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<div>After launching a monitoring centre to suppress online lèse majesté content, the Thai Army has developed intensive courses for its staff that cover basic hacking skills and cyber security.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 8 November 2016, the Royal Thai Army <a> </a></div>
<p>The junta leader has admitted that one of the prime goals of the controversial digital economy bills is to catch lèse majesté suspects and did not deny reports concerning Thai authorities’ implementation of software for mass surveillance.</p> <p>At Government House on Thursday morning, Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader, revealed to the press that among the prime objectives of the controversial Digital Economy Bill and Cyber Security Bill is a crackdown on online lèse majesté content.</p>
<p>The Defence Minister has ordered all military units to monitor and subdue any subversive actions against the monarchy in cyber space and at political rallies. &nbsp;But months before this order, Provincial Army ROTC Training Centre 33, based in Chiang Mai, had already had high school students vow their loyalty on YouTube, and recently set up a web service for any citizen to report offensive websites.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB">A police IT task force has been set up to monitor websites and track down those who offend the monarchy.<span>&nbsp; </span>Police find it difficult to deal with websites whose servers are located abroad.<span>&nbsp; </span>The Crime Suppression Division is investigating Thaksin&rsquo;s phone-ins, and charges are likely to be made. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p>
By Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor |
<p>BANGKOK, THAILAND - Using a combination of high-tech online sleuthing and a century-old royal defamation law, Thai authorities are tightening the screws on free speech here during a sensitive time for its influential monarchy.</p>
<p>On July 27, Danny O'Brien, International Coordinator of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), expressed his astonishment at learning that the Minister of Information and Communications Technology had revealed that the ministry had already dealt with 16,944 URLs with improper content.</p>
<p>Thai Netizen Network with support from Media Legal Defense Initiative (MLDI) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) would like to invite you to a seminar on&nbsp;Cyber-Crime laws: Global perspectives and Legal practice.</p>