Shamsul Bari | The Daily Star
  • Shamsul Bari

    The writer is the Chairman of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) and a former Director of UNHCR.

  • Why it's relevant for us and how it relates to RTI

    In the days before May 25, email users all over the world were bombarded with a barrage of electronic messages updating them on something called the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Observers claim that the number of messages dispatched by businesses throughout the world on the occasion might have surpassed those sent during Christmas or New Year. On that day, Europe became subject to the GDPR, a law aimed primarily at bringing outdated personal data laws across EU up to speed with the fast-moving digital era. GDPR has an impact far beyond Europe.
  • How RTI can help elect the best candidates

    Political tension mount in most countries during election year. In Bangladesh, tension has already gripped the people and is likely to intensify before the general elections scheduled for December 2018.
  • Making police accountable

    At his investiture last month, the new police chief of Bangladesh committed to making each police station truly a centre for welfare of the people.
  • RTI vs RTP: Is there a contradiction?

    The disclosure of information on people's race or ethnicity during World War II caused one of the worst tragedies known to mankind. It led to secret denunciations and seizures, sending millions of friends and neighbours to labour and concentration camps and eventually to gas chambers.
  • From right to information to right to data

    In late 1840s, London was hit by a vicious cholera epidemic. Health officials struggled to curb the spread until Dr John Snow painstakingly collected data on the location and history of each case and traced the source to specific water supplies in the city.
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