June 2006

Insights From Sri Lanka

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This article has been adapted from a speech by the author at International workshop on 'Building a Common Path : Beyond WSIS', organised by Sarvodaya (www.sarvodaya.org) and supported by IDRC, Canada in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 24 February 2006.

We cannot achieve progress in ICT4D when public acceptance of ICT is not yet established and our work doesn't happen in a social vacuum.

It is easy for us to engage in self congratulatory talk and mutual compliments at gatherings of ICT4D professionals. But too much consensus can do more harm than good, so I am going to differ with majority views. I don't engage in uncritical cheer-leading

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