The workaround that connected Sri Lanka to the Internet


Posted by on August 5, 2010  /  1 Comments

Workaround, a term that describes an improvisation when the optimal solution is not available, is a key element in LIRNEasia’s work. Not that we particularly like them, but it seems that workarounds are all there are in our region, because governments fail to provide the optimal solutions.

I was planning to write a short piece on the workaround that connected Sri Lanka first to email and then to the Internet back in the early 1990s based on a talk I gave at the .lk conference early July. But since the paper doesn’t look like it will get written right now and because I want to crowdsource the fact checking, I am posting the slides here: Dot LK . Comment/corrections welcome.

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  1. Very interesting information in the ppt. I was a kid when this all took place so nice to learn about the history of internet in sri lanka from someone who was there.