Cambodia’s Plan to Establish Internet Gateway Raises Concerns

The Cambodian government has proposed the establishment of a national internet gateway to control and monitor online traffic, drawing concerns among rights groups and businesses.

The proposal was detailed in a July sub-decree titled the “Establishment of the National Internet Gateway (NIG)”. The sub-decree, obtained by VOA Khmer last week, states that once the NIG is established it will control all internet operations in the country.

Further, the document states that the purpose was to enhance “national revenue collection”, to “protect national security” and to assure “social order,” terms often used in other vaguely-defined legislation.

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