ICTA and SLASSCOM are hosting a forum on “The Future Outlook of International Electronic Transactions Law” today – that’s the 17th September 2014 – from 6.00 – 7.30 pm. at Dialog Future World Auditorium, Excel World.  According to SLASSCOM, the topic will be addressed by keynote speaker, João Ribeiro, Head of Regional Centre for Asia and Pacific, UNCITRAL. Ribeiro, a ...

If you wait for me then I’ll come for you Although I’ve traveled far I always hold a place for you in my heart If you think of me If you miss me once in awhile Then I’ll return to you I’ll return and fill that space in your heart Remembering Your touch Your kiss […]

IKEA has a wonderful new ad poking fun at Apple by marketing their print catalog in the same breathless style. It’s a charming take on the merits of a book (no charging required, high resolution photos, instant loading) and really quite smart advertising. That said, it’s also a bit ironic. Don’t you think? 75% of the product images in this ...

Battle Rap: Imaad Majeed VS Larry T Hill It all started when Larry T Hill was co-hosting the Yes Home Grown Top 15 with Yazmin Yousuf and I was called up for a phoner. I picked on his fashion sense and revealed to Sri Lanka his aptitude at ballet. He didn’t take kindly to the former, and personally challenged me to a battle rap. When it came ...

Last Thursday, I paid a visit to the YES studio in Pannipitiya. I had a great time co-hosting the YES Home Grown Top 15 with Yazmin Yousuf. If you missed it, you can listen to the show via the podcast below:

CPRsouth 2014, the first time the event is being run as a merged conference including both African and Asian participants, is about to start in Maropeng, South Africa. The theme of this year’s conference is “What works, why, and how do we know?” The theme reflects the focus being placed this year on systematic reviews. The pre-conference tutorials commence on ...

Keep Your Fingers Ready: Virtusa’s New Hackathon is Here As we often say here, Sri Lanka’s been at the receiving end of a series of hackathons lately. Barely a month goes by without a new hackathon breaking the silence. Initial hackathons were held mostly by developer communities: now we’re seeing a shift towards industry giants actively lending a hand and rolling their own shows. Both have had successes – ...

12th Installation Ceremony-Rotaract Clucb installation ceremony of Rtr.Nadeesha Katakumbura and his board was held on the 28th of The 12th August at the Auditorium of Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science. This event was organized by the Rotaract Club of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colombo Down Town. The chief guest for this occasion was the dean ...

Xiaomi unveils Redmi 1S; India’s Still Unhappy Xiaomi’s very new to the phone market. And, as far as Sri Lanka is concerned, they’re still more of a midrange novelty than a brand that your uncle would recognize. That’s not the case in India, where Xiaomi Mi 3s have been selling faster than hotcakes. In fact, since Xiaomi launched in India, six batches of 20,000 phones have disappeared ...

LIRNEasia invited to speak on big data @ IIT-Delhi Two weeks back I was invited to give a guest lecture by the Department of Management Studies at IIT Delhi. The topic of my lecture was based on our ongoing work in using mobile network big data for development in Sri Lanka. Attended by 60+ graduate students and faculty from various departments (Management, Economics and Computer Science), the lecture garnered a ...

Coolest Ride in Town Epic Ride Couple of weeks ago I visited San Diego for a brief vacation. On one day I went to the San Diego Zoo, which had rather impressive reviews everywhere but was a bit disappointed as it was nowhere near good as  they claimed to be. The next day, we headed for the SeaWorld San Diego, and this time I ...

WS208: Net Neutrality, Zero-Rating & Development: What’s the Data? – Wednesday, September 3 • 9:00am – 10:30am Link to Workshop page A roundtable to explore the arguments for and against “zero-rating,” which refers to the practice of offering free access to certain popular online services for customers of particular mobile networks. Several major service providers have entered into arrangements with ...

Setting the Scene Focus Session – Tuesday, September 2 • 11:00am – 12:30pm Sub-themes for IGF 2014 a) POLICIES ENABLING ACCESS Speaker: Rohan Samarajiva, LirneAsia, Sri Lanka Rohan will provide a bird’s eye view on progress and challenges in achieving affordable access for all. He will highlight controversial issues that came up in the last year, such as:  net ...

“Alibaba, the biggest eStore in China, has more total gross value of merchandise stockpiled than the entirety of Amazon in the US. So they thought: why don’t we have a sale? Now, China has a large population that is single – simply because nowadays, one of the “unofficial” requirements to be a partner is to have money and land – ...

“Alibaba, the biggest eStore in China, has more total gross value of merchandise stockpiled than the entirety of Amazon in the US. So they thought: why don’t we have a sale? Now, China has a large population that is single – simply because nowadays, one of the “unofficial” requirements to be a partner is to have money and land – ...

“Technology in itself is neutral. Science is neutral. But historically, technology has been used by those in power to remain in power. The point I’m maling is, ICT has its good sides and bad sides. We have this rhetoric from the World Bank saying that if you invest in broadband, your GDP will go up. I hope you don’t believe ...

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