The Growing Need for Privacy and Data Protection in Sri Lanka

Data protection is increasingly becoming relevant to Sri Lanka, with the rapid rise in digitalisation and digital connectivity. At present, there is no consensus for a single model for data protection laws. However, compatibility is the stated objective of many global and regional data protection initiatives. Sri Lanka’s data protection laws need to be drafted to be internationally accepted, to facilitate the smooth cross border transfer of data.

A Block to be Unchained? – Blockchain Implementation in Sri Lanka

It is estimated that the global blockchain technology market size is expected to reach USD 21,070 million by the end of 2025, with a compound annual growth rate of 38.4%, showing a promising start for the upcoming technology. The main advantages blockchain provide are its immutable ledger system, decentralised network, and transparency of transactions. This blog discusses the potential benefits and challenges in implementing blockchain technology for voting and the banking sector in Sri Lanka as well as data privacy concerns.

The New Oil of the 21st Century: Sri Lanka’s Need for Data Scientists

The term ‘data scientist’ did not exist a little more than a decade ago. However, with the increasing rate of technological progress, the term “data scientist” is now casually thrown around in the tech realm. This blog argues that developing more data scientists can help Sri Lanka not only develop local businesses, but also earn foreign exchange.

Data, the Driving Force of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

The new technological advancements in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are altering the way people live, work, and interact with one another. Since the technologies of the 4IR are highly dependent on data, including big data, it is important to formulate strong policies to facilitate the sharing and protection of data. Another major requirement is to ensure that necessary infrastructure, especially access to the internet, is in place, so that the benefits of the 4IR can be enjoyed by all.

Who, When, Where? Improved Data and Information for Tourism Development in Sri Lanka

Tourism’s real contribution to the national economy is important to guide tourism policies. However, this is not yet clear as existing assessments do not take into account all the aspects of economic impacts of tourism. In this blog, Kanchana Wickramasinghe notes that comprehensive data and information can serve as a powerful tool in strategic tourism development.