Thai Netizen Network (TNN)
Without any explanation, Thailand has blocked access to the online edition of the New York Post. According to Thai Netizen Network (TNN), the website has been blocked since 23 February by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society.
A series of cyber-attacks have been launched against Thai government websites in response to the recent passage of the Computer Crime Act, which will strengthen state censorship power and online surveillance. After the junta’s rubber-stamp National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the amendment to the controversial Computer Crimes Act on 16 December, various government websites have been shut down by cyber-attacks. Various actors have claimed responsibility for
Alarm has been raised over last minute changes to the controversial Computer Crime Bill that the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will vote on tomorrow.
More than 300,000 Thais have signed a petition opposing the new Computer Crime Bill that will allow greater government control over information online. On 15 December 2016, representatives of the Thai Netizen Network (TNN) and Amnesty International (AI) submitted the signatures to the President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the junta-appointed law-making body.
The amended version of the controversial Computer Crime Act will give the Thai authorities a blank check to close down websites as the regime wishes, said an internet freedom advocate.
The “Computer Crimes Act” of Thailand was amended this year to change, add, and remove various aspects. Although many articles have been amended, and even improved in some cases, there are still critical issues found within the current and proposed legislation.
Civil society groups have urged lawmakers not to pass the new Computer Crime Bill, as it further violates the rights to freedom of expression and to privacy. Representatives from the Thai Netizen Network (TNN), an internet freedom advocacy group, on Thursday, 6 July 2016, submitted a petition to Peerasak Porjit, Deputy President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), urging the authorities to halt the process to pass the amended version of the Computer Crime Act.
The proposed amendments to the controversial Computer Crime Act will increase online surveillance and censorship by expanding legal boundaries and obliging Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to comply with government censorship measures.
International rights organisations have expressed concerns that the amendment of the Computer Crime Act might violate the rights to freedom of expression and to privacy. On Thursday, 26 May 2016, Amnesty International, the Thai Netizen Network (TNN) and Privacy International handed a joint statement to Pol Gen Chatchawan Suksomjit, Chair of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) committee vetting the amended version of the Computer Crime Act.
Personal information about foreigners living in southern Thailand was leaked on a website with the logo of the Thai Immigration Bureau. The website was taken down after Thai media reported it. Thai Netizen Network reported on Sunday, 28 March 2016, that they found a website which revealed the name, visa status, passport number and address of foreigners living in southern Thailand.