Civil society organizations urge junta parliament to halt digital economy bills

Four leading civil society organizations on Tuesday submitted an open letter to the junta-appointed parliament to hear more opinions from the people on the controversial digital economy bills. 
 
The four are the Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture (FICC) aka the Thai Netizen Network (TNN), the Institution for the Development of Citizen Media, Green World Foundation, and the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand.   
 
They submitted the open letter to representatives of the National Legislative Assembly and the Constitutional Drafting Committee. 
 
Sarinee Achavanuntakul, the President of FICC, told the NLA representatives that because the bills will gravely affect the rights and liberties of Thai citizens, the bills should be carefully deliberated and people’s opinions on the bills should be heard. 
 
The digital economy bills comprise 13 bills in total. The TNN said they are in fact online national security bills in disguise which will give the state unprecedented powers of mass surveillance and control over communications in the name of national security. 
 
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