Information & Communication Technology

Helani Galpaya on Net Neutrality

26 October 2015

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Helani Galpaya is the chief executive at LIRNEasia, a think tank that works across Asia-Pacific, believing that markets can work to help the poor.

She has focused on the delivery of electricity and government services for urban poor and small entrepreneurs in South Asia. She has also worked on the regulatory environments for the information, communication and technology sector (ICT) in South and Southeast Asia and researched the role of e-governance reaching out to the poorest communites in the region.

IHRB's Salil Tripathi met Helani at the Stockholm Internet Forum where sh spoke about the controversy surrounding net neutrality and the importance of choice in accessing the Internet. She also talked about the role of companies in enabling under-serviced communities to access the Internet. She then talked about how markets can be made to work for the poor if the cornerstone of markets is competition.

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