The Cambodian Center for Independent Media has set up a website for public comment on a contentious draft law to regulate Cambodian cyberspace. The website establishes a “wiki”-like crowd-sourcing platform for comments on the law, even though the public has not been able to see the draft.
Critics fear the draft law is aimed at curbing freedom of expression online, as popularity of social media and mobile devices has spiked in recent years.
“We set it up as a way for the public to show t+heir comments on the ‘cybercrime law,’” Pa Ngoun Teang, executive director for the center, said. Ideally, people will be able to express their concerns about the law, or even edit its content online, he said.
The website, www.netlawkh.org, which has been up since February, has support from Freedom House, a US-based group that monitors and rates countries on their freedom of expression.
So far, users have posted suggestions on the law and have called for a copy to be posted online. Some have said this could be Cambodia’s first crowd-sourced law.
Chhiv Pidor, head of human resources for a private company in Phnom Penh, said she uses the Internet “almost 24 hours a day,” including Facebook, where she connects with people from her company, with friends and with family. She worries the law could curtail her online activities, potentially hurting her business or invading her privacy.
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