A video interview with Rohan Samarajiva, Executive Director of Lirneasia and former Director General of Sri Lanka Telecom on telecoms regulations, disaster mitigation, preparedness and early warning, mobile phone usage at the B.O.P and a number of other technology related issues pertinent to Sri Lanka.
A post on Lirneasia prompted some thought on the linkages between Net Neutrality and peacebuilding, especially the use of the web and Internet for conflict transformation. Lirneasia's post deals with Obama's and McCain's stance on the issue of Net Neutrality, with Chanuka making the point that while theoretically desirable, Net Neutrality has its own significant … Continue reading Net Neutrality: Economics and implications for ICT4Peace and ODR
Not the country, but the programme created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As the EFF website notes, Developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Switzerland is an open source software tool for testing the integrity of data communications over networks, ISPs and firewalls. It will spot IP packets which are forged or modified between clients, inform … Continue reading Keep tabs on your ISP’s quality of service through Switzerland
I was invited by Lirneasia to a presentation on Sahana's new SMS module yesterday. Lara's live blogging of the event is available here. The module works well and looks nice and is particularly well suited for sending early warning messages to the disaster response network of Sarvodaya around Sri Lanka (there's an acronym for this … Continue reading Sahana SMS Module – Thoughts and suggestions
There is a delightful comment by a "Customs Official" on Lirneasia's blog today that may, tragically, not be far from the truth as Rohan alludes to earlier in the thread. Censorship is growing in Sri Lanka. It's good to sometimes laugh about it since it helps to countenance a more stark reality.
Lirneasia's come out with preliminary test results of the Quality of Service of three of the most widely used broadband packages in Sri Lanka, SLT Office (2 Mbps / 512 kbps), SLT Home (512 kbps / 128 kbps) and Dialog (2 Mbps / 512 kbps). (With Dialog, I'm not sure what exactly they tested (Dynamic … Continue reading The State of “Broadband” in Sri Lanka – Take 1
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
That's a photo of where I get my SLT ADSL from. It chokes. It splutters. It dies. But just when I was about to write this post and in the background decided to download a Top Gear episode, it magically just sprang to life. 219Kb/s sustained for 20 minutes. Phew. It's not the first time … Continue reading “Broadband” in Sri Lanka – Where the gremlins reside
ICT for Disaster Management, written by Chanuka Wattegama, follows the excellent tradition of e-primers published by the Asia Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP). In sum, as with all e-primers, this is an extremely useful publication for the non-expert to grasp the potential of and challenges to the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in … Continue reading ICT for Disaster Management: Thoughts on the APDIP e-primer by Chanuka Wattegama