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July 11, 2014

BBC plans to expand past Facebook in Thailand

BBC plans to expand past Facebook in Thailand


Published July 10, 2014 3:20 pm

Updated July 10, 2014 9:31 pm

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Armed Thai soldiers

Armed Thai soldiers and local officials inspect the Patong beach during a cleanup operation in Phuket, southern Thailand. (AP Photo/Krissada Mueanhawong)

On Thursday, the BBC launched a Thai news feed through Facebook to help get news in and out of a country with a military that has tightly controlled information since it took over in a coup in May.

And they’re planning to expand to other social media platforms, Charlotte Morgan, head of International Communications for BBC News, told Poynter in an e-mail. Facebook will be the BBC’s content management system using the Notes feature, she said, and the BBC is focusing on publishing short stories with four to five paragraphs.

“The content will be around international news, international reactions to the situation in Thailand, news from Thailand – through the BBC and also content from agencies, Thai media, stringers and social newsgathering,” Morgan said.

That news will be multimedia, Morgan said, with audio and video when possible.

“It’s similar to the approach we’ve taken with BBC Turkish which is now a ‘social first’ service, but Thai is the first to be launched exclusively on social media,” she said, adding that the BBC is increasing social media for all the languages it produces news for.

When asked if the network fears Facebook getting blocked in Thailand, Morgan said: “We know that social media is a key source of news in Thailand at the moment and we call on all countries to provide free and open access to media.”

On Wednesday, Damien McElroy reported for The Telegraph about the new service and the popularity of Facebook in Thailand, noting that in a population with 67 million, 24 million are Facebook users. BBC Thai had more than 26,000 likes by 3 p.m. Eastern.

Earlier on Thursday, Poynter wrote about the new feed and the coup that led to many media outlets getting shut out of Thailand.

On Wednesday, Reporters Without Borders wrote that Thai military are monitoring Facebook and “a political message there can put a journalist behind bars.” Thanapol Eawsakul, a magazine editor, was arrested and jailed for four days after posting comments on Facebook.

Upon his release, authorities had demanded that the journalist promise in writing to abstain from political activities that could generate social unrest. Precisely what Eawsakul wrote in the Facebook post that led to his subsequent arrest is not known. But the authorities are engaging in a widespread crackdown on social media, especially Facebook.

July 11, 2014

Laos’s Facebook: Inappropriate Facebook use could be blocked


Inappropriate Facebook use could be blocked

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Internet users who use social media such as Facebook to circulate false information or any use targeting to disrupt social order or undermine security could have their accounts blocked, a minister has said.

Minister of Post and Telecommunications Hiem Phommachanh told the ongoing ordinary session of the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday that technical officials are working on the matter.

The technical officials are working in an attempt to block false information and some accounts that target to tarnish the reputation of individuals, disrupt social order, and tarnish the image of the country and the government, the minister said.

But, Mr Hiem confirmed that Laos will not block the whole Facebook system, saying that social media is also useful for daily activities.

Among its positive aspects, social media can be used as a channel to exchange views, information and sharing lessons as well as advertisements among members of the public and businesses, the minister said.

He added that allowing people to access Facebook is also in line with Laos’s policy to switch from an agriculture-based economy to one with modernised industries and policy to integrate it with the outside world.

Facebook has rapidly beco me popular among users worldwide and in Laos. The number of Lao Facebook users has more than doubled from only about 200,000 users two years ago to 530,000 users as of May 2, 2014.

Officials said some users have signed up by not using their real names making it more difficult to find out their real identities.

Recently, some users were found circulating false information with officials alleging the users targeted to disrupt social order and undermine security.

In light of such inappropriate use, relevant authorities are drafting particular legal documents to regulate the use of social media – the move stirred up public discussion on what degree social media will be regulated or restricted.

The legal documents being drafted include Cybercrime Law, Information and Technology L aw, and a Prime Ministerial Decree on the management of information through the internet.

