AIC Submits Industry Response on Taiwan’s Draft Digital Communications Act (12 December 2018)

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The AIC is concerned about recent public statements made by the Executive Yuan in regard to possible amendments to Taiwan’s draft Digital Communications Act (bill). Whereas the original bill, submitted to the Legislative Yuan on November 26, 2017, embraced the standards set under the “Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability”, public statements made by the Executive Yuan on December 11, 2018 signal a material and fundamental departure from the spirit of the original bill. Current developments regarding the bill are especially troubling given the absence of any substantive government-industry dialogue about them. They raise significant concerns over the freedom of expression for the people of Taiwan. They will also hinder future investments and development of new services by the industry, and impact the future growth of Taiwan’s digital economy.