Myanmar currently faces an array of cyber and digital security challenges. These include compromised computers of new parliamentarians, compromised cyberinfrastructure, increasing surveillance of online networks, and low levels of digital literacy and digital security knowledge amongst both parliamentarians and civil society. Myanmar’s and the parliament’s cyber infrastructure is still largely controlled by the military, and as such, it is not under the jurisdiction of democratic representatives.
To address these challenges we see three immediate approaches; 1. research, consultation and strategic planning; 2. civil society awareness raising, and 3. digital/cyber security capacity building.
A more general approach to leadership development, and strengthening peer networks would also be strategic. We are particularly interested in developing greater networks between Myanmar and Asian cyber and digital security practitioners in order to develop peer support and knowledge exchange.