The documents are expected to be complete this year, according to Acting Director General of the Lao National Internet Centre, under the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Mr Keovisouk Solaphom.

He agreed that social media plays an important role in spreading useful and important information to keep members of the public updated with what is happening in society and across the globe.

Many have been using it for trading and advertising purposes. All these have contributed to socio-economic development, the director said.

Director General of the Media Department, under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Pinpratthana Phanthamaly echoed the important role social media is playing including disseminating Party and government policies. He added that the government encourages appropriate use of social media.

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ไปดูพี่น้องมวลมหาประชาชนชาวเวียง แห่ช้อปปิ้งฝั่งไทยรถติดยาวเหยียด

“ເປັນຫຍັງ ຄົນລາວ ມັກໄປຊື້ສິ່ງຂອງຢູ່ປະເທດໄທຍ?” เป็นคำถามใหญ่ที่ตั้งขึ้นมาประกอบภาพที่เผยแพร่ในเว็บบล็อกลาวโฮมลาวซึ่ง ระบุว่าเป็นเหตุการณ์เมื่อวันศุกร์ 4 ก.ค.2557 และภาพเดียวกันนี้ถูกแชร์ต่อๆกันไปอย่างกว้างขวาง

ชาวเน็ตอีกจำนวนหนึ่งบอกว่า บรรดาผู้ที่ข้ามแดน “นำเงินออกนอก” นั้นส่วนใหญ่เป็นลูกหลานหรือสมาชิกครอบครัวของเหล่ารัฐกร (เจ้าหน้าที่รัฐ) ที่เงินเดือนไม่มากแต่มีรายได้หลักจากการฉ้อราษฎร์บังหลวง และใช้เงินมือเติบ เป็นผู้บั่นทอนเศรษฐกิจของชาติเสียเอง ในขณะที่ราษฎรทั่วไปไม่อาจทำเช่นนี้ได้.  More

May 28, 2014

“ปลัดไอซีที” ของไทย ยอมรับลงมือบล็อกเฟซบุ๊กชั่วคราวจริง – Thai ministry sparks alarm with brief block of Facebook


รอยเตอร์ตีข่าวทั่วโลก “ปลัดไอซีที” ของไทย ยอมรับลงมือบล็อกเฟซบุ๊กชั่วคราวจริง

 วันที่ 29 พฤษภาคม พ.ศ. 2557 เวลา 02:39 น.  ข่าวสดออนไลน์

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วันที่ 28 พ.ค. ผู้สื่อข่าวรายงานว่า สำนักข่าวรอยเตอร์รายงานข่าวหัวข้อ “Thai ministry sparks alarm with brief block of Facebook.” อ้างคำให้สัมภาษณ์ของนายสุรชัย ศรีสารคาม ปลัดกระทรวงเทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศและการสื่อสาร (ไอซีที) ซึ่งยอมรับกับรอยเตอร์ว่า เหตุสับสนอลหม่านกรณีนักท่องเน็ตชาวไทยเข้าเว็บโซเชียลมีเดียชื่อดัง “เฟซบุ๊ก” ไม่ได้ราวๆ 30 นาทีนั้นเป็นเพราะว่าทางกระทรวงไอซีที ทำการ “บล็อก” การเข้าถึงเฟซบุ๊กชั่วคราวนั่นเอง

