Internet Governance During Crisis: The Changing Landscape of Thailand
29 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2017
Date Written: December 2016
This article will explore how Thailand’s ongoing political crisis has impacted the ways in which the Internet is governed in the country. In particular, it will examine how both the 2006 and 2014 coups have been drivers for significant changes to Internet governance in the country, how these changes have been to used to strengthen the post-coup government’s hold on power, and the resulting impact on human rights in the country. Given the overlapping and intersecting sources of authority in Internet governance — be they political, legal, technical or economic — it is important for research to cross disciplinary boundaries to develop a holistic understanding of these issues. Using a mixed-methods approach, we combined legal and policy analyses with network measurements to argue that Thailand is an important case for highlighting how Internet governance is affected by political conflict and its consequences on human rights.
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