The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), an industry association comprising leading internet and technology companies, has raised concerns over Sri Lanka's new Online Safety Bill.
Issuing a statement, AIC said they are concerned that the Sri Lanka Government is moving the Online Safety Bill without undertaking any stakeholder consultation.
"The Bill provides for a draconian system to stifle dissent and Sri Lankans’ rights to expression. While our member companies take seriously the online safety of those who use their services, legislation should not dampen innovation by restricting public debate and the exchange of ideas that can consequently impact the digital economy," the statement said.
AIC strongly urged the Government to work closely with industry stakeholders to develop regulations that are proportionate, reasonable, consistent with international best practices, and most importantly, support the growth of Sri Lanka’s nascent digital economy.