The State of Internet Censorship in Thailand

New OONI data reveals the blocking of 13 websites in Thailand across 6 different ISPs, between 6th November 2016 and 27th February 2017. Thai ISPs appear to primarily be implementing censorship through DNS hijacking and through the use of middle boxes (HTTP transparent proxies) which serve block pages.

The blocked sites include:

  • News outlets (nypost.com and dailymail.co.uk)
  • Wikileaks.org
  • Anonymity and censorship circumvention tool sites (e.g. hotspotshield.com)
  • Pornography

Since these sites were not found to be blocked across all 16 ISPs where tests were run, service providers in Thailand may be in a position to filter online content at their own discretion.

Read the research report here.

Publisher: Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), Sinar Project, and Thai Netizen Network

Publication date: 20th March 2017

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