The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) today (8 Dec) submitted its response and recommendations to the Cambodian government regarding the National Internet Gateway (NIG) Sub-Decree, which paves the way for the creation of a single point of entry for all international Internet traffic in the country, under the authority of a government-appointed operator. To support the policy submission, AIC also issued a statement to the media in English and Khmer. The AIC believes that establishing a single national Internet gateway poses serious risks to business and Internet platforms, including –
- granting the Government extraordinary powers to arbitrarily block online content or network connections;
- undermining citizens’ rights to internet access, raising grave concerns about freedom of expression, media censorship, and user privacy;
- deteriorating Internet speed and increasing cybersecurity risks, impacting all Internet users in the country, including any Cambodian business that has an online presence.