Criticisms increase over Thailand government bills to tighten cyber security

Thailand’s military government is pushing ahead with several bills to tighten cyber security, but many critics say the move could result in increased online surveillance, raising concerns over personal privacy. Wednesday’s parliamentary public hearing on the amendment of the Computer Crime Act received mixed responses. Some expressed concern over the law’s vague definition of what …

US Govt. Warns of unacceptable China’s internet rules and aggressive cyber authority

The the US government through the assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling and state department ambassador Daniel Sepulveda have warned that Chinese government could fragment the internet if it pursues new registration rules for online addresses. The warning is in response to a decision by the Chinese government in late March to require all domain names …

EFF: South Africa’s Draft Online Internet law is Africa’s Worst Cyber Censorship legislation

According to a south African’ internet blog, The Draft Online Regulation Policy proposed by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) is far-reaching and absolute in its censorship, with little clarity on practical implementation.   This is according to commentators on a recent Carte Blanche insert about the Internet censorship which will accompany the bill.   The …

The Internet Balkanization Fragmentation

  Recent references to the dangers of “Internet balkanization” are all over the media. The term has been used to describe a variety of regulatory alternatives being considered or adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Brazil, Russia, India, China, Iran, Turkey, Europe and others. The diversity of the group suggests they cannot be doing …

Ukraine is in turmoil, but it’s still online. Here’s why

After months of domestic unrest, Ukraine now has Russian troops and a potential international crisis brewing in Crimea. On Friday, reports surfaced that Ukrtelecom, the country’s largest telecom provider, had suffered a major outage in Crimea — with UPI reporting the company alleged phone and Internet services were almost entirely down in the region after …