Why financial literacy efforts do not work well ?

Picture by Fabian Blank In big picture, if you really look at it, the power/money structures do not want the general public to be good at finances. Look at our society- we are awkward, ashamed and it is a taboo to talk about money in our families. Why? because we think money is secondary -the… Continue reading Why financial literacy efforts do not work well ?

5G, iphone12 and trade wars.

In this blog post, I will take a full circle around the current situation of global 5G roll out, what apple’s iPhone 12 will do for adoption of 5G and back to USA Govt’s ban on Huawei.   But first,  what is actually 5G ?  5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone… Continue reading 5G, iphone12 and trade wars.

Corona updates.

Sri Lanka is doing pretty well on COVID19.People are back on to everything, going back to what it was like before. Masks are fast disappearing, social distancing...well what is that ? Good thing is people hit hard by the lockdown can now get back on their feet.Bad thing is going back to what it was,… Continue reading Corona updates.

Daily collections at small shops (unbanked)

A man in motor cycle jacket and helmet comes in to the shop and shows a yellow card printed with rows and columns. The shop owner reaches for his drawer, pulls out a similar yellow card. Shop owner gives Rs. 1500/- to the man. Both of them scribble on their cards, swap them, and smile… Continue reading Daily collections at small shops (unbanked)

Questions to ask in the blackout.

Like COVID19 did, yesterday's islandwide electricity blackout should give our decision makers the space to reflect on our energy production. Different action is what is needed. Old ways of doing things will result in same outcomes. The new Government is looking ways to reduce funds flowing outwards by strengthening domestic production.Why can't we stop funds… Continue reading Questions to ask in the blackout.

4G broadband is a Luxury.

Living in Piliyandala, I have taken 4G broadband for granted. This is the internet I received today in Anuradhapura. An eye blinding speed of 0.04 Mbps download and 0.11 Mbps upload. Just 6 kilometers in to the main road (not a byroad) towards Mihintale, 4G broadband is almost non existent from my ISP. I checked… Continue reading 4G broadband is a Luxury.

The Online Lives of Young Children in Sri Lanka

Nicholas Carlisle, Founder/President of Power of Zero and No Bully, has interviewed me few months back on 'The Online Lives of Young Children in Sri Lanka' as part of their series on the online lives of young children across the world. Power of Zero is a global campaign to reshape early learning for a connected world. It focuses on… Continue reading The Online Lives of Young Children in Sri Lanka

Micro finance should be regulated

Micro finance is not glorious as majority of the reports out there proclaim. There are many findings to the contrary, including this article of FT.  Micro finance has been converted from a small enterprise creation help for poor people to a monster greedy business machine for finance institutes to exploit poor people.  According to the… Continue reading Micro finance should be regulated

Hithawathi හිතවතී

You are a female. Imagine a scenario where you get bullied, trolled or blackmailed on internet. Or that happens to someone you know, someone you care. Ask them to call 0114216062. Hithawathi is a timely initiative launched by LK domain to support the ones who get distressed on internet in Sri Lanka. Hithawathi has a… Continue reading Hithawathi හිතවතී

First AI Summit in Sri Lanka

My life has changed 180 degrees, when I did the data science coursera course from Johns Hopkins University, . That new learning cannot be undone. My understanding of the new world has changed. I started conversations with few of my colleagues and mentors on how Data Science, Machine Learning and AI can make a real… Continue reading First AI Summit in Sri Lanka