A one and half day course was offered by LIRNEasia in collaboration with Myanmar ICT Development Organization (MIDO), for members of the Parliament of Myanmar. This training was organized with the support from the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) and Department for International Development (DfID) at the Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon on 26-27th July 2014.
Eighteen members of Parliament from six different political parties, including the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and the opposition National League for Democracy, actively participated in the training and asked for followup training at the end of the course.
The course sought to give an overview of the significance of ICTs, how poor Myanmar micro-entrepreneurs use ICTs (based on recent demand side research conducted by LIRNEasia), the distinction between legislation and policies and the practical aspects of how social media can be used in government interactions with the people.
More photographs can be found here.
The Course report including syllabus and course evaluations can be access 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