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Freedom on the Net: Thailand falls further

Freedom House, an organisation that looks into press freedom and freedom of speech, just published the 2017 iteration of its annual “Freedom on the net” report. Said report shows Thailand being further on the decline, ranking now 67/100. The introduction as per Freedom House reads: Internet freedom declined to its lowest level yet in 2017, continuing a downward spiral that began when the junta seized power. Censorship increased following the death of the king, and a slew of laws codified repressive measures introduced under a state of emergency. Thailand entered…

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Single Gateway all the way – Internet plans for Thailand

Being in control over everything that comes and goes via the internet. With the push of a button. That’s not only the dream (that came to life) of China’s ruling party or Kim Jong Un but also the dream of Thailand’s NCPO, the national council for peace and order – how the Thai government is being called ever since taking over control after the coup last year. The idea of controlling the information that enters the country via the internet is not new but shows that Thailand is still facing lots…

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(Online) Censorship in Southeast Asia

I‘m just back from giving a talk on (Online) Censorship in Southeast Asia over there in Berlin at re:publica conference (#rp15). While being there and while talking about censorship in Thailand and Southeast Asia I also heard a lot of talks concerning this topic from other countries. It seems as if this topic is becoming more and more substantial again – in 2015! We all thought we left the old times behind, censorship was considered a thing of the past (with the exception of North Korea) and we, well most…

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The ASEAN E-Commerce Bubble – Dotcom hype repeats itself

When history repeats itself. That’s something that is not too uncommon here in Thailand. Not only in the IT sector but in all other parts of development as well. Traffic, education, etc. If one knows ones history things that happen here, quite often, seem to be familiar and one wonders why it happens again even though it happened in other countries a few (or more) years back. This exact same feeling now sets in when talking about E-Commerce and Online Business here in Thailand. “I’ve seen that before”. When you…

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Thai government blocks more websites (gambling, porn, piracy)

In a recent attempt to gain more control over the ‘bad internet’ Thai authorities blocked access to a number of sites that made their living via piracy, pornography and gambling. Most of the newly blocked sites seem to be ones based in Thailand such as Thailand Torrent, BitDed, and 1000???.com. So far we did not hear anything official from Thailand’s ICT Ministry but an admin of BitDed had been quoted in several news outlets where he confirmed that his site would be blocked by the government. Authorities in Thailand block…

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Thailand US Embassy does the Harlem Shake

I know I know. We’ve already seen enough Harlem Shake videos. Even from Thailand. But this is kinda worth mentioning since it was done be the US Embassy. Yes. It’s an official video by the embassy of the mightiest country on this planet. Hence I say: Respect! The US embassy here in Thailand has a build quite a good social media reputation over the years and shows perfectly that nobody has to be afraid of social media. Use it, be part of it, live it.

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Wifi Internet in Thailand

Here’s a short post about my Wifi experiences in Thailand. It’s really about Wifi and not about 3G or EDGE since I only have a prepaid sim card and only use Wifi for internet related stuff. I already talked about mobile phone providers – and those are actually the same carriers that offer wifi services / public hotspots. My favorite so far is still 3BB since it is by far the cheapest solution. For 100 THB per month you get unlimited access to the 3BB broadband network. However, 3BB does…

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