Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES)
1 Apr 2022
Enforcement of the 2019 Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) has been postponed for 3 years. A committee member was appointed from the National Security Council as being qualified to protect the national interest. The text contains many exemptions from the law, or do the principles need to make way for the exceptions?
13 Nov 2021
Following a Wednesday (10 November) Constitutional Court ruling against public discussion of monarchy reform, the Court’s website was apparently hacked on Thursday (11 November) by an unidentified party, who renamed it “Kangaroo Court” and modified site content.
31 Jul 2021
A recent governmental decree banning the distribution of “fake news” has left local media associations and a legal watchdog concerned that the effort will limit public internet access.
7 Jun 2021
Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn invited Internet Service Providers to acknowledge a court order to restrict access to or delete computer data of 8 allegedly illegal users on Facebook within 24 hours. Four days on, the pages of the targets remain accessible.
23 Apr 2021
A Ministry of Digital Economy and Society representative filed a complaint against a trans woman for sharing a Facebook post of an academic critic of the monarchy. In another incident, a man was charged for a post in the ‘Royalist Marketplace’ Facebook group, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.
24 Aug 2020
Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) has filed a complaint with the Technology Crime Supression Division (TCSD) to prosecute Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a Thai professor in exile and the admin of a Facebook group which has more than 1 million monachy reformists as supporters.
10 Jun 2019
The prominent Thai historian and monarchy reformist in exile has made an epic comeback that many people have been looking forward to for 10 months. On the afternoon of 9 June, Somsak Jeamteerasakul returned to the comment section of a Facebook Live seminar on “Phraya Phahonphonphayuhasena: the People's Party and democratic military”.
24 Jun 2017
The Thai authorities have blocked access to a youtube clip of the Charlie Chaplin's movie ‘the Great Dictator’. On 21 June 2017, a Facebook user reported that an access to a Youtube clip of the movie ‘the Great Dictator’ was blocked by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society according to the Thai Lawyer for Human Rights (TLHR).
21 Apr 2017
On a Saturday night in mid-September 2013 I was sat at table in a deserted restaurant in an exclusive beachside resort in Phuket. My companions were graduate students and researchers from Chulalongkorn University and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto University.
21 Apr 2017
The YouTube channel of an anti-junta journalist who fled to the US after the 2014 coup d’état has been blocked from audiences in Thailand. On 20 April 2017, the YouTube channel ‘Jom Voice’ of Jom Petpradab, a veteran journalist now living in self-exile in the US, was found blocked. “[This channel] cannot be watched from your country!” reads the statement on YouTube.
23 Dec 2016
The Thai authorities have detained youths who allegedly carried out DDoS attacks against government websites in protest against the controversial new Computer Crime Act. On 21 December 2016, Somsak Khaosuwan, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), revealed that the police have detained youths who were allegedly involved in carrying out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on the websites of ministries and state agencies.
10 Dec 2016
A civil society group has called on people to engage in a social media campaign to prevent the junta’s lawmakers to pass the new draconian Computer Crime Bill.