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Benjamin Lokshin


The Best InAsia Podcasts and Posts of 2020

January 7, 2021


The year of the pandemic was a long, discontented winter that the glorious sun forgot. But it was a year we dug deep into the voices and ideas of our colleagues across Asia in our new InAsia Podcast.


The Pacific Covid-19 Infodemic

November 18, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed dangerous vulnerabilities in the Pacific’s digital information ecosystems, as well as great opportunities to use the internet to deliver access to information. Despite noteworthy initiatives by the region’s governments and civil societies to communicate with citizens through the internet and social media, a spate… Read more


Virtual Summit and Workshop – Pacific Cyber Dialogue

Papua New Guinea, November 17-20, 2020


In the past five years, new undersea cable projects and other internet infrastructure improvements have begun connecting Pacific internet users to faster and more accessible digital resources. At the same time, greater connectivity has also brought new cybersecurity challenges for civil society, the private sector, and government. With small popula… Read more


In Southeast Asia, Violent Conflicts Move Online

October 28, 2020


As cellphones and the internet have reached the farthest corners of Southeast Asia, violent groups and their supporters are increasingly turning social media into a new front in that region’s festering subnational conflicts.


How Mobile Tech is Making Migration More Secure and Less Costly

May 9, 2018


For millions of Nepali workers who have gone overseas for work in recent years, smartphones have become a crucial tool for navigating the highly complex and risky process of international migration. Yet despite this widespread smartphone usage, there remain serious information gaps between those seeking to migrate and the providers of important ser… Read more

Open Data in Nepal 

Building an Open Data Ecosystem in Nepal

February 28, 2018


On March 3, hundreds of groups from around the world will celebrate Open Data Day to showcase the value of open data for communities and to encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business, and civil society. For Nepal, which is currently undergoing a process of decentralization to a new federal structure, there are high hopes f… Read more

APEC app challenge winners 

APEC’s Most Talented App Developers Tackle Business Challenges at Trade Meeting

May 24, 2017


As trade ministers prepared to gather for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade meeting in Hanoi last week, a group of the region’s most talented developers were in a nearby room, competing in the first-ever APEC App Challenge. In the final hours of the competition, the room grew more intense as developers bent over their screens, codi… Read more

Online platforms in Asia 

How Will Online Platforms Shape Asia’s Growth Story?

March 22, 2017


Sahib Anandsongvit had a problem: his family, who ran a boutique hotel business in Bangkok, constantly needed to find skilled workers to repair rooms, clean facilities, or perform other services on short notice. Traditionally, Thai small business owners looking for service providers have relied on word of mouth, or flyers pinned to trees and teleph… Read more


New App Provides Nepali Migrant Workers with Safe Migration Information

May 25, 2016


At Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport, young men and women snake through the international terminal, waiting their turn to begin what could be the world’s longest commute to work. More than 1,500 people depart the country in this way every day, mostly bound for temporary jobs as construction workers, domestic servants, or low- and medium-skill laborers… Read more