I can see it now, expats and travellers paraded on Thai TV by police officials as online pirates attempting to use Thai web space illegally. It will be the guy that downloads a few movies or visits a couple of sites deemed “unsuitable” that gets made an example of . The authorities want to get past the political problems of the past few years, and part of that means making sure people don't share negative media or talk negatively about Thailand on social networking platforms and forums.
Oh, and that Thai guy that sells all those fake DVDs at your local market, yes, he'll still be there while you're negotiating your fine. This means that dissidents and their friends are being monitored; so be careful who you are friends with on Twitter and Facebook, and what you watch, share and download.
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The worrying thing about being in Thailand is living in a condo block and sharing a network with many others, a network that is sub-contracted to an amateur web guy who sells on the services of True, 3BB and alike to folks like you.
I’m glad I have a VPN in Thailand too, as these new laws concern me.
I don’t want to be accused of spending time on inappropriate sites after innocently clicking a link sent to me in jest by a friend from the other side of the world, or in Thailand.But to fall in with the big boys, Thailand is expected to start regulating online copyright infringement, and help the NSA gather information by invading the privacy of its citizens and guests by investigating their online activity and reporting back to big brother. The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) began working with the PKI Association, the TISA (Thailand Information Security Association), THE Internet Foundation for the Development of Thailand, THE Thailand ISP Association, the Thai e-Commerce Association, Google Asia Pacific (yes, you know it's serious when Google is involved) and e Bay to create the country's first self-enforced code of conduct for preventing illegal content on the web. Well, as you know, Thailand doesn’t mess around when it comes to enforcing the law, particularly where foreign nationals are concerned – get caught doing something illegal and end up in prison. But just how serious will this crackdown on online activity get?I mean, we’ve heard the word “crackdown” bounded around in Thailand so many times over so many issues that it doesn’t really hold much weight in our minds anymore.You are also at risk of being hacked or spied on by your network peers – those in your apartment complex, or at the café, airport or any other public place.Your ISP or network administrator may also be limiting or restricting your access to certain websites and services.This is on top of the branding your business listing will receive from our 40,000 monthly visitors and 500,000 social media reach.