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Police say people have nothing to worry about with its proposed procurement of a web censoring system since it won't be used inappropriately.

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Chalerm tries to defend lese majeste detector

Pradit Ruangdit, Manop Thip-Osod & King-Oua Laohong

The government yesterday calmed fears civil rights would be threatened if it adopts a tighter monitoring system to counter anti-monarchy messages on the internet.

The proposed procurement of "a lawful interception (LI) system", estimated at 400 million baht, was unveiled yesterday during a press briefing by a government panel to crack down on lese majeste on the internet.

The panel was headed by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung.

Pol Col Siripong Timula, deputy commander of Technology Crime Suppression Division, assured that the LI system would not be used extensively, but would be allowed by a court order.

"To curb anxiety, I'd like to stress that the system must be applied under the law, which means it must be approved by a court. So there is no need to fear violations of rights," he said.

Mr Chalerm said Wednesday the procurement of the LI system was proof that the government and his committee were taking the issue seriously.

He said police and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology would have to integrate their work. The proposed procurement was approved in principle by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, he said.

Mr Chalerm said he believes the LI system was worth the money.

The plan drew criticism from Democrat MP for Songkhla Sirichoke Sopha who lambasted the ICT ministry for failing to enforce the Computer Crime Act and block unlawful or inappropriate content.

"The problem is not with the tool, but the ICT Ministry," he said.

He also called on Mr Chalerm and ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap to conduct more research into network security.

Warin Thiamcharas, adviser to the Senate committee on human rights and consumer protection, voiced disagreement with the proposed procurement of the LI system.

He said that a clear policy and political will are effective enough in cracking down on inappropriate websites.

However, Mr Warin said that using the device to intercept communications deemed offensive to the monarchy was not illegal.

Meanwhile, the Lawyers Council of Thailand yesterday called for the establishment of a special unit to monitor and take action against internet content deemed insulting to the monarchy.

The council also said wrongdoers should be separated into two groups: those with an intent to topple the monarchy and those who act with ignorance.

The former should be prosecuted according to law while the latter encouraged to have a better understanding.

firewall – a part of a computer system that prevents people from getting at information without permission, but still allows them to receive information that is sent to them ด่านกันบุกรุก
defend – to say things to support someone or something ปกป้อง
lese majeste – the crime of offending, threatening or showing disrespect for a member of the royal family หมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ
detector – a device used to find particular substances or things, or measure their level เครื่องตรวจจับ
calm – to cause to be peaceful and quiet; without anxiety ทำให้ใจเย็น,ทำให้ไม่ตื่นเต้น, ทำให้สงบ
civil rights – the basic rights that people in society should have สิทธิพื้นฐานของพลเมือง
threatened – at risk; in danger ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
adopt – to accept or to start using something new นำมาใช้
tight – very strict and firm  เข้มงวด, กวดขัน, เคร่งระเบียบ
monitoring – regularly checking something การจับตาดู, การตรวจตรา,  การเฝ้าระมัดระวัง
counter – to go against ต้าน
(the) monarchy – the royal institution (higher institution); the throne; the crown ระบอบประชาธิปไตยอันมีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
proposed – suggested as an idea for a group to consider ถูกเสนอ
procurement – the process of buying supplies or equipment for a government department or company การจัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ
lawful – not against the law; officially accepted by the government or another authority ซึ่งถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย
interception – the process of stopping, hitting, catching or controlling someone or something while they are doing something  สกัดจับ
estimated – thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available ประมาณการ
unveil – to announce something that was not known before เปิดเผย
press – newspapers and magazines, and those parts of television and radio which broadcast news, or reporters and photographers who work for them สื่อมวลชน
briefing – a meeting in which people receive information or instruction คำแถลงการณ์สั้น,สรุปแบบสั้นๆ
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
crack down – to make a determined effort to stop people from doing something bad or illegal กำจัด
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
commander – a police offer of high rank ผู้บังคับบัญชา
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity  การปราบปราม
assure – to tell something that something is true or will definitely happen ให้ความมั่นใจ, ยืนยัน
extensively – widely อย่างกว้างขวาง
curb – to control or limit something that is harmful ระงับ
anxiety – an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future ความวิตกกังวล
stress – to emphasise something; to say that something is important เน้นย้ำ
apply – to make use of something นำมาใช้
approve – to give official permission อนุมัต
violation – an action that is against a law, agreement, principle, etc. การฝ่าฝืน
proof – information, documents, etc. that show that something is true  การพิสูจน์
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
integrate – to combine things of different types in one effective system รวมเข้าด้วยกัน
in principle – in general terms without knowing the details or whether something is really possible โดยหลัก
worth (it)  – useful, important or good enough to be a suitable reward for the time spent or the effort made คุ้มค่ากับความพยายาม
draw – to attract ดึงดูด
criticism – comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad การวิจารณ์
lambast – to criticise someone or something severely
enforce – to make sure laws are obeyed บังคับให้ใช้,  บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
Act – a law passed by a country’s government พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ
inappropriate – unsuitable ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
content – the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing, radio or television programme, etc., deals with เนื้อหา, สาระ
conduct – to do something in an organised way; to carry out — ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
research – a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it การวิจัย
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
Senate – one of the two groups of politicians who make laws in some countries, for example in the US, Australia, Canada and Thailand วุฒิสภา
human rights – the basic rights which it is generally considered all people should have, such as justice and the freedom to say what you think สิทธิมนุษยชน
consumer – someone who buys and uses goods and services ผู้บริโภค
voice – to express your feelings or opinions ออกความคิด
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
will – a determination to do something, despite any difficulties or opposition ความตั้งใจ
effective – producing the result that was intended ได้ผลดี
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
deem – to consider เห็นว่า ถือว่า
offensive – causing someone to become upset or angry; rude ซึ่งทำให้ไม่พอใจ,น่ารังเกียจ
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
establishment – the process of starting or creating something การสถาปนา, การก่อตั้ง, การจัดตั้ง
unit – a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose หน่วย,กอง,กลุ่ม
separate – to keep or put apart แยก
intent – your plan or purpose จุดประสงค์
topple – to force out of power; to cause to fall (also oust, unseat or overthrow)  โค่นอำนาจ
ignorance – a lack of knowledge or information about something  ความไม่รู้
former – used to refer to the first of two things or people mentioned อย่างแรก,ตัวแรก(ของที่พูดถึงก่อน)
prosecute – to officially accuse someone of a crime and ask a court of law to judge them ดำเนินคดี
latter – used for referring to the second of two people, things, or groups that have just been mentioned อันหลัง,ครึ่งหลัง,ส่วนที่สอง
encourage – to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen ปลุกใจ

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