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Cambodia’s worst drought in five decades 

A fantastic feature story about Cambodia’s worst drought in five decades (which might make us all speechless): “Sometimes we almost do not have enough water to wash a baby after a mother gives birth.”

Must-read: Scenes from a drought

“I see the project as both colonialist and deceptive,” Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, told me. “It tries to solve a problem it doesn’t understand, but it doesn’t need to understand the problem because it already knows the solution. The solution conveniently helps lock in Facebook as the dominant platform for the future at a moment when growth in developed markets is slowing.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/02/facebook-and-the-new-colonialism/462393/

ASEAN leaders in Sunnylands for Summit: who should they meet?

First thing first, Prime Minister of Singapore met Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California. 

Who do you think individual ASEAN nation leaders would meet with technlogy founders or CEOs in the Silicon Valley?

So much diplomacy will be at play. Also selfie!

Hun Sen Heads To US for Asean Summit

Happy MMXVI

It’s this time of the year for new family photographs.

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Sophie is now a year and a few months old.

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This year, Tom, a little over 4 years old of age, is a kindergartner at The Giving Tree School.

Photographs taken at New Peace Studio (run by my younger brother).

Help Technovation program in Cambodia, help nurture women in tech

Hi everyone,

I am currently searching for sponsors to support our Technovation program in Cambodia. There are 60+ middle/high school girls aged from 10 to 18 years old joining Technovation Challenge. They are about to build a mobile app to solve the community issues for the competition.

Could you kindly help connect me to potential sponsors? Your help means a lot to our girls. It means you are a part of the community to inspire girls to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders and entrepreneurs. Thanks

Sok Sikieng,
Technovation program mentor

Note: Sikieng could be reached via email: sikiengsok at gmail dot com.

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