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Digitalising Myanmar: connectivity development in political transitions

Calderaro, Andrea 2014. Digitalising Myanmar: connectivity development in political transitions. Internet Policy Observatory 2014 (24 Feb)

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In the midst of rapid socio-political transition, Myanmar is building its telecommunications infrastructure by opening its market to international mobile companies and engaging in national regulatory reform. With one of the lowest internet and mobile subscriber rates in the world, Myanmar faces multiple challenges in building connectivity from both an infrastructural and a policy perspective. Telecom developments could play a significant role in modernizing the country as it emerges from decades of political repression, and although the domestic connectivity plan is moving forward, several challenges need to be dealt with quickly in order to ensure a safe and accessible digital environment. This paper explores connectivity developments in Myanmar, paying particular attention to the opening of the mobile market to international companies, the launch of the new national telecom law, and the development of policies securing digital rights.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet Governance, Human Rights, Myanmar, Cybersecurity
Date of Acceptance: 24 February 2014
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2019 12:39

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