Hartals drain Bangladesh’s potential

Over the decades hartals have become commonplace in Bangladesh’s politics. There have been a variety of claims about the economic impact. However, data on hartals is scarce and the long-term impact of decades of hartals is hard to fathom. Moody’s recently warned that the current unrests pose continued economic risk. It too did not quantify ... read more →

Shahbag Outcry 1

The news is fresh and details are only emerging about the murder of Ahmed Rajib Haider Shuvo, a blogger involved in the Shahbag protest. In today’s world we can view immediately online the outcry this provokes. Last week I wrote about the online echo on Twitter the Shahbag protest had. This time I am taking a ... read more →

Shahbag Online

The protest on the Shahbag square in Dhaka is a remarkable show of an independent, spontaneous, non-partisan movement erupting out of pain silently carried by the people of Bangladesh for decades. It is an admirable non-violent, tenacious, proud and confident protest in the real world. The protest has been partially organised online and echoes across ... read more →

Bangladesh Liberation War Interactive Timeline 3

I prepared an interactive timeline of the Bangladesh Liberation War for Bangladesh’s victory day. It encompasses documents, images, videos, and text about the events leading up to the war and the war itself. To fully enjoy the timeline the linked image below opens a new window or tab to utilise a full screen. You will ... read more →

Visualising the data behind the story: Bangladesh surpasses India in life expectancy

The recent Economist article ‘The path through the fields’ described how Bangladeshis’ life expectancy has risen significantly beyond that of Indians in the last decades. This happened despite India becoming much more wealthy than Bangladesh in the same period. The Economist tried to answer why this occurred. It is hard to achieve causality in these cases and ... read more →

Cloud Computing And China: Two Sides Of A Digital Bangladesh

Cloud Computing And China: Two Sides Of A Digital Bangladesh
What can the current digital Bangladesh policy, an attempt to improve connectivity, information access and literacy, achieve for Bangladesh? While the policy is well intended, in Bangladesh, like anywhere else in the world, a government can merely provide an environment for economic development. Individuals and businesses subsequently have to take advantage of emerging opportunities, some explicit and others ... read more →

Data Scientists, do good with Big Data 1

Earlier this month, I attended the O’Reilly Strata conference in London about all things data science. Data science is the current IT industry hype, concerned with big data, another hype. Big data can be summarised as growing data that is unwieldily large, potentially unstructured, and thus hard to manage and extract value from with current technology, tools, and ... read more →

The end of higher education as we know it 1

The end of higher education as we know it
There is, certainly, a remarkable demand in Bangladesh. Parents long to send their children to these countries and institutes. They are the gateway for a high-income job and potentially a foreign residency or citizenship. A dream dreamt by many middle class parents. Drive through Gulshan or any other urban area and you will see numerous ... read more →