Jan 22, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka and other Asia-Pacific nations must work out common procedures to apply laws so that electronic crimes do not proliferate, the island’s top judicial officer said. “This is something that other jurisdictions can emulate,” he said. “In Malaysia we have ‘cyber city’ to get everybody together to have technology development for commerce and industry.”

The LawAsia2008 conference also plans to develop policy paper on common approaches to ICT laws in the region. Sri Lanka has already enacted a law against computer crimes according to United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) specified models but laws have to be enforced effectively to combat abuse of electronic transactions which were legalized at the same time by another piece of legislation.

“When information technology presents us with wide vistas, huge opportunities of transacting business and having communication, there also are potential dangers,” chief justice Sarath Silva said.

“We can have the common standards for recognition, enforcement and common stands to check abuse in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Silva was speaking at the inauguration of LAWASIA ICT 2008 confere

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