Don’t let Microsoft exploit Bangladesh’s IT talent

Since the much-publicised Bangladesh Bank hacking and catastrophic loss of $86 million, it is natural that the government should be looking to improve cyber-security, and contacting various external c ...

How ‘Merchants of Doubt’ convinced the US to ignore climate change

In 1988, Dr James Hansen, senior climate scientist at NASA, testified to the US Senate that global warming caused by burning fossil fuels was a serious threat to humanity. Yet, for 28 years, the wo ...

Bangladesh needs its own Linux operating system

After the Bangladesh Bank hacking, the media was full of questions as to how IT security could be ensured. Initially, the hacking was reported as the result of a “zero-day” exploit, whi ...

How to foil a bank heist

Newspapers have reported that a “zero-day” vulnerability was used to accomplish the hacking of Bangladesh Bank, which has so far cost the country about $100 million -- a colossal amount. T ...

Achieving IT independence through open-source

According to TRP (Total Ratings Points, often abbreviated to “ratings”) which measures TV channel viewership, Deepto TV is now the most popular Bangladeshi channel. The public is genera ...

Microsoft’s wake-up call on software piracy

According to Dhaka Tribune and other media reports, on September 10, police raided the offices of Flora, one of the largest Bangladeshi computer retailers, and arrested a senior executive there on cha ...

Better education, not IT parks

On May 28, various media reported the government’s latest Digital Bangladesh initiative to build 12 new IT parks in various districts at a cost of $201m (about Tk1,600cr). Apparen ...

Liberating computer education

Nowadays, the only desktop computer operating system that most people have ever heard of is Microsoft Windows. This has created the perception that knowing how to use a computer means learning how to ...

A Digital Bangladesh needs open-source land records

On February 3, newspapers reported that the Ministry of Land had signed a contract with an Indian company to digitise land records of several districts initially at a cost of $10m-20m (which presumabl ...

Resolving problems of the new HSC ICT subject

This year, the ministry of education introduced a new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) subject at the HSC-level and made it compulsory for all students. The syllabus itself is excellent; ...

Zeeshan Hasan

Zeeshan Hasan is a director of Kazi Media, the company behind Deepto TV. He is also the managing director of Sysnova.

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