Bad Timing to be Boosting ‘Online Security’?

 | Thu 13 Jun 2013 13:18 ICT

CityNews – Following the world breaking news of whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who recently publicly denounced The National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance programme, Thailand’s government held its first ‘cyber security’ meeting June 11th in Bangkok in an effort to protect the country against ‘threats’ and improve ‘national security’.  

Fear of Facebook is rampant these days

PM Yingluck Shinawatra, who chaired the meeting, discussed with other relevant agencies eight areas of cyber security. It was discussed that awareness needed to be raised about online threats, and also maintaining the law online.

The Thai Computer Emergency Response Team (ThaiCERT) has vouched to keep Thailand safe from threats.  The Thai police force will uphold the law online.

How these moves will be affected exactly is still a mystery. At a time when George Orwell’s name, and his book 1984, is spilling out of social media in consequence of the realization that nobody’s online life is private, talks about Thailand’s cyber security may have waited.