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Sunara Begum—A Journey of Ascension

October 01, 2015

Spending one month on an Island surrounded by the great ocean, I saw that the people really are a piece of that constant flow; they in turn seem to embody a great sense of fluidity within the very temperament of their soul. A reflection of this dimension is what their spirit conjures. One could really feel the convergence, a unique meeting point of diverse peoples, traditions, languages and customs all forming what we know as Sri Lanka.

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Fiber optic cables

Warrantless Wiretapping Legal in Sri Lanka

If you are being investigated for a “computer crime” in Sri Lanka, a police officer can—without a warrant, at his discretion—seize your computer data and intercept and collect your communications (“wiretap”). There is no specific authority to authorise or oversee such wiretaps beyond the investigating police officer. While the technical details about wiretaps might be murky, the law itself is quite clear: all of this appears in the Computer Crime Act, No. 24 of 2007.

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Common Kingfisher in Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Coca-Cola and Sri Lankan Water Stories

The old water stories and myths of Sri Lanka arose from a culture that had a symbiotic relationship with the rivers and lakes. The new stories that we create reflect the modern dynamics of this old relationship. Now we transact. It’s all very businesslike. Give me water, and take my oil while you’re at it.

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Coca-Cola’s Oil Spill and Sri Lanka’s Impotence

Few things are so cliche as an oil spill by a large multinational corporation in a third-world country. Except, perhaps, when that country is yours. When that oil is in the very water that you drink. When, one morning, you open the tap and smell diesel.

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Uber app in Sri Lanka

Adapt or Die: Surviving the Multinational Threat

In today’s turbulent business environment, organisations need to be able to adapt quickly to ensure continued success. Our local services will have to make swift improvements or risk losing significant marketshare to large, innovative multinational corporations as they expand their reach.

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JVP’s Brand Crisis: Communist Red vs. Sexy Crimson

At its heart, JVP is a Marxist-Leninist communist movement. Its loyal voter base is red hot, not crimson cool. As with most political campaigns, their 2015 rebranding was mainly targeting the undecideds, who seemed to be supportive of them, but didn’t convert that support into votes come election time.

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Jayalath Manorathna

Art for Engineers—Jayalath Manorathna

What is art? How did it come to be? What is its purpose? Is art only for the sake of entertainment, or is it for human development as well? These are some of the questions we can ask in order to better understand the role played by art in shaping our lives.

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Steve Jobs

Ken Segall and Sri Lankan Delusions

SLASSCOM introduced Ken Segall as the “Former Creative Director of Apple Inc.” Why would they run such a disingenuous campaign? And why would Ken Segall not correct them? We can only speculate.

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Sunset at a Thai beach

Colomboard: The Failure of a Good Project

Colomboard was a “good” project, both in terms of business potential and social impact. It empowered a group of very talented young entrepreneurs by providing them with a fair and accessible platform to build their businesses.

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Nuclear explosion

How We Give and Take Design Feedback

Since the very beginning we have tried to nurture and encourage the spirit of the “bomb comment” at Vesess. We have benefitted greatly from this culture that encourages giving and receiving candid design feedback without any need to make them palatable.

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