CITC seeks public input on new digital content platform regulations

November 25, 2021

RIYADH – The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia’s digital regulator, has called for public input on its latest digital content platform regulations.

As one of the most lucrative, rapidly growing, and unchartered sectors in the Kingdom’s economy—with in-scope market size of more than $3 billion in 2020—this is an enormous opportunity for individuals and stakeholders to guide the policy of a sector that includes video on demand (VOD), audio, digital advertising, and gaming.

The public consultation will not only help the commission regulate and govern digital content platforms in the Kingdom; it is also designed to protect user interests.

To shape the future of the industry, the commission invites members of the public, both within the Kingdom and abroad, to participate. This bottom-up approach, with crucial input from stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and individual members of the public, will ensure these platforms are built to the highest global standards and best practices.

Dedicated to transparency, CITC is committed to working with the private sector to empower entrepreneurs, attract investment, and protect users of digital content platforms. Feedback will be considered at the highest level and ensure that the public has a meaningful impact on policy.

A historic opportunity to reshape the sector, this consultation will help create one of the world’s most nimble and responsive digital content regulatory regimes in the world. By creating a clear and transparent licensing framework, Saudi Arabia is showing its long-term commitment to growth, transparency, and good governance in the digital sector. — SG

November 25, 2021
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