Tech giants concerned about the Sri Lanka’s proposed Online Safety Bill

Tech giants concerned about the Sri Lanka’s proposed Online Safety Bill

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.

The Asia Internet Coalition, co-founded in 2010 by leading tech giants such as eBay, Amazon, Meta, Spotify,, Linkedin, X (formerly Twitter), Google, Nokia, Skype, and Yahoo!, plays a crucial role in advocating for internet policy issues in the Asia Pacific region. 

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 urges the GOSL to collaborate closely with industry stakeholders to establish regulations that are not only proportionate and reasonable but also aligned with international best practices. Such measures are vital to fostering the growth of Sri Lanka's burgeoning digital economy, which holds significant promise for the nation's future.