Since I’ve been talking a lot about freedom in my previous post, I’d like to share some local event of my country, which is also related to the same theme, with you. Last month the ICT (Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Thailand) announced that they would have all the internet providers in the country install the ‘Sniffer’ at their internet gateways. Sniffer would monitor and report all data traveling through the gateways to the ICT.
What they said:
The ICT wanted to eradicate all illegal file sharing and content piracy once and for all. They gave us their word that the netizen’s personal data would be kept safe.
Here is the interesting fact:
Just last year, the ICT homepage had been hacked and the culprit is still at large. And they dared promising the safety of every people’s personal data?! Seriously?!
This is what it all means:
The ICT was either very evil or unforgivably stupid. Collecting everybody’s personal data just to catch a few bad guys is simply outrageous. Didn’t they know anything about human rights to privacy? It was like letting some strangers read all your mails before delivering to your house. It’s like letting the cops install security camera in your bath room. If Sniffer were put to real use, then THEY WOULD BE THE BAD GUYS!
What happens around the net:
There is overwhelming rage in the Thai online community. ThaiNoSniff movement begins and anyone who is opposed to this Sniffer idea may make a stand by putting ‘#ThaiNoSniff’ on his/her social network place like Twitter or Facebook.
A few words from me:
Dear the minister of ICT, please do everyone a favor and throw yourself from a fifty story building or just shoot yourself in the head!
Thanks a lot for reading all the way through. I’m sure that most of you, my readers, have nothing to do with this problem but I just want to share it with you as a friend. You know, such things like freedom, human rights and privacy are extremely valuable and they are easily taken away if you’re not careful.
Image source: http://champ.exteen.com/20100121/baby-don-t-sniff