Junta mulls ‘Great Firewall’ for Thailand


BANGKOK: Thailand’s junta is facing growing opposition over plans to introduce a single Internet gateway for the country in a bid to increase the government’s ability to monitor the web and block content. Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition against the proposal which has been dubbed the “Great Firewall of Thailand”—a play on China’s draconian internet censorship program – by commentators, analysts and netizens. News of the proposal first emerged last week when a cabinet order was unearthed by a Thai programmer and spread on social media. By Monday afternoon more than 72,000 people had signed a petition on Change.org calling on the government to abandon the proposal.



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