Hashtag Generation together with the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), under the Media Empowerment for a Democratic Sri Lanka (MEND) Program supported by USAID, hosted the first media salon for 2022, on the proposed Cybersecurity Bill(s) in Sri Lanka.

Mr Asela Waidyalankarawas is one of the panel of experts in this discussion where he Answers questions related to cyber threats and Cybersecurity Bills.

The Cybersecurity Bill in Sri Lanka aims to establish a civilian agency focused on Cybersecurity, aligning with global standards to attract investments and ensure data privacy. While concerns about government interference exist, the bill emphasizes civilian oversight and industry consultation to maintain technical integrity and prevent abuse of power.

Sri Lanka is at a critical juncture in its Cybersecurity landscape. The proposed Cybersecurity Bill seeks to create a powerful agency responsible for shaping the nation's Cybersecurity policy. This agency comprises representatives from various sectors, with an emphasis on meritocracy and excellence in the field of Cybersecurity. However, concerns linger about the need for industry expertise and ensuring the security of tenure for policy consistency. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has made significant strides in digital literacy, exceeding 50%, driven by telcos' efforts to expand broadband access. This digital boom has also witnessed a threefold rise in cybercrime since the COVID-19 lockdown. While ownership of telecom companies is a topic of discussion, the real focus should be on governance and controls. The key to a robust Cybersecurity framework lies in robust policies, governance, and adherence to global standards, positioning Sri Lanka to engage in meaningful global Cybersecurity conversations.

In this interview Mr Asela Waidyalankara Discuss about the Online Safety Bill in Sri Lanka, It’s importances, It’s Pros and Cons, Concerns arises about The online Security Bill

The Online Safety Bill has caused much debate and consternation among its proposed stakeholders and Sri Lankan citizens. In this interview Mr Asela Waidyalankara discussed  the Online Safety Bill in Sri Lanka, Impacts Of It and shared his overall insights about the Online Safety Bill.

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