Will “Tolarbagh Model” (Zonal Lockdown) Work for Bangladesh In Containing the Outbreak?

I'm glad to see zonal lockdown is finally coming to fruition albeit the fact it's been months since it was first proposed. While Tolarbagh provides a good model, it's important to remember that the outbreak has progressed aggressively since Tolarbagh days and community transmission is widespread. This means plans need to be revisited with newer … Continue reading Will “Tolarbagh Model” (Zonal Lockdown) Work for Bangladesh In Containing the Outbreak?

Civil Liberty vs. National Security in Encryption Debates: Exceptional Access and Trust Deficit

This paper analyses the challenges of reconciling the need for strong data privacy technologies with the US Federal Government’s demand for access to encrypted data to combat national security threats — a concept known as ‘exceptional access’. Using the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack as a jumping-off point, this research combines public statements and arguments … Continue reading Civil Liberty vs. National Security in Encryption Debates: Exceptional Access and Trust Deficit

I Have Been in Psychotherapy for 8 Years. This Is What I Learnt.

As someone who has gone through psychotherapy and counselling for the past 8 years, working through depression, anxiety and trauma, I can attest mental health is an urgent, yet difficult and highly nuanced conversation for our society today. I'm thrilled to see people are more willing to talk, unlearn and seek support now than they … Continue reading I Have Been in Psychotherapy for 8 Years. This Is What I Learnt.

Why Local Context Matters in “Solving” Pandemics

Cover Photo: Reuters A few days ago, I read a report on The Telegraph that discusses how the coronavirus has exposed deep societal divides in Bangladesh. The interviewees in the report talked about non-compliance with lockdowns, community-led approach and the country's fragile health system. These are all genuine concerns and thoughts. I wanted to add … Continue reading Why Local Context Matters in “Solving” Pandemics

Will Easing Social Distancing Save the Poor?

Published in Berkeley Public Policy Journal | April 22, 2020 Co-authored with Rifaiyat Mahbub Since the implementation of lockdowns in developing countries, debates have ensued on whether the poor will starve to death before the virus kills them. People are on the streets demanding the right to wages and food. In the US, a country with a much larger GDP … Continue reading Will Easing Social Distancing Save the Poor?

While the Coronavirus Does Not Discriminate, Health Systems Do

Published in The Daily Star | March 24, 2020 The World’s Most Densely Populated City is A Ticking Time Bomb in Our Race Against the Pandemic Growing up in a house composed of doctors and public health professionals, I am no stranger to dinner conversations quickly turning to blood, mucus and infectious diseases. In high population … Continue reading While the Coronavirus Does Not Discriminate, Health Systems Do