 โดยประโยคที่รอยเตอร์รายงานคำพูดดังกล่าวของปลัดสุรชัยคือ “We have blocked Facebook temporarily and tomorrow we will call a meeting with other social media, like Twitter and Instagram, to ask for cooperation from them,” Surachai Srisaracam, permanent secretary of the Information and Communications Technology Ministry, told Reuters.
“Right now there′s a campaign to ask for people to stage protests against the army so we need to ask for cooperation from social media to help us stop the spread of critical messages about the coup,” he said.”
 ทั้งนี้ คำแปลประโยคข้างต้น มีดังนี้ “เราบล็อกเฟซบุ๊กชั่วคราว และพรุ่งนี้ (29 พ.ค.57) เราจะเรียกประชุมร่วมกับโซเชียลมีเดียอื่นๆ เช่น ทวิตเตอร์ และอินสตาแกรม เพื่อขอความร่วมมือ / ขณะนี้มีการณรงค์ให้ประชาชนออกมาประท้วงกองทัพ ดังนั้นเราจึงต้องขอความร่วมมือจากผู้ให้บริการโซเชียลมีเดีย ในการช่วยเราหยุดการเผยแพร่เสียงวิพากษ์วิจารณ์การทำรัฐประหาร”
 นอกจากนั้นรอยเตอร์ ยังอ้างแหล่งข่าวอาวุโสในกระทรวงไอซีที เผยว่า เฟซบุ๊กในไทยถูกบล็อก เพื่อขัดขวางยับยั้งการเผยแพร่เสียงวิพากษ์วิจารณ์กองทัพหลังก่อรัฐประหาร 22 พ.ค. 57
 สำหรับต้นฉบับข่าวภาษาอังกฤษ มีดังนี้
BANGKOK Wed May 28, 2014 5:12pm IST




Thai ministry sparks alarm with brief block of Facebook

BANGKOK Wed May 28, 2014 5:12pm IST

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Demonstrators hold up signs during a protest against military rule at Victory Monument in Bangkok May 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Demonstrators hold up signs during a protest against military rule at Victory Monument in Bangkok May 27, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

(Reuters) – Thai Facebook users were alarmed on Wednesday when the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry blocked access to the site at the request of the military, but the junta blamed the brief shutdown on a technical problem.

Tweets, email and instant messenger traffic went into overdrive as confused users rushed to find out what had happened to Facebook, a site used by millions of Thais but inaccessible for about 30 minutes in the afternoon.

A senior ICT ministry official confirmed the site had been blocked to thwart the spread of online criticism of the military in the wake of a May 22 coup.

“We have blocked Facebook temporarily and tomorrow we will call a meeting with other social media, like Twitter and Instagram, to ask for cooperation from them,” Surachai Srisaracam, permanent secretary of the Information and Communications Technology Ministry, told Reuters.

“Right now there’s a campaign to ask for people to stage protests against the army so we need to ask for cooperation from social media to help us stop the spread of critical messages about the coup,” he said.

Small protests have taken place daily against the regime, organised mainly on social media, testing the military as it seeks to assert its influence over the media and curtail dissent.

The junta has banned gatherings, imposed a curfew, arrested scores of activists and politicians and told print and broadcast media to refrain from critical reporting of the military. Foreign news channels like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera have been blocked.

Small, brief protests have taken place in Bangkok as well as the northern and northeastern strongholds of the ousted government, erupting more like flash mobs than political rallies.

The military has also warned people not to spread what it considers provocative material on social media.


As Facebook went back online, a military official quickly appeared on television channels to reassure the public that the site had not been blocked and normal service would resume.

A spokeswoman blamed the outage on a gateway glitch.

“We have no policy to block Facebook and we have assigned the ICT ministry to set up a supervisory committee to follow social media and investigate and solve problems,” said Sirichan Ngathong, spokeswoman for the military council.

“There’s been some technical problems with the internet gateway,” she said, adding that the authorities were working with internet service providers to fix the problem urgently.

The ICT ministry’s hotlines were flooded with calls, and Twitter, WhatsApp and LINE were inundated with messages.

Posing for a “selfie” photo with his mobile phone, a policeman at a protest in downtown Bangkok said he doubted the government would go as far as shutting off social networking sites.

“Why would they block Facebook?,” he said. “That would be madness.”

But an office worker said there was too much vitriol on social media and blocking it would do no harm.

“If they’ve blocked Facebook then it’s a good thing. There’s too much information and hatred on social media,” said Jay Jantavee, passing through Bangkok’s bustling Victory Monument district.

