Internet use is increasing in Cambodia, but knowledge of digital safety practices remains limited. This leaves internet users vulnerable to the digital dangers that lurk online, making it critical to promote knowledge of digital security practices.
More people rely on social media and other platforms to access news and exercise their right to free expression, but internet users in Cambodia are increasingly facing threats in online spaces, being targeted by attacks and repressive laws.
Restrictions to free speech, rampant disinformation campaigns, and targeted gender-based violence are among some of the key concerns in Cambodia highlighted during the Greater Internet Freedom program’s South and Southeast Asia Digital Rights School.
Over the years, the Cambodian government has introduced legal mechanisms that infringe on freedom of expression, privacy, and data protection. This guest post outlines some of the most pressing digital rights threats and what civil society can do.
The shutdown of Voice of Democracy, one of Cambodia’s last independent local news organisations, is a blow to press freedom, digital rights, and democracy, especially with the general elections coming up in July 2023.
During the forum held last November 22 and 23, participants stressed the need for civil society groups to take on a more active role in policy discussions to ensure that internet freedom and digital rights are safeguarded.
The Digital Security Localization Fellowship aims to convene a network of localizers to support the development of localized digital security resources in Southeast Asian languages.
Inspired by a Cambodian rapper’s refusal to back down under government pressure, Jackson Brook’s short film hopes to show the dangers of the Cambodian government’s clampdown on critical voices.
EngageMedia, through its work under the Greater Internet Freedom program, is hosting a three-day digital rights school from April 14 to 16 to empower new and upcoming digital rights defenders. The deadline for applications is on March 31, 2022.