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Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:12AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Thailand’s ruling military junta is further tightening its grip on the public discourse by heightening its censorship measures, going as far as reportedly implementing widespread surveillance of Thai Internet users. The new measure seeks to crush criticism at the military government and  to crack down on anything that is deemed insulting to the royal institution – also known as lèse majesté....

Thailand junta reactivates ‘cyber scout’ program to curb online dissent

By Thu, Aug 07, 2014 9:10AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

In late 2010, the Thai Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) launched the so-called 'cyber scout' program aimed to recruit students and young people to monitor online content that could be deemed potentially offensive, especially to Thailand's monarchy. Now, the military junta is re-introducing the project....

Thai junta faces uphill battle to control social media

By Wed, Jun 04, 2014 11:00AM UTC Comments Off This photo taken off the TV screen shows the blue screen with military crests that replaced all TV programming in Thailand last month. Pic: AP.

And suddenly the progress bar wouldn't stop loading. Thai online users were stumped last Wednesday afternoon when they couldn't access Facebook, prompting a swift outcry on other social networks such as Twitter. While the lockout only lasted less than an hour, it was a chilling reminder of the censorship situation in a post-coup Thailand that also extends online....

Here comes ‘dot NGO’

By Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:23AM UTC Comments Off NGO meeting. Pic: Asia Sentinel.

The impact of an expanding Web universe on the NGO community writes Brian Cute from Public Interest Registry for Asia Sentinel. For two and a half decades the Internet has connected and informed millions of people across the globe. It’s now easier than ever to join a community, spread the word about a cause or...

Thai webmaster Chiranuch loses appeal against suspended sentence

By Fri, Nov 08, 2013 11:44AM UTC Comments Off Chiranuch Premchaiporn. Pic: AP.

Thai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn has lost her appeal against her sentence for not deleting online comments deemed insulting to the monarchy quickly enough from the now defunct web board of the Thai news site Prachatai. The Criminal Court found her guilty in May 2012 and initially sentenced her to 1 year in prison, which was then reduced to...

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