Pheu Thai opposes single internet gateway

Pheu Thai opposes single internet gateway

The Pheu Thai Party has declared its opposition to the single internet gateway being considered by the government, saying it would do more harm than good.

Anudith Nakornthap, Pheu Thai's former minister of information and communication technology, and Pheu Thai's deputy spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard announced the party's stand on Thursday.

Anudith Nakornthap

They said that while a single gateway, instead of multiple gateways as at present, would allow authorities to more easily block inappropriate websites, it would have many negative impacts.

A single gateway handling a lot of data would slow down internet services and might cause nationwide internet services to collapse totally if there was a technical problem.

That would have a huge impact on business and Thailand would have no chance to become a centre of Asean's digital economy.

They also warned that controls placed on a single gateway might limit freedom of expression and the privacy of internet users.

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