Computer crimes? There’s really only lese majeste

13 02 2013

The Bangkok Post has a great headline for a technology story that reflects on politics: “A Cyberocracy of Dunces.” While many worry that “[c]ybercrime has emerged as a critical threat to the modern world,” not it seems, until recently, in Thailand.

When the report moves to Thailand and states:

Thai authorities are now working to remedy the damage created by their controversial computer law. The 2007 Computer Crime Act (CCA) has mostly failed to accomplish its goal of combating computer crime, instead harming unintended victims because of the law’s ambiguities and implementation, according to a study by Thammasat University.

The study, titled “Computer Crime?”, reports from July 2007 to December 2011 the CCA was used to block 81,213 webpages. The majority were blocked for lese majeste rather than computer crimes.

The minister has apparently “acknowledged any cybercrime law will be imperfect. He said a new CCA draft that eliminates loopholes and deals with updated technology has been completed.”

The Thammasat researchers state that:

Many website operators, to comply with the CCA, choose either to self-censor their content or seek other means to bypass the law, such as hosting their content abroad. “This problem affects the overall ICT business [in Thailand],” the report said.

We are not taking any bets at PPT on whether any “improvement” to the law will lead to a less draconian dragnet on lese majeste.


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