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Thailand: Govt Threatens Action Over Protests Against New Cyber Law
Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30302379
Source Date: Monday, December 19, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Country: Thailand
Created: Dec 20, 2016


The term single gateway first gained attention last year when it was mentioned in Cabinet resolutions as an issue for consideration by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry, which has been renamed the Digital Economy and Society Ministry.


Prayut and his government denied having the policy, saying the term was wrongly recorded by the person who took minutes. The issue faded from public view although some Internet users have identified similarities in the recently-passed Computer Crime Act. They said the new law would reinforce authority over Internet |regulation without a balancing power.


Sansern said the government would only request to look at “online traffic” in specific cases, which would not centralise power. A nine-member committee and the courts would also take part in consideration for any decisions, he said.


He added that the concept of a single gateway would hinder the government’s initiative to drive digital technology in line with its Thailand 4.0 scheme.


“Every country has a universal rule of advising people about what websites are deemed critical to national security,” he said. “It also depends on Internet providers’ discretion on management over access to foreign websites.”

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