“Parliament makes a vital contribution to democracy at many levels simultaneously. Within the institutions of government, it is the representative body through which the will of the people finds expression, in which their diversity is manifested, and in which the differences between them are debated and negotiated. At its best, parliament embodies the distinctive democratic … Continue reading Constitutional reforms conducted in the dark: The failure of e-gov in Sri Lanka
Developing Telecoms has a very interesting story on how in Bangladesh, mobiles are being used by the BBC to teach English. Mobile users in Bangladesh have accessed more than 1 million English lessons using a new service, BBC Janala (‘Window’), which is promising to transform the way people learn language through m-technology in the developing … Continue reading Using mobiles to teach English
Anticorruptsl.com, a website of indeterminable origin, has a damning expose of significant corruption and nepotism in the operations of Sri Lanka's Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA). The article, which is in Sinhala, points to nepotism in the award of key contracts and huge anomalies in pricing and procurement. Four key examples noted in this … Continue reading Nepotism and significant corruption in Sri Lanka’s ICT Agency (ICTA)?
Never mind that the Chief Operating Officer of ICTA Reshan Dewapura and our President don't see eye to eye when it comes to IT literacy rates in Sri Lanka. For the President, our IT literacy rate is 23%, whereas for Reshan it's 16%. IT literacy as some have pointed out is a politically dependent variable. … Continue reading ICTA’s E-Sri Lanka music video and the Year of English
An article on the future of e-government from the US proclaims that Web 2.0 will "transform service delivery, make smarter policies, flatten silos and, most importantly, reinvigorate democracy" and facilitate a shift "from monolithic government agencies to pluralistic, networked governance Webs that fuse the knowledge, skills and resources of the masses." Phew! There are undoubtably great examples … Continue reading E-Government vs. E-Governance in Sri Lanka – A place for Web 2.0 and mobiles?
There's an interesting debate on about the merits of blogging in Sinhala, brought about by Apramana's Sinhala Blog Marathon. The two central issues of contention are whether blogs in Sinhala capture enough of an audience to be monetised and whether UNICODE is a viable means of writing and reading content in Sinhala online. The former … Continue reading Blogging in UNICODE Sinhala in Sri Lanka
I watched the brilliant Michael Clayton yesterday, a movie with a tagline that's deeply resonant in Sri Lanka. The obnoxious Sri Lankan President and his government, over the course of 2007 and particularly this year, has censored media and communications in Sri Lanka violently and with complete impunity, adjusting the "Truth" as they see it … Continue reading “The Truth Can Be Adjusted” – Communications and media censorship in Sri Lanka