Contributors of ARTRA Magazine E16 We would like to thank Rocio Martin Ruiz-Jarabo, Tuan Shehan, Meg Barber and Nifraz Rifaz for their contribution towards the ARTRA Magazine E16. To read ARTRA Magazine Feb / March E16, purchase a copy at Barefoot, Odel, Gandhara and Sarasavi Bookshops. Or purchase on, iTunes – www.itunes.apple.com/us/app/artra Google Play – www.play.google.com/store/apps/magmakeredition.artra Amazon Kindle – www.amazon.co.uk/magMaker-Editions-LLC-Artra The post Contributors of ARTRA Magazine E16 appeared first on ARTRA ...

LIRNEasia research at RightsCon, Manila LIRNEasia research fellow and board member of the Internet Society PH chapter, Grace Mirandilla-Santos participated in a roundtable discussion on the “Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right” organized by Democracy.net.ph (Philippines) and the Digital Empowerment Foundation (India). Her talk mentioned LIRNEasia’s broadband QoSE study and how its results have been used to inform policymaking and regulation in PH. This ...

My closest relationship in life seems to be with my phone. I wake up to it and sleep with it too. Not a second goes by without it being with me and then occasionally I do keep a distance from it just to do other things and take a break. Issey Miyake’s Florale perfume is simply amazing but why does ...

Election monitoring in austere contexts using ICTs The following note was penned to the co-ordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), who asked me to go into some detail around the information security, gathering, archival and dissemination strategies I conceptualised and deployed around the historic Presidential Eleection in Sri Lanka, held on 8th January 2015. CMEV’s information operations are a template for the monitoring of ...

Wild horizon Wild horizon ROYSTON REPORTS, Number 248 Sunday 29 March 2015. Welcome to readers around the world to this insight into life in Serendipity. Wild Horizon A shout from Kumara to come quickly while I was working made me guess he had seen yet another snake in the garden. “Bring the camera,” he shouted. It wasn’t a snake but Sri Lanka’s ...

When we’re sad, or in pain, we can always find a way to convey it….through words or actions. Today was the first time I saw one of the completely autistic kids in pain. He’s about 4 or 5 yrs old. He does not speak, nor does he understand anything. He needs to keep munching on biscuits all the time and ...

Much of our work on infrastructure policy and regulation deals with safeguards for investment. Uncertainty around investments is reduced when international arbitration is permitted. With many governments from the developed-market economies, the US government has been a strong supporter of international arbitration. But when it looks like these safeguards apply to their own country, they are unhappy. “This is really ...

“Miss you in a heartbeat” A few notes and I am owned by the song. I go back in time, a few months a few weeks, a few days. “I miss you in a heartbeat” the chorus goes on, and I think of you. I never do much, but then I do at times. I am weird like that. And you know that. So are ...

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) held their very first stakeholder forum in Asia today, in Yangon, Myanmar. The forum was richly attended by Government, Civil Society, Mobile Service Providers, Media and Researchers. LIRNEasia was also invited to attend, as an important player in Myanmar’s ICT area. The forum was graced briefly by the Hon. Deputy Minister of Communication and ...

That was your final. NZ, SA that…was your final. What an amazing game of cricket, and what a shame they are so few and far between. I’m enough of a cricket fan to be actually happy Sri Lanka didn’t sneak through to that semi final, because the fare that would have been dished out would have made me cry. There’s ...

Fell down – I did. Actually crashed and burned – completely. You said I was immature – little realizing the hurt- disappointment and loneliness Which followed after our happily ever after – went sour. But then again with time – I realized that Karma hit hard For all those times I hurt – I was hurt Intentionally or unintentionally – ...

People have asked me if I regret voting for this government given all their cock-ups, missteps and backwards assignations. Well, no. That annoying noise you hear is democracy. Under Mahinda things were dreadful quiet, mafia quiet. This is better. That said, man, these guys are messing up. The difference is that our complaints actually make a difference, which is great. ...

Myanmar; no longer left behind Myanmar is called the last greenfield of telecommunications. There is a great deal of interest in the country, which has one of the lowest rates of mobile phone penetrations in the world. Yet with two private mobile phone giants entering the market in 2014, the commodity has become as commonplace here as it is anywhere else in the world. Earlier ...

LIRNEasia has been invited in the past to comment and make suggestions on how to enhance the Alliance for Affordable Internet’s (A4AI) Affordability Index. Our latest contributions were made in preparation to the recent launch of the report that took place at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress. Affordability is essentially an object measure of the cost of a good or ...

invictusrilankan: ;-) Originally posted on BEBUSY NEWS: COLOMBO – In another shocking statement, the International Cricket Committee announced yesterday at a press briefing that the 4 back-to-back ODI Centuries scored by the Sri Lanka’s Star Batsman Kumar Sangakkara during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup will not be treated as a legitimate record. According to trusted BBN sources, this shocking statement is believed ...

Raise Your Black Caps Martin Guptill. What the hell dude? Who does that? 237 not out with a six onto the roof. I mean, seriously. The guy who could barely score a run against Sri Lanka finally turns the corner. I hope his return to form enables NZ to win a World Cup. They’ve deserved it, after being strong contenders ...

(This was written as a Facebook status on the occasion of Sri Lanka's Independence Day 2015, a manifestation of something I had been doodling for a while and had become what you will read below)The future of our nation lies in our hands.If someone were to ask me what is the most impassioned and complicated relationship I have in my ...

Pain that has changed me… Love that has kept me alive… Mistakes I have learnt from… Fear that drives me mad… Doubts that linger on in my mind… Hope that makes me expect the unexpected… Happiness that makes each day meaningful… Smiles that are genuine… Frowns I try to erase… Effort I put into helping others… Mysteries that everyone might ...

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