Dianna James

Dianna James has served for over 15 years managing international development programs for US government (USG) and international non-governmental organizations globally, including in countries in transition and crisis. With a regional specialization in the Middle East and Asia, she has substantive expertise in technology for development; digital security; gender; democracy and governance; political transition; and use of social media to combat violent extremism.

While regulation can have a negative connotation for stifling creativity and innovation, it is responsible for many positive things that citizens enjoy daily. As a result of regulation in most countries, we can be confident... more »

The Asia Foundation announces the launch of a brand-new initiative, The Partnership for Online Platforms & Sustainable Development (POPS), designed to explore the intersection of technology and inclusive growth in developing Asia. The launch event... more »

There has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of people in the Asia-Pacific that are accessing the internet for the first time. According to a recent report, in Southeast Asia alone there are 330M... more »

Online platform development is increasingly recognized by governments in the Asia-Pacific region as a means to promote economic growth and help low- and middle-income countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations.... more »

As an increasing number of policymakers, governments and international development organizations focus on online platforms as an economic development strategy, and to increase employment, it becomes important to better understand how digital labor and the... more »