THAILAND: PM wants tighter curbs on internet

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has proposed stricter control of the internet to eliminate cyber crimes and abuse of information technology

Bangkok Post
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has proposed stricter control of the internet to eliminate cyber crimes and abuse of information technology.

Mr Thaksin said the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology would work with security agencies to clean up cyberspace.

"We need to look at websites offering gambling or sex services, and hackers and crackers who undermine security on the internet," he said.

Mr Thaksin called on the ICT Ministry's Cyber Inspector Team that oversees website censorship and internet services providers (ISP) to work harder to keep out bad content.

The premier, speaking to a gathering of ICT officials, said the ICT Ministry was working on e-Government, e-Commerce, e-Learning and e-Society projects.

Talking about e-Government, Mr Thaksin said power lay with people who knew how to use and distribute information.

He promised there would be no secrets between the government and the people, but said he still recognised limitations of information-sharing.

As for e-Learning, the prime minister said the ICT Ministry and the Education Ministry would work together to ensure people could make wise use of information technology. The digital divide should be eliminated, to make Thailand an e-Society. "In the future, everyone regardless of location will have access to IT. It shouldn't take more than five years," he said.