You’re using the internet to post bad pictures of your even worse breakfast and hope to get a few likes from your family and the girl that has left you for your best friend a few years ago. But some people are using computers to fight for their freedom, their country, their loved ones. Like the young hackers in Thailand who started a cyber war against their own government.
In May 2014, Thailand’s royal army staged a coup and seized control of the country. Declaring a state of emergency, the ruling Junta began to crack down on civil liberties and silence dissent. A series of cyber laws have since been proposed that would increase the state’s power to control and monitor the internet. In response, activists have declared a cyber war on the Thai Junta.
While globally connected clusters like Blink Hackers Group attack police and other government websites, organisations like FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand urge tourists to boycott Thailand until the country becomes a true democracy with free speech and real choices. Until then, people who openly speak out against the Thai Junta keep disappearing.
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