Thailand Goes For Internet Censorship With An Anti-Circumvention Twist

from the how-nice-of-them dept

Thailand isn't doing such a good job dealing with the internet these days. The government there blocked all of YouTube over a single silly video that offended the monarch and then shut down a chat site that had comments critical of the government. Now, the government has passed new regulations to allow Thailand to censor the internet. Even better, it includes an anti-circumvention clause that would make it illegal to even try to get around the censorship. It's certainly one way for a government to bury its collective head in the sand, but it seems likely to build up an awful lot of resentment from everyone else.


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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2007 @ 2:18pm

    Anti-Circumvention Clause

    An anti-circumvention clause? I wondered what Bill Clinton was up to these days. Looks like he's doing consultation work for the Thai government.

     

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    dorpus, May 11th, 2007 @ 3:45pm

    Chicken on a stick

    So are they going to censor videos that show dissections of dead bodies? That's a big taboo in Buddhist cultures.

    Incidentally, I got to see the dissection of a real dead body at the hospital today. Everyone told me I would get sick, but there was nothing to it -- it felt no grosser than being in the meat section of the supermarket. It just looked like they were carving a really big chicken. The only halfway gross event was when the corpse farted when they lifted his legs. Or repeatedly stabbing a syringe into the base of his scrotum to get blood.

     

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    IronChef, May 11th, 2007 @ 4:15pm

    Political influence of the internet.

    While it's difficult for the general US citizen to comprehend life under a monarch, understand that the rest of the world hasn't caught on to what it's like to live in a constitution-based federal republic with a strong democratic tradition.

    It isn't US foreign policy to dictacte politics in other countries, and sometimes all of us net-zines forget that. Our heritage allows us personal freedoms which are not available in other countries. Remember, This is why we claimed our independence from England...

    Rights granted by the Consitution and Bill of Rights don't cross our borders... Sometimes we forget that.

     

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    IronChef, May 11th, 2007 @ 4:21pm

    Re: Chicken on a stick

    Ladies and gentilemen, that's is what you call a transition...

    From Thailand to real big chicken.. What a segway! I have to give you props on that one. LOL!

     

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    me, May 11th, 2007 @ 4:33pm

    Sex with youg prostitutes no problem, criticism of monarch big problem. Nice to see they have their piorities straight

     

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    Alex Hagen, May 11th, 2007 @ 4:37pm

    Re: Political influence of the internet.

    "Rights granted by the Consitution and Bill of Rights don't cross our borders... Sometimes we forget that."

    I don't think we forget it, as much as we fundamentally disagree with it. One of our most fundamental documents, the Declaration of Independence, states:

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights."

    Unalienable means that governments do not give us those rights, and therefore can not take them away. Perhaps it is naive to think that all people have these natural rights, and I agree it is certainly not U.S. policy to enforce those rights world-wide, but it is (or perhaps was pre-Bush) one of our fundamental beliefs as a nation.

    But I think that Mike's point is that it's stupid and doomed to failure. And, at least in this case, I tend to agree with him. This will be widely ignored, and in the mean-time will just make Thailand's government look like clueless morons.

     

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    My name is nobody, May 11th, 2007 @ 4:41pm

    Re: Political influence of the internet.

    "It isn't US foreign policy to dictate politics in other countries"

    LMAO. That's a good one.

     

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    IronChef, May 11th, 2007 @ 5:26pm

    Re: Re: Political influence of the internet.

    I agree with your points. The thing is that in today's wired society, we get news faster than ever, and forget that other countries don't have the same liberties that we have.. When we try to apply our current experiences and views of the world to a different society that isn't the same, our next step is to try and take action. That just can't work, and leads to things like, er.. war and other bad juju.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2007 @ 5:36pm

    Re: Re: Political influence of the internet.

    "It isn't US foreign policy to dictate politics in other countries"

    LMAO. That's a good one.
    Really. How naive can one get?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2007 @ 8:22pm

    thailand doesn't have oil.. who cares?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 12th, 2007 @ 1:06am

    thailand blows and the monarch is gay


    sorry for getting techdirt banned from thailand

     

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    |333173|3|_||3, May 12th, 2007 @ 2:50am

    Not US policy to interfere in forgien politics

    Except for most of South America, the middle east, south-east Asia, and parts fo Africa, that is. Elsewhere, the leaders just want to kiss Bush's arse or kill him.

     

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    |333173|3|_||3, May 12th, 2007 @ 2:54am

    Not US policy to interfere in forgien politics

    What about the President Wilson's stupid comment at the end of WWI that a democracy can only negotiate with a democracy. teh USA is not and never was a democracy. The whole system of the Electoral college was intended to keep any power out of the hands of the poor and ignorant.

    A monarchy can be a good thing, since it provides a head of state who can be above party politics. He also provides a common point of loyalty, and a natural stablility.

     

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    nev, May 12th, 2007 @ 6:30pm

    Re:

    Nothing wrong with having sex with young prostitutes :)

     

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    TechNoFear (profile), May 14th, 2007 @ 12:00am

    Understanding Thai Culture

    Thailand is a strange place, sometimes modern but still with another world/era charm.

    Where else can you decide you don't like any of the politicians up for office and vote 'nobody'?

    Where else do the military leades of a coup get 'permission' from the king before ousting the government?

    Thai's hold their king in the highest esteme, so I can understand why the Thai government took this step (not that I think it will work). I think it is more for internal politics than external.

    If the Thai king told all Thais not to use Utube then most would obey.
    If GWB told most Americans that, how many would listen....

     

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    ggeg, May 26th, 2007 @ 6:08pm

    gfdgfd

    rgrgrgfgf

     

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