Myanmar: Civil society groups comment on govt.'s draft telecom master plan, call for privacy, free expression, equitable access to information
In July the Myanmar government called for comment on its Draft Telecommunications Masterplan, which sets out three broad goals: to create a national broadband infrastructure with affordable services; to deliver communications content and services in a rights-respecting, mobile-first system; and to develop an institutional and policy framework for effective oversight. Civil society organizations, including Access, Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO), LIRNEasia, and Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) submitted their comments. They called to place human rights like privacy, free expression, and affordable, equitable access to information on equal footing with the government's goal of aggressively developing the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure.