Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 22, 2015 “We will not talk about this any more. If we say we won’t do it, we won’t do it,” said Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak at an economic forum in Bangkok last week. His decisive words were in response to the ongoing controversy over the Thai… More Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well

Thai military courts hand down record prison sentences for insulting monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 7, 2015 Thailand’s military courts have issued record prison sentences – 30 years and 28 years – against suspects for allegedly defaming the country’s monarchy on Facebook. Two separate verdicts have found the accused guilty of posting content on Facebook that is deemed a violation of the country’s infamously draconian lèse majesté… More Thai military courts hand down record prison sentences for insulting monarchy

No laughing matter: Thai junta leader’s renewed threat to media

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 26, 2015 Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha this week warned that he has power to ‘execute’ critical reporters. Maybe this time he wasn’t joking, writes Saksith Saiyasombut THE allegations against the four men are severe: they are accused of being in connection to an alleged ”terrorism network”… More No laughing matter: Thai junta leader’s renewed threat to media

ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 19, 2015 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 –… More ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies

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

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 26, 2015 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 have… More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Thai court jails theater activists for lese majeste

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 25, 2015 Thailand’s courts are continuing to jail people under the lèse majesté law, as two young students have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for allegedly insulting the monarchy in a theater play. The conviction shows yet again the draconian law is still thriving… More Thai court jails theater activists for lese majeste

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

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 25, 2015 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,… More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 4: Bad for business, too!

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 3: Far-reaching cyber snooping

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 20, 2015 In this part in our series examining the Thai military government’s new cyber laws, we look at the most controversial bill among the eight drafts: The Cyber Security Bill. Any government nowadays has to adapt its laws and at the same to keep it up to… More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 3: Far-reaching cyber snooping

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 2: Changes to the Computer Crime Act

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 17, 2015 With the passing of eight new draft bills under the banner of “Digital Economy” by the Thai junta cabinet and awaiting approval by the ersatz-parliament, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the main focus of criticism is aimed at the cyber security bill and the amendments to… More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 2: Changes to the Computer Crime Act

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

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 10, 2015 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… More Thailand’s new (and controversial) cyber laws – Part 1: Introduction