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Digital Technology in Cambodia: Challenges and Opportunities

17 June @ 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM BMT


Since the late 2000s, the use of digital technology has increased rapidly across Cambodia. This has happened in a context where the internet penetration index has increased sharply in the country. In 2012, it stood at 12%, and by early 2024, it had increased to 56.7%. The widespread adoption of social media platforms has particularly driven this surge in internet usage. As of 2024, 68.4% of the population are active social media users, with Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok emerging as the most popular platforms. Additionally, instant messaging applications such as Telegram, Messenger, and Whatsapp enjoy considerable popularity.

The rapid expansion of internet users has significantly reshaped daily life in Cambodian society. Social media platforms have played a crucial role in enhancing communication and networking, allowing individuals to maintain close relationships across geographical barriers. Furthermore, digital tools have revolutionised the media landscape, providing a diverse range of information sources and enabling user-generated content. Additionally, online learning platforms have bridged the education gap between urban and rural areas by granting students in remote locations access to lectures, tutorials, and educational resources.

Furthermore, in the realm of business and commerce, the rise of e-commerce platforms has transformed the way goods and services are bought and sold. Small businesses and entrepreneurs can now reach a wider audience beyond their immediate vicinity, facilitating economic growth and market expansion.

Amid Cambodia’s rapid digital transformation, significant challenges have arisen. The digital divide persists, with urban areas enjoying robust internet access while rural communities struggle, exacerbating inequality. Furthermore, many Cambodians lack digital literacy, making them vulnerable to misinformation and cyber threats. Cybersecurity concerns are also prominent, with individuals and organisations facing increased risks of cyberattacks and data breaches. Addressing these challenges requires concerted efforts to bridge the digital divide, improve digital literacy, and strengthen cybersecurity measures to ensure equitable access and protect against digital threats.


Session on “Digital Technology in Cambodia: Challenges and Opportunities”

Meas Nearyroth, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia
Siv Vatana from Open Development Cambodia
Catherine Harry, Blogger
Marissa Carruthers, Kiripost
Eng Srey Pov, the Cambodian Youth Network Association

Kum Somaly, Asia Centre

For enquiries, contact: Somaly KUM (somaly@asiacentre.org)


17 June
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM BMT


Asia Centre
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