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Lee Kuan Yew death hoaxes and the brilliance of one student’s satire

By Thu, Apr 09, 2015 5:35AM UTC 0 Comment

Z is the male student, below 16, who successfully fooled many Singaporeans and two news agencies, CNN and CCTV, into believing that Lee Kuan Yew had died when he hadn’t (yet). ...

ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies

By Thu, Mar 19, 2015 8:20AM UTC 0 Comment

Thailand’s overzealous cultural watchdogs made international headlines again this week, and as usual for entirely the wrong reasons. This time, they have targeted yet another apparent online phenomenon: Thailand’s military government warned women on Monday against posting ‘selfie’ photos of the lower half of their breasts – a social media trend that has gone viral –...

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 9:30AM UTC 0 Comment

In the last part of our Siam Voices series examining the new cyber laws, we chronicle the criticism against and the defense for the controversial bills - and what’s behind the military junta’s motivation to push these into law. In the past two weeks we analyzed the cyber law bills in its potential impact on policies, censorship and also business. More often than not we found that the flaws outweigh the benefits and, if signed into law without large-scale amendments - will have very serious implications of the civil liberties, free speech, personal privacy and even e-commerce of every Thai...

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 4: Bad for business, too!

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 7:35AM UTC 0 Comment

In the fourth part of our series examining Thailand’s new and controversial cyber laws, we look at the impact it can have on business – and it doesn’t necessarily look very profitable. In the last couple of instalments of this series, we have highlighted the pitfalls, flaws and loopholes of some of the new proposed...

Thailand’s new (and controversial) cyber laws – Part 1: Introduction

By Tue, Feb 10, 2015 8:30AM UTC 0 Comment

The Thai military government has greenlit a large batch of draft laws that aim to pave the way for the digitization of governance and state business. However, they also come with a slew of strengthened cyber surveillance and censorship upgrades for the authorities.  The year was 2007. Social media was yet to be discovered by...