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Sri Lanka looks to further regulate ICT technology to prevent ‘abuse’

Speaking at the 12th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called for strategists and regulators in telecommunications and ICT to “think of ways to prevent this great technology being used to sow hatred.”

Conveying the importance of upholding ‘tolerance and humanity’ in Sri Lanka, President Rajapaksa opened his address stating, “ICT must not be a tool of societies that pay homage to material values and pay no tolerance and humanity”.

The manner in which tolerance and humanity is upheld in Sri Lanka was further portrayed by the Sri Lankan defence secretary’s encounter with a prominent journalist. 

In his address, the president also outlined his desire to make Sri Lanka the “Communications Hub of South Asia”. Rajapaksa described developments in the ‘deep south’, which included a dedicated IT park and other mega infrastructure facilities such as a port and international airport being built there as an attempt to make sure that Sri Lanka was not ‘left behind’ in the new age of knowledge.

See our earlier post: Free landing offered at Mahinda's airport (25 March 2012)