Cambodia plans China-style internet firewall

Cambodia’s government will route all web traffic through a “national internet gateway” under plans that human rights advocates fear will see critical content blocked by a China-style firewall.

The plans are laid out in a yet-to-be-signed sub-decree drafted in July and obtained by the Nikkei Asian Review.

The document states the national internet gateway will manage internet connections in the country to enhance “national revenue collection,” protect “national security” and assure “social order.”

The gateway will be managed by a government-appointed operator or operators, who will collaborate with the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia and “relevant authorities.”

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