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Racial Profiling and Language Polarisation in Sri Lankan Media: A Problem Highlighted by “Ethics Eye” and “The Divide”

This research brief introduces two ailments in the Sri Lankan media that have negative social ramifications on minorities: (1) racial profiling; and (2) language polarisation.

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Gender-Responsive Budgeting: Evaluating Key Performance Indicators

This report assesses the extent to which the government has implemented 12 gender-related Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs were developed by the former Ministry of Women and Child Affairs towards achieving Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

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Making Public Data Public: Sri Lanka Misses its Own Targets While India Races Ahead

Sri Lanka’s Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) is the primary government agency responsible for collecting data, producing useful statistics, and disseminating it.

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Better Moderation of Hate Speech on Social Media: A Sri Lankan Case Study for Reputational-Cost Approaches

As social media becomes more involved in personal, business, and political relations, it has become increasingly important to prevent the spread of hate speech and disinformation on social media. At present, hate speech and disinformation is moderated on social media by: (1) voluntary self-regulation by service providers, and (2) government regulation that imposes obligations and liability on users and service providers. In light of the numerous lapses in content moderation and the ever present of risk of censorship through government regulation of social media, several questions have arisen on how content moderation can be improved.

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Opportunities to Protect Public Interest in Public Infrastructure: A Review of Regulatory Frameworks in Sri Lanka.

Investment into infrastructure is vital for development. However, in the context of weak governance, public investment into large and complex infrastructure can become a fertile ground for corruption and results in unsustainable, costly, and poor-quality infrastructure that fails to meet the intended objectives.

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පොදු යටිතල පහසුකම් තුළ මහජන සුබසිද්ධිය සුරැකීමට ඇති අවස්ථා: ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නියාමන රාමු පිළිබඳ සමාලෝචනයක්

යටිතලපහසුකම් සඳහා කරන ආයෝජනයන් රටක සංවර්ධනයට අතිශයින් වැදගත් වේ. කෙසේ වෙතත් දුර්වල පාලනයක් පවතින සන්දර්භයක් තුළ මහා පරිමාණ සහ සංකීර්ණ යටිතලපහසුකම් සංවර්ධන ව්‍යපෘති දුෂණයන්ට ඉතා හිතකර පසුබිමක් බවට පත්විය හැකි අතරම අපේක්ෂිත අරමුණු සාක්ෂාත් කරගැනීමට අපොහොසත් වන අධික පිරිවැයක් සහිත, ගුණාත්මක භාවයෙන් පහළ යටිතලපහසුකම් බිහිවීමටද එකී ආයෝජනයන් හේතු විය හැක.

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அரச உட்கட்டமைப்பு வசதிகள் மீது பொதுமக்களுக்குரிய நலன்களை பாதுகாப்பதற்கான வாய்ப்புக்கள்: இலங்கையின் ஒழுங்கு முறைச்சட்டகங்கள் பற்றிய மீளாய்வு

உட்கட்டமைப்பில் முதலீடு செய்வது அபிவிருத்திக்கு இன்றியமையாதது. எவ்வாறாயினும், பலவீனமான ஆளுகையின் பின்னணியில், பெரிய மற்றும் பல்கூட்டு உட்கட்டமைப்பிற்கான அரச முதலீடு ஊழலுக்கான வளமான களமாக மாறி, விளைவாக நீடுறுதியல்லாத, செலவுகூடிய மற்றும் குறைதரமான உள்கட்டமைப்பை ஏற்படுத்துவதோடு உத்தேசித்த நோக்கங்களை நிறைவேற்றத் தவறிவிடுகிறது.

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W(h)ither Environmental Governance: Limited Access to Information Undermines Meaningful Participation in Development Projects

There is a surge in public agitation against environmental destruction caused by ongoing development projects in Sri Lanka. The surfacing of environmental issues after construction has commenced is highly problematic for two reasons. First, the construction may have already caused damage to the environment, which may be irreversible in certain cases. Second, the revising of original project plans to mitigate environmental damages can result in delays and increased costs.

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Due Process and Preparedness for Public Emergencies: Lessons for Sri Lanka, From the COVID -19 Pandemic

Verité Research’s latest study explores the due process implications of the challenges faced by Sri Lanka’s judicial system during the COVID-19 pandemic. It identifies two key due process rights which are adversely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, namely the right to a fair trial, and access to legal representation and assistance.

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Reviewing the Data Dissemination Practices of Sri Lanka’s Department of Census and Statistics

In 2014 a data dissemination policy was introduced by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) in Sri Lanka. The DCS is the primary agency responsible for the collection, compilation and dissemination of official statistics.

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