Thai Minister Admitted Internet Filtering Didn’t WorkAdded: Monday, November 29th, 2010
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The director of computer forensics for the country’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology was charged with overseeing the enacted Internet filtering regime. Finally, he came to a decision that the regime has simply become a burden on broadband providers because the length of the Blacklist is increasing fast. This way, the Minister would rather see the function of filtering left up to children’s parents and teachers. Meanwhile, observers of the industry, such as the Freedom Against Censorship Thailand point at the irony of its own website having been suspended for over 6 months now, even though it never hosted any unauthorized or uncivil material.
While the American government keeps mulling an Internet filtering regime of its own, trying to pass the COICA (Combating Online Infringement & Counterfeits Act), it needs to be noted that Thailand has already enacted a similar plan, which resulted in the Minister’s acknowledgment that the system simply doesn’t work.
Thongchai Sangsiri, charged with overseeing the online filtering plan, recently told an audience at the gathering at the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity cybersecurity forum that the prescribed blacklists are becoming too lengthy, thus causing difficulties for the broadband providers.
Meanwhile, Freedom Against Censorship Thailand group, which opposes the Internet filter in question, has recently sent a letter to the Thai’s Prime Minister. There the group also criticized the inefficiency of the plan and emphasized the irony that its website has been suspended for over six months now. However, the site hosts no illicit or uncivil material.
Sangrisi admitted that he actually believed that the whole Internet filtering regime was just a way to make the public believe the government is really doing something about regulating the web. It’s simply good for public image. The same may happen to the United States – after enacting the COICA, such rights owners like the RIAA or MPAA will believe that they have blocked access to foreign infringing websites, while in fact they will only force subscribers to reroute their traffic through proxies or VPNs.
Indeed, if the people of China have managed to defeat their Great Firewall of China, then the COICA, as a far more modest American proposal can’t be expected to be any more successful.
November 29th, 2010Posted by:
Monday, November 29th, 2010
|posted by (2010-11-29 19:52:16)|
|no matter what ever they think off it wont work piracy is here to stay think about it the first so called piracy date back to like 300 + years now its here to stay no matter what they do|
|posted by (2010-11-29 21:49:21)|
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