In early 2007, some Thai government officials totally overreacted to a silly video making fun of Thailand's king, and banned
all of YouTube. Of course, the inevitable result wasn't that the video went away, but that it got a lot more attention
both inside and outside of Thailand thanks to the futile attempt to ban it. Since then, it's clear that Thai officials have not learned their lesson. Over
again we've seen reports of Thailand banning certain websites -- often political discussion sites -- because the government officials don't like what's being said. The government even passed a law
making it illegal to try to circumvent these blocks to get at any banned website.
And, once again, all this is doing is drawing more interest in the blocked sites. The latest report is that the gov't has demanded that ISPs block hundreds of sites that it doesn't like
for whatever reason. Perhaps in blocking so many sites at once, it's hoping that the details of why get lost in the mix, but it hardly seems likely to be all that effective in the long run. While some may compare the situation to China and its Great Firewall, considering the massive bureaucracy
that involves tens of thousands
of people to manage the Great Firewall, it may be difficult for Thailand to effectively replicate it.