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Sri Lankan e-Library Nenasala Programme wins ‘International Access to Learning’ award

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Government-run development initiative will use $1 million Access to Learning Award to improve technology centres  serving the rural poor

Sri Lanka’s e-Library Nenasala Programme  (eLNP) won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation‘s 2014 Access to Learning award of $1 million  at a ceremony held in Lyon, France Monday (18).. The award was in recognition of eLNP’s thrust for providing free access to computers and the Internet to underserved Sri Lankans living in remote and rural areas. The Government of Sri Lanka launched the programme as a way to boost digital literacy and encourage economic development throughout the country based on its National Development policy “Mahinda Chinthana”. 

The eLNP’s centres, known as Nenasalas (wisdom outlets), have helped Sri Lanka increase its computer usage and IT literacy rate from below 10 percent in 2004 to almost  40 per cent today. Centres are located in rural areas to give residents increased access to high quality equipment, training, and locally tailored information to help them improve their lives.   Microsoft, a foundation partner, will make available a donation of software to eLNP, It wll be offered as part of its commitment to bring the benefits of relevant and accessible technology to local communities around the world.

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Sri Lanka soars in eGovernment

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Sri Lanka has shot up to 74th position in the United Nations E-Government Survey of 2014, after climbing 41 places since 2012.

This sudden rise comes after a steady decline in the rankings since the survey was first published back in 2003.

The United Nations E-Government Survey presents a systematic assessment of the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to transform the public sector by enhancing its efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability. It also monitors access to public services and citizen participation within the 193 member states it surveys.

The 2014 survey which was titled ‘E-Government for the Future We Want’ highlights global progress in online service delivery and focuses on citizen empowerment through e-participation. It also stresses the importance of reaching out to citizens through mobile, social media and inclusive multichannel service strategies.

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Sri Lanka CERT & ICTA join CBSL to help defend Banks against Cyber Crime

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Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team| Coordination Centre (Sri Lanka CERT|CC), a subsidiary of ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), joined hands with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to help banks mitigate computer and internet related crime.  This combined effort to combat cyber-attacks and financial frauds took place when a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) for Banks was launched recently. BankCSIRT will provide cyber security for all of Sri Lanka’s 23 banks through a common platform to handle information security related incidents in the banking and finance sector.

The launch of the BankCSIRT initiative held at CBSL was graced by President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga (Chief Guest), Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal and ICTA Chairman Professor P. W. Epasinghe. Amongst those present were Deputy Governors of the Central Bank, Mr Ananda Silva and Dr P N Weerasinghe, Sri Lanka CERT CEO Lal Dias, LankaClear CEO/GM Sunimal Weerasooriya, ICTA Director/ Legal Advisor Jayantha Fernando, Director IT Central Bank, Mrs R A S M Dayarate and CEO’s as well as CIO’s of Banks and senior officials of CBSL.

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