Session 8: ICTs to achieve broader public-policy objectives

Moderator: Jean Paul Simon | Discussant: Christoph Stork Leveraging big data to support measurement of the Sustainable Development Goals Thavisha Perera-Gomez, Sriganesh Lokanathan Recommendations: Explore public-private partnerships The current data ecosystem may need to be expanded to include other entities that produce/generate data outside the traditional system Measuring one indicator may require Read more

Session 6: Platforms and their potential

Moderator: Wallace Chigona | Discussant: Phet Sayo Understanding the factors influencing the take-off of online freelancing in Sri Lanka Suthaharan Perampalam, Helani Galpaya, Laleema Senanayake Increase awareness Campaigns Featuring successful freelancers Showcase flexible working hours a positive Increase skills Digital skills Freelancing skills Create knowledge sharing peer network Freelancer meet up Incubation Read more

Session 5: Strategies for inclusion

Moderator: Nirmita Narasimhan | Discussant: Ashok Jhunjhunwala Can public Wi-Fi really help redress digital inequality, and if so, how? Emerging lessons from South Africa’s diverse implementations Christopher Geerdts, Alison Gillwald Recommendations: Use your Universal Service Funds Here Embed in National Plans Wi-Fi is part of broader approach Integrate and prioritise educational institutions Read more

Session 4: Addressing potential harms from ICTs

Moderator: Krishna Oolun | Discussant: Phet Sayo Digital surveillance and privacy concerns in the counter-terrorism discourse in Kenya:  Policy implications Fathima Badurdeen Freedom from Social Echo Chambers: Policy Implications of an Algorithmic Bias Peter Sleeman, Broc Rademan

Session 3: ICTs to improve rural livelihoods

Moderator: Olivier Nana Nzepa | Discussant: Alison Gillwald Enhancing affordability of roof-top solar using communications Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Prabhjot Kaur Negotiating Access to Information: the Case of Sri Lankan Cucurbit Farmers Chiranthi Rajapakse,Piyumi Gamage, Andy Dearden, Melissa Densmore, Marion Walton [presented by Helani Galpaya] Provide updated information and alternatives Farmers know when knowledge Read more

Session 1: Evidence for effective policy-making and regulation

Moderator:  Krishna Oolun | Discussant: Monica Kerretts-Makau   Analysis instead of summation: Why indices are not enough for ICT policy and regulation. Steve Esselaar, Alison Gillwald, Christoph Stork Measuring disbursement efficacy of Universal Service Funds: Case studies from India, Malaysia, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. Rohan Samarajiva, Gayani Hurulle Recommendations: Compile ADRs and Read more

CPRsouth Young Scholar Tutorials Day 2 Practicum

  Much of the day today was spent on understanding the construction of communications policy research with Sujata Gamage. We started at the policy brief, discussed PICOs (population, intervention, context and outcomes) and discussed research questions, paper titles, theories of change and models. Young Scholars then assessed sample policy briefs, critically Read more

CPRsouth2017 Young Scholar Tutorials Day 1 Q&A

After lunch was an hour of Q&A where participants brought questions and concerns from their countries to the panelists. Rohan, Alison and Helani shared examples of work they’ve already done through LIRNEasia and Research ICT Africa. Alison led the second half of the session with an introduction on how to take research Read more

CPRsouth2017 Young Scholar Tutorials Day 1 Session 2

Session two focused on issues that arise in the context of communications policy research. Helani Galpaya shared experiences from LIRNEasia research that highlighted problematics related to studying “Internet”. Specifics on how the Internet is structured, how it is facilitated, and the business models that bring us the world wide web, create Read more

CPRsouth2017 Young Scholar Tutorials Day 1 Session 1

Sujata Gamage introduced the program and shared some information from the 2016 tracer study of all past conference participants. Based on the findings of this tracer study, this years’ CPRsouth program centers on the Young Scholars tutorial program. The expectation is that the people in this room today, will return next Read more