Cambodia’s Internet Clampdown: A ‘Great Firewall’, or No Worse than the West?

On February 16, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen signed a sub-decree to set up a National Internet Gateway (NIG).

The Cambodian government initially proposed the NIG in July 2020 with the stated goal of controlling and monitoring online traffic. The system will route all international internet traffic through a single entry point.

According to the 11-page decree released on February 17, the NIG is intended to “facilitate and manage domestic and international internet connections, to enhance national revenue collection effectively, to protect national security, and to maintain social order.”

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