Eighteen members of Parliament from six different political parties, including the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and the opposition National League for Democracy, assembled before start time this past weekend for an ICT awareness program organized by the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) where LIRNEasia supplied the content. They then stayed engaged throughout, asked many questions and asked for more.
This was a unique experience that, in our view, bodes well for the country. The harmonious interactions among politicians from different parties were impressive. But even more was the genuine interest in learning about the changes that were coming to their country. We at LIRNEasia plan to be fully responsive to any requests that come from our hard-working colleagues at MIDO as they strive to enhance the quality of public discourse in their country.
More photographs can be found here.
The slides presented are below
What is the significance of ICTs to legislators?_– Rohan Samarajiva
Legislation, policies, plans, strategies, regulation – Rohan Samarajiva
Modalities of making and implementing ICT policy – Rohan Samarajiva and Helani Galpaya
What is independent regulation? Why is it needed for sector growth – Rohan Samarajiva
Regulation of Online Speech – Nay Phone Latt
Hope in the heart and money in the pocket – Rohan Samarajiva
How to think about Internet Policy – Sunil Abraham; counter point by Charitha Herath