Image of a phone in a car with the Uber app open This is highly dependent on the nature of the platform.
Photograph of a female freelance translator working on a laptop with a phone in her hand The answer depends on a combination on factors, including the circumstances of the work.
We are currently looking to fill the role of a Researcher. The full job description is available here. The deadline for application is  20th December 2019. 
Image of Chaminda's house with the hills in the background Recollections and reflections from an in-depth interview with a hearing-disabled person in Buttala, Sri Lanka
Presented by Prof. Rohan Samarajiva at SLAAS / SLIC Conference "From Innovation to Impact" 2019 on 22nd November 2019. Colombo, Sri Lanka
The group is an expansion of the UN Global Pulse Data Privacy Advisory Group which was established in 2014, and of which Samarajiva was a member since inception.
Image showing Helani Galpaya among other panelists at the "Asian Liveable Cities" Forum in San Fransisco CEO Helani Galpaya was invited to speak at the "Asian Liveable Cities Forum: Digital Solutions for Livable Cities" conference held in San Francisco, 12-14 November 2019
Train arriving at Azad Nagar metro station in Mumbai What one man's daily commute can tell us about the benefits and discomforts of disclosing one's disability
What does one say about the passing of Deunden Nikomborirak?  How does one adequately mourn the death of one so accomplished, one with so much more to give?  What does one say about a death too early? I recalled our last lunch together, several years ago.  Too many.
When faced with complex issues, education issues, for example, it is tempting to come up with a hundred and one things one might do to fix. That is a mistake. Unless we identify a few pivotal changes that will lead to positive repercussions across the education sector, we will be lost in detail.
Presented by Ayesha Zainudeen and Tharaka Amarasinghe at the 15th ITS Asia-Pacific Regional Conference Bangkok, Thailand, 29 October 2019 The full paper is available here.
Presented by Ayesha Zainudeen and Tharaka Amarasinghe at the 15th ITS Asia-Pacific Regional Conference Bangkok, Thailand, 29 October 2019 The slides presented are available here.

2018-2019 Annual Report

Posted on October 3, 2019  /  0 Comments

LIRNEasia's Annual Report of Activities during the financial year to March 2019.
Helani Galpaya presented LIRNEasia’s research on platform-mediated work in Sri Lanka, India, and Myanmar at the CEPA Open Forum “Transformative or same-same? The 4th Industrial Revolution and jobs,” organized by the Center for Poverty Analysis. Helani also participated in the panel discussion.
Helani Galpaya 24 Sep 2019 | CEPA Open Forum | Colombo, Sri Lanka
The draft National Digital Policy proposes a target of 70% of internet users by 2025, an undeniably ambitious target. The target – pulled out of thin air as though it may seem – is actually based on a time series forecast using ITU statistics from 2000-2017. The forecast was computed using a statistical software called Tableau, which considers exponential smoothing and seasonality. The lower and upper levels were based on 95% confidence intervals. The chart below shows that the upper limit that can be achieved is 74% by 2025 if accelerated efforts are made to drive internet adoption and smartphone use in Sri Lanka.