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President Wickremesinghe and Meta’s Sir Nick Clegg Discuss AI and Online Regulation

New York – On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in a productive meeting with Sir Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs for Meta.

During their discussions, President Wickremesinghe shed light on the government’s fresh endeavors aimed at countering online hate speech and the proliferation of fake news. He underscored that the proposed bill would offer avenues for concerned parties to challenge specific aspects through the Supreme Court, with a willingness to consider further revisions during the Parliamentary Committee review.

The President received a comprehensive briefing on Meta’s advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), with a particular focus on open-source technologies.

In a forward-looking exchange, both parties explored potential collaborations between the Sri Lankan Government and Meta within the domain of Artificial Intelligence. Among the proposals considered was the development of a cooperative program between Meta and Sri Lankan universities, with the goal of advancing AI technology.

President Wickremesinghe outlined his two key focal points: nurturing the growth of the AI sector in the country, particularly within the realm of education, and leveraging AI to bolster data-driven initiatives geared towards combatting climate change.

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