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Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Thai junta takes further steps towards online mass surveillance, censorship

By Mon, Jan 12, 2015 10:22AM UTC Comments Off Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

A series of new orders and proposals suggests that Thailand’s military government has taken further steps to monitor and censor online content in continued efforts to curtail criticism of itself and the country's monarchy....

LINE denies Thai junta’s claim it is monitoring popular chat app

By Tue, Dec 23, 2014 5:12PM UTC Comments Off A Thai teenager uses the "Line" instant messaging app on her smartphone  in Bangkok. Pic: AP.

Claims by the Thai military junta that it is monitoring the popular chat app LINE for content deemed insulting towards the monarchy have been refuted by South Korea-based parent company Naver....

Gen Y, social media & critical thinking: Developing skills schools neglect

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014 6:53PM UTC Comments Off South Korea schoolchildren. Pic: AP

Today's youth are spending increasing amounts of time communicating and interacting online. Parents and teachers often bemoan the younger generations’ addiction to social media. It is frequently considered a waste of time, but is this time spent online really wasted? Could students actually be benefitting from playing Facebook, Line and Twitter? Well there is an argument that the time students spend playing Facebook is actually time invested in the development of the higher level thinking skills which they will need to succeed in our future society....

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....

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