Tahani Iqbal


Please continue discussion from Software Issues in Sri Lanka Part 7, on this thread. This thread is devoted to diverse software issues discussed in the context of Sri Lanka. Please stick to the topic and keep the discussion civil. Previous discussion is archived in the following threads: Standardizing Sinhala for IT Part6 Standardizing Sinhala for IT Part 5 Standardizing Sinhala for IT Part 4 Standardizing Sinhala for IT Part 3 Standardizing Sinhala for IT Part 2 Questioning ICT Myths
Rohan Samarajiva and Helani Galpaya discuss how research can influence the policy process. We are an evidence-based policy organization. We work around: Inputs (money, people, etc etc) Outputs (reports, training courses, etc) Outcomes (positive changes in the policy process) IDRC: Putting money into research organizations which produce knowledge produces development. Not just putting money into ICTs. Ways that research can affect policy: 1.
Dr. Harsha de Silva participated in the LIRNE.NET and WDR expert meeting entitled “Wireless Opportunities and Solutions: A Regulatory Perspective” held in Montevideo, Uruguay during 7-9 March 2007. He made a presentation during the first session entitled “Getting a clearer picture: Demand side ICT data collection”, sharing with the audience some of the findings and the methodology used in LIRNEasia’s recently completed research on teleuse@BOP. During the discussion sessions and on the sidelines of the conference he engaged substantially with the DIRSI researchers planning to replicate the Asian study in Latin America.
LIRNEasia, in association with the TeNeT Group and RTBI of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, is organizing the second CPRsouth conference, in Chennai, India from December 15-17, 2007. The conference aims to provide a forum for senior, junior and mid-career scholars to meet face-to-face and exchange ideas, establish networking opportunities and improve the quality of their scholarly work, in order to facilitate the long-term objective of fostering the next generation of active scholars and in-situ experts capable of contributing to ICT policy and regulatory reform in the region. Please check the Call for Abstracts and Young Scholar Awards to see how you may participate in this event and join an emerging community of scholars committed to improving the lives of people in Asia through information and communication technology. Visit the CPRsouth2 conference page for more information.
This colloquium will be on a new paper that is being developed on tools for intelligent benchmark regulation, based on Harsha de Silva and Tahani Iqbal’s presentation on Price & Affordability Indicators at the WDR Expert Forum in Singapore. The tools under consideration are price baskets and price elasticity of demand.
LIRNEasia‘s community involvement project – 3R (reduce-reuse-recycle) will present a Bharata Natyam Recital by Rasika Khanna, on Friday, March 30, 2007, from 7:15-9:15pm at the British School of Colombo Auditorium, 63, Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 8. Garbage dumping and littering are serious problems for all of us. There are various efforts to apply 3R but there is no concerted effort to disseminate information, educate the public, and advocate reasonable policies. The 3R initiative will begin with a newsletter that gives practical tips on 3R for businesses and individuals and later go on to rate municipalities and businesses for their 3R. We also hope to work with municipalities and government agencies to come up with reasonable 3R policies.
Based on feedback received from participants at CPRsouth in Manila and the WDR Expert Forum in Singapore on the Telecom Regulatory Environment (TRE) assessment conducted in six countries in South and South-East Asia in 2006 (India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand) we have decided to refine the methodology. Dimuthu Ratnadiwakara and Shamistra Soysa, new additions to LIRNEasia‘s team in Colombo present the preliminary results from the adjusted methodology.
The WDR Expert Forum, held in association with the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), took place at the Changi Village Hotel, Singapore from March 2-3, 2007. The Forum focused on ICT sector and regulatory performance indicators and discussed the issues that NRAs and NSOs face with regards to data collection and definitions. The presentations made are available for download below: March 2, 2007 1. Introduction Rohan Samarajiva | Download Speech 2. Overview of Regulatory Performance in Six South & South East Asian Countries: TRE Methodology and Results Rohan Samarajiva | Download Presentation 3.
The World Dialogue on Regulation (WDR) Expert Forum on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector and Regulatory Performance Indicators will be held from March 2-3, 2007 at the Changi Village Hotel, Singapore. The event is organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), in partnership with LIRNEasia and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The forum will bring together National Regulatory Agencies (NRAs), National Statistical Organizations (NSOs) and leading operators from the SAARC and ASEAN countries, and will focus on assessing telecommunications regulatory performance and establishing a sustainable system for measuring and benchmarking ICT sector indicators in developing Asia. For more information about this event, email asia@lirne.net
As part of the Six Country Indicators Project, Joseph presented the interim findings from the Pakistan country study (over Skype). The study assesses Pakistan’s telecom sector and regulatory performance. It employs the common methodology and list of indicators adopted for the Six Country study.
As part of the Six Country Indicators Project, Deunden presented the interim findings from the Thailand country study (over Skype). The study assesses Thailand’s telecom sector and regulatory performance. It employs the common methodology and list of indicators adopted for the Six Country study.
As part of the Six Country Indicators Project, Malathy presented the interim findings from the Sri Lankan country study (over Skype). The study assesses Sri Lanka’s telecom sector and regulatory performance. It employs the common methodology and list of indicators adopted for the Six Country study.

CPRsouth1 – Selections complete

Posted on November 17, 2006  /  0 Comments

Selection of candidates to present papers and participate as Young Scholars at the inaugural CPRsouth conference in Manila is now complete and successful participants have been informed. The updated CPRsouth1 agenda can be downloaded HERE. Logistical information will be posted as it becomes available. To those applicants who will not be able to make it to the conference, we hope you continue to participate through the CPRsouth website (www.cprsouth.

CPRsouth1 – Reviews in progress

Posted on October 26, 2006  /  0 Comments

The deadline for the CPRsouth Call for Papers has now passed. Reviewing of both abstracts and young scholar applications are in progress. Successful paper presenters and young scholars will be notified by November 15, 2006. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all those who responded.
Applications for Young Scholar Awards are now closed. The deadline for the Call for Papers, however, has been extended to Friday, October 20, 2006.
Assume a scenario where among the chief complaint strings of two unrelated patients in the same District on the same date there was a mention of bloody stools in pediatric cases. The multiple mentions of “bloody stools” or “pediatric” might not be surprising, but the tying together of these two factors, given matching geographic locations and timings of reporting, is sufficiently rare that seeing only two such cases is of interest. This was precisely the evidence that was the first noticeable signal of the tragic Walkerton, Canada, waterborne bacterial gastroenteritis outbreak caused by contamination of tap water in May 2000. That weak signal was spotted by an astute physician, not by a surveillance system. Reliable automated detection of such signals in multivariate data requires new analytic approaches.