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ILO report on the Future of Work in Sri Lanka suggests regulating platforms, data governance, UBI, skilling in data science and cyber security

By Vedant Dev Sharma The International Labour Organization's report on the "Future of Work in Sri Lanka: Shaping technology transitions for a brighter future" (download), suggests regulating the platform economy with a focus on worker welfare, and cites the Motor Vehicles Bill in India, which looks at enforcing licensing for ride-sharing platforms like Ola and Uber. The report highlights the need for implementing a data governance plan, saying that "Sri Lanka needs to develop data privacy and sharing laws that enable the digital economy, while keeping with global trends and best practices such as the EU’s GDPR." It also suggests reduction of border taxes for technology imports, liberalizing digital payments and the adoption of Artificial Intelligence at a national level. The report focuses on the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Automation and Robotics) and their effect of job automation in Sri Lanka across agriculture, manufacturing, plantations, logistics, construction, the IT sector, retail and the public sector. A summary of some parts of the report's recommendations: 1. Technology and Innovation: a. Implement a Data Governance plan. There are currently no laws that govern data in Sri Lanka, but the Information Communication Technology Agency is pursuing a data governance policy ‘based on the adoption of a Data Protection Code of Practice’ and embed that as a regulation under the existing Information Communication Technology Act of 2003. Sri Lanka needs to develop data privacy and sharing laws that enable the digital economy, while keeping with global trends and best…

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