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Thailand’s new Computer Crime Act: Door to Single Gateway?

This past week in December 2016, the Thai government voted for a new Computer Crime Act. An update to the existing one. Now, if someone who might has done some research about Thai laws, you might think: “I hope that’s an improvement since it seemed to be quite easy to go to jail for things you do online (like posting your opinion) but, not to fast my naive young padawan. Just when Star Wars Rogue One hit the cinemas Thailand decided to go for a Rogue Computer Crime Act 2.0.…

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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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Thailand’s Cyber Security & Electronic Transaction Laws

Over the past few months the Thai junta came up with a few new or updated cyber security and electronic transaction laws that aim to regulate online incidents and behavior. There have been lots of laws and policy updates but here we are now going to focus on updates and additions to the Electronic Transactions Act, the Computer Crime Act, the National Cyber Security Act and the Personal Data Protection Act. Thailand Electronic Transactions Act The Electronic Transaction Act is obviously nothing completely new. Electronic transactions have been there for…

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