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The Analysis of the Computer Crime Act in Thailand

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Author(s) Danuvasin Charoen
On Pages 519-526
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 6
Issue Date June, 2012
Publishing Date June, 2012
Keywords Computer Crime Act, Computer Crimes, Computer Security, Freedom of Expression on Internet



Abstract

The Computer Crime Act has been enforced in Thailand for five years. However, it has already created a great deal of concern and controversy from both inside and outside the country. The Computer Crime Act has been an important legal tool for the Thai Government to shut down or block thousands of websites and to prosecute a large number of individuals. Especially, the act has been criticized as a violation of freedom of expression on the Internet, which can greatly impact the growth of the Internet market in Thailand. The purpose of this study is to explore some of the controversial issues surrounding the Computer Crime Act in Thailand. The paper contends that the Computer Crime Act is an overly punitive and largely ineffective approach to combating computer/Internet crime. This is a descriptive research, and the data collection involves document analysis. The data were collected from secondary sources, such as research databases, news, and reports. The Thai government can use the results of this study to amend the law, and the results of the study can also be used to guide any nation to formulate or revise its computer crime laws.

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