(photo courtesy of Business Times)
I was recently invited to be on SLASSCOM panel on “Impact of policies concerning the Internet on innovation and economic growth.” There were multiple topics discussed under the broader theme: content regulation, ITU/WCIT, Intermediary Liability Protection, Intellectual Property, and Open Data. Whilst time was too short to fully address each of these issues, hopefully this event encourages further discussion about these issues in Sri Lanka.
Whilst the press seemed to have taken some interest on my comments on ITU/ WCIT issues, one of the things that I highlighted was that Open Data initiatives could be started by the relatively non-controversial opening up of all the agricultural data that in contained in government agencies, ministries and institutes. The recently launched open data portal in India has about 3.5-4k data sets of which about a third are agriculture related. Not a bad example to follow.