Thai Clampdown on Internet Traffic Worries Companies

Posted in: Censorship at 16/09/2011 00:02

Global companies are growing increasingly worried that Thailand's recent clamp-down on Internet traffic might drag down the country's economic potential and make it more difficult to expand there.

Internet monitoring laws, introduced four years ago, were designed to root out online fraud and boost e-commerce in this tropical Buddhist kingdom. Instead, critics say, the legislation is being used to police the Web for political content, which in turn is starting to alarm investors, including a key industry group comprising global names such as Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and eBay Inc., many of which now operate here.

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