuck at 2% growth, Tumblr’s user base has grown by 120% in the last six months, surpassing Instagram and YouTube.Nevertheless, Facebook still is ...

Just a kiss You’re joking With half a straight face Peering into my eyes Holding on to my hand And I’m shaking my head So that’s your joke??? Laaaaame dude, I say But I can’t stop smiling You’re pointing at my face Hah!!!!! Seeee that was funny Noooo!!!!! Yeahhhhh!!!! I can hardly hear you now, and my cheeks are hurting I’m hanging ...

Drawing realistic portraits that stun you -  Interview with Shamen Walker From a distance, these images may look like black and white photographs and only a very close look will reveal that these are not photographs, but portraits neatly sketched using pencil. Using no colors, Shamen Walker’s steady hands are capable of preserving the liveliness of the portrait depicting the facial emotions giving priority to the finest details. Shamen, speaking to ...

Messaging made was never easy like this. This is first Oreilly video tutorial I followed. And I should mention that I am really happy about this tutorial. Before I watch this tutorial I had no idea about JMS. But in this tutorial Mark Richards explains Messaging concepts as well as JMS implementations. Most of the developer tutorials don't explain important ...

The GSMA Asia team had come to Colombo for their annual staff retreat. Amid all the team building activities, they also thought they should replenish the knowledge conduits and asked LIRNEasia to put together a few sessions. Many ideas were presented, but I thought it surprising that a collective organization of users of international backhaul capacity had paid so little ...

The launch of the Myanmar version of Information lives of the poor, a book featuring LIRNEasia research among others, is featured in the latest issue of the IDRC Asia Office newsletter. The Burmese edition of Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting Poverty With Technology was launched in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, in July 2014. Part of IDRC’s in_focus ...

The sound of folk song grows soft Recently, Visharad Wasantha Madurangani successfully staged her folk music concert at Viharamahadevi Open Theater celebrating 25 years in the field of music“Now I can die in peace. I have the feeling that I have done something for my country. That’s the most important achievement of Sanda Saawi Maa - Folk Song Concert,” Visharad Wasantha Madurangani said. She is a student ...

Most of my predictions for the 12 playoff contestants are spot on. I'm happy that most agree with these are the best right now. See my previous post "The Voice Winner Predictions before live playoffs"OK. Here's my predictions for the final 4 from each team and "The Voice" 2014 Season 7 ultimate winner. This may be too early for the ...

We put small white flowers into the coffin. I feel the room darken. Stoic aunties start sobbing. Two men in sarongs and high collared shirts appear and lift up the side flaps. The lid is shuffled out from near the toilet. Its ornamental screws are quickly tightened to soft crying in the background. Final punctuations […]

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