(Reporting by Manunphattr Dhanananphorn, Panarat Thepgumpanat and Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Robert Birsel)


December 21, 2010

FCC set to enact new rules affecting Internet access


By Cecilia Kang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 21, 2010; 2:03 AM


Federal regulators are poised to enact controversial new rules affecting Internet access, marking the government’s strongest move yet to ensure that Facebook updates, Google searches and Skype calls reach consumers’ homes unimpeded.

Under the regulations, companies that carry the Internet into American homes would not be allowed to block Web sites that offer rival services, nor would they be permitted to play favorites by dividing delivery of Internet content into fast and slow lanes.

The rules are set to win passage in a vote Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission, after a majority of the panel’s five members said they planned to vote in favor of the measure.

The proposal, pushed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, seeks to add teeth to a principle known as net neutrality, which calls for all legal Internet traffic to be treated equally. It means that a cable company such as Comcast could not slow traffic of Netflix video, while a wireless carrier such as Verizon Wireless could not block competing Web voice services, such as Vonage.

The FCC’s move comes amid a broad shift in consumer habits, as people gradually replace traditional phone and cable television services with comparable services offered via the Internet. Public interest groups have urged regulators to stay abreast of this change, arguing that major phone and cable companies could use their control of broadband networks to stifle those upstart rivals and limit consumers’ options.

“While not as strong as they could be, [the rules] will nonetheless protect consumers as they explore, learn and innovate online,” Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing that she will vote in favor of the regulations.

However, the FCC’s authority over broadband networks remains uncertain. A federal court ruling in May cast doubt on whether Internet access fell within the agency’s jurisdiction. The net-neutrality rules subject to Tuesday’s vote are widely expected to face a court test, and they could be challenged on Capitol Hill by the Republicans who will assume control of the House in January.

The proposal falls short of what some consumer advocates had sought. Although it would prevent wireless carriers from blocking competing voice services on smartphones, it would allow them to charge more for other types of Internet applications, such as video or social networking services.

The rules would prohibit Internet providers from arbitrarily blocking or slowing delivery of online services, but they could strike business deals in which a company might pay extra for faster access to consumers.

The proposal marks a compromise after more than a year of wrangling by the FCC, phone and cable giants, and brand-name Internet firms such as Google and Facebook. Some carriers and high-tech firms say the proposal strikes a good balance between protecting consumers and preserving the ability to compete.

“These rules will increase certainty in the marketplace; spur investment both at the edge and in the core of our broadband networks, and contribute to a 21st century job-creation engine in the United States,” Genachowski said in an excerpt of prepared remarks released Monday night.

But some Internet companies and Republican lawmakers say the FCC’s new regulations will restrict network operators, making it harder for Internet service providers to invest in faster networks that reach more homes.

Rebecca Arbogast, an investment analyst for Stifel Nicolaus, said that the rules are written so they can be broadly interpreted and that questions remain about the real impact on Internet video. It’s unclear whether a company such as Comcast could in effect give its video-on-demand service priority over competitors such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon by charging them more to transmit high volumes of data, she said.

“I think there is a lot of hard work ahead that will be over these kinds of issues,” she said. The FCC is deliberating a proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal that will deal with some of the same matters.

Wireless networks aren’t covered as broadly by the rules, and that worries public interest groups as more people turn to smartphones and tablets to watch TV shows, do research for homework and find news.

“The inadequate protections for wireless technologies are especially troublesome, as wireless services provide an onramp to the Internet for many of the nation’s poor and minority citizens,” said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, policy director for the Media Access Project.

But some FCC members said the regulations, which won’t be fully public for at least a few days after the vote, are an important first step for the government.

“If vigilantly and vigorously implemented by the Commission – and if upheld by the courts – it could represent an important milestone in the ongoing struggle to safeguard the awesome opportunity-creating power of the open Internet,” Democratic Commissioner Michael J. Copps said in a statement.

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