Thailand Internet censorship is being implemented using two methods. One, the Thai police has placed an online roadblock to about 32,500 websites, which permanently prevents such sites from being viewed by Net users in the country. And two, the Communications Authority of Thailand has additionally filtered an undisclosed number of websites right at the country’s Internet gateway. To censor a website, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology sends a request to each of the 50 or so non-profit and commercial ISPs in the country. Any Internet service provider that fails to blacklist a requested website will be reprimanded by the government via cancellation of licenses or restriction on bandwidth capacity.
For fear of sanctions, local ISPs strictly abide by Thailand Internet censorship. Just three years ago, the country’s communications ministry requested for approximately 2,500 websites to be blocked. A year after that, the number of blocked websites increased to more than 13,000 which represents over 500% rise in blacklisted sites. Today, the number of websites censored by the ministry through local ISPs is largely unknown. The reasons for blocking websites remain to be undisclosed to the public. We can help you unblock hi5 .... unblock websites!
Many Internet users feel that the rules regarding Thailand Internet censorship are mainly based on the government’s whims. In 2008, an article about the country’s reigning king featured on the most popular online encyclopedia to date was asked by the communications ministry to be censored. The government has also spent millions of dollars for an Internet gateway system that will block any harsh comments on the country’s supreme ruler. The same system can also be used to blacklist sites owned by terrorists and those that deal in pornography. It must be emphasized, though, that all the steps taken by the government to censor inappropriate websites are all within the bounds of the local laws. As a matter of fact, blocking certain websites is aimed at safeguarding the privacy of millions of Internet users in the country.
But not all websites that have been blacklisted under Thailand Internet censorship policies are unpleasant or bad like suspicious sites that steal credit card information which, in turn, are now being stopped via restrictions in cyberspace. Still, if you want to enjoy unhindered access to websites and other Internet services, your best option is to establish a virtual private network that can bypass the public network.
Some internet service providers in Thailand include: Data Line Thai - Datamat Group, Far East Internet Co.,Ltd. - IFEC, Internet Thailand Company, Internet KSC, Anet - Anet Co, Asia Infonet, CS Lox Info, Idea Net, Jasmine Internet, Samart InfoNet, United Broadband Technology UBT
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