Thailand’s junta is facing growing opposition over plans to introduce a single Internet gateway for the country to make it easier 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 programme — 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.
The cabinet statement, published quietly on a government news website, ordered the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology to “set up a single gateway in order to use it as a tool to control inappropriate websites and information flows from other countries via the Internet”.
A ministry spokesman Monday confirmed to AFP that they were working on the plans and aimed to update the public on the proposals within a week.
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