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 “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?

Bangladesh men’s cricket team gets 9 times more in monthly pay than women

While it's exciting the Bangladesh's national women's league just won Asia Cup, it comes as little surprise that our women's league is paid very little compared to the national men's team. I did some basic digging on available data (sources below) and create a quick-n-dirty plot of monthly salary by grade (players are divided in various … Continue reading Bangladesh men’s cricket team gets 9 times more in monthly pay than women

How Oakland PD is Collecting Sensitive Location Data

Police cars mounted with automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) are always winding their way through the streets of Oakland. The cameras are recording the plate numbers of vehicles in the front and behind, as well as collecting footage on the surrounding areas. The policy of the Oakland Police Department (PD) is to utilize ALPR technology … Continue reading How Oakland PD is Collecting Sensitive Location Data

Correlation between Mineral Resources and GDP on the World Map

Open source spatial maps are plentiful, however finding something that evokes the curious mind can be challenging. I was curious to understand if the natural resource distribution of countries correlated with their gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, meaning if particular countries that had an abundance of mineral resources, will they also have a higher … Continue reading Correlation between Mineral Resources and GDP on the World Map

“অশালীন” কাপড়ই কি ইভটিজিং-এর জন্য দায়ী

co-authored with Tahneen Jahan Neelam, Abdullah Al Rezwan Fuad and Jafar Sadik Chowhdhury Illustration: Rats Asif Many people believe there is a mysterious correlation between what women wear in a public space and how men are "evoked" to harass them sexually. In 2012, on behalf of One Degree Initiative Foundation and Eveteasing Guerilla Bahini, we … Continue reading “অশালীন” কাপড়ই কি ইভটিজিং-এর জন্য দায়ী