Big Data talks in Dhaka 1

Big Data talks in Dhaka
I am spending a few days in Dhaka and am taking the opportunity to meet some companies working on Big Data and give some talks. read more →

4 Free DIY Twitter Visualisations: The Shahbag Protest

4 Free DIY Twitter Visualisations: The Shahbag Protest
Earlier this year a mass movement occurred in Bangladesh, which received little global news coverage. It was an immensely important event to Bangladeshi’s at home and abroad. This prompted me to try and illustrate the event with Twitter data myself, merely utilizing some free web services and a few hours time. Amazingly the results are ... read more →

Bangladesh Budgets 2004-2013: A Decade of Government Spending

Bangladesh Budgets 2004-2013: A Decade of Government Spending
Every Bangladeshi wants to know if her country is becoming wealthier, if her government spends within the country’s means, and if her money is spent wisely. The 2013 budget for Bangladesh has been released on Thursday and it holds some answers to these questions. However, the budget is part accounting and part politics, and is ... read more →

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 →

Crowd Funding Activism: Put Your Money Where Your ‘Like’ Is

In the Internet age many people utilise technology to spread information, make themselves heard, organise demonstrations, or simply click like to show their support for a cause. The latter is sometimes belittled as the equivalent of a couch potato’s self-gratifying response to a pressing issue. It gives you a warm feeling but has no impact. ... 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 →