The National Symposium on Regulatory Framework for Cyberspace in Nepal was jointly organized by the Digital Freedom Coalition and Nepal Bar Association in Kathmandu. The event was held in the context of the government’s preparation to re-submit the Media Council Bill and the Information Technology Bill, which were previously not passed due to disputes, controversy, and public pressure. The government is also working on the drafting stage of the Cyber Security Bill and the E-Commerce Bill. However, stakeholders have raised concerns that these bills may contain provisions that undermine freedom of expression and unintentionally regulate the information technology industry, hindering the promotion of ICT in Nepal.
During the event, various speakers emphasized the need for legislation to align with the constitution and citizens’ mandate, and to protect freedom of expression, individual privacy, and public freedom. They also highlighted the importance of stakeholder consultations, the protection of consumer rights, and the need to avoid restrictive provisions that may adversely affect individuals and businesses in Nepal.
The event shed light on the challenges and concerns related to the regulatory framework for cyberspace in Nepal, and called for comprehensive reforms and collaborations among stakeholders to ensure that the laws and policies align with the needs and visions of society.