Reuters: K-pop’s social media power spurs Thailand’s youth protests. “From raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Thai protesters to inspiring the youths who join demonstrations through dances and social media, K-pop fans have emerged as a potent political force in Thailand’s anti-government movement.”
Chiang Rai Times: Posting a Protest Selfie on Facebook in Thailand Could Land You in Jail. “Social media in Thailand is playing an important role in anti-government protests, now the government warns over selfies at rallies. The Thai Government has announced plans to take legal action against those using social media accounts to publicize the anti-government protests, which includes posting selfies on Facebook from rallies.”
Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive. “Today we are disclosing five distinct networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations. The accounts that we have published in our archive today – the only archive of its kind in the industry – include independent information operations that we have attributed to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand and Russia.”
New York Times: American Could Face Prison in Thailand After Posting Negative Reviews of a Resort. “An American man who lives in Thailand was unhappy that a resort hotel wanted to charge him a $15 corkage fee for bringing his own bottle of gin to the restaurant. He argued with a manager and then later did what has become second nature for disgruntled tourists: He posted negative reviews of the resort online.” Apparently the resort is willing to settle with the guest, but I don’t know if it happened. No recent news on a quick search.
Reuters: Thailand to start legal action vs Facebook, Google, Twitter over content. “Thailand’s digital ministry said on Wednesday it would start legal action against Facebook, Twitter and Google this week for ignoring some requests to take down content, in what would be the country’s first such cases against major internet firms.”
BBC: Facebook blocks Thai access to group critical of monarchy. “Facebook has blocked access in Thailand to a million-member group discussing the monarchy, after the Thai government threatened legal action. The firm told the BBC it was preparing its own legal action to respond to the pressure from Bangkok.”
Straits Times: Thai minister says clampdown on social media content won’t stop as Facebook plans to fight order. “Thailand’s digital minister vowed not to relent on Wednesday (Aug 26) in a crackdown on social media content deemed illegal. It was also unlikely that Facebook would follow through on plans to challenge an order to block access to a group critical of the Thai monarchy, the minister said. The ‘Royalist Marketplace’ group, which had more than one million members, was blocked within Thailand late on Monday after the Digital Ministry threatened legal action against Facebook under the country’s Computer Crime Act.”
Slator: Thai Mistranslation Shows Risk of Auto-Translating Social Media Content. “After a machine translation of a post from English into Thai about the King’s birthday proved offensive to the Thai monarchy, Facebook Thailand said it was deactivating auto-translate on Facebook and Instagram, revamping machine translation (MT) quality, and offering the Thai people its ‘profound apology.'”
TechCrunch: A massive database of 8 billion Thai internet records leaks. “Thailand’s largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. Security researcher Justin Paine said in a blog post that he found the database, containing DNS queries and Netflow data, on the internet without a password. With access to this database, Paine said that anyone could ‘quickly paint a picture’ about what an internet user (or their household) does in real-time.”
SupChina: Chinese Nationalists And Thai Meme-Creators Face Off On Twitter. “When Thai actor Vachirawit Chivaaree retweeted a photo of Hong Kong last week, he didn’t intend to set off a Thai-China political dispute. But what happened next was one part dystopian sci-fi, and one part a regular occurrence in the age of Chinese nationalist trolls: They attacked. He apologized. And a bizarre sequence of events happened. Here’s how the saga unfolded.”
BusinessWire: NTT DATA Creates and Makes Public a Digital Archive of the Historical Cultural Heritage of the ASEAN Region (PRESS RELEASE). “NTT DATA Corporation has built a digital archive system for the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project, being conducted by the ASEAN Secretariat to digitize the valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN countries. The first phase of this project has been completed, with a digital archive created of 160 cultural assets from Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia….The second phase of the project, supposed to begin from fiscal 2020, will be to digitally archive cultural assets from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos, and make them available on the archive site. Going forward, the project will be expanded to include all ten ASEAN member states in the future.” The ASEAN members not mentioned here are Brunei, Philippines, and Singapore.
Bangkok Post: Film archive fire caused only ‘limited damage’. “A fire at the Thai Film Archive temporary office in Nakhon Pathom province on Sunday night caused only limited damage to historical footage, and there are copies of all the films, the organisation announced on Monday.”
Bangkok Post: Nectec launches website with AI database. “The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) has launched a website that allows programme developers, startups and businesses to access an artificial intelligence (AI) research database and services to develop products linked with the technology.” Web site is in Thai of course but translates easily.
BBC: Facebook uses AI to map Thailand’s roads. “Facebook has used artificial intelligence (AI) to map 300,000 miles of previously unmapped roads in Thailand and made the results available to the public. The project had been completed in 18 months, less than half the time it would have taken 100 mapping experts to do it manually, Facebook said.”
Christianity Today: Making Missions Count: How a Major Database Tracked Thailand’s Church-Planting Revival. “Dwight Martin can tell you the exact number of churches in Thailand. At the start of 2019, his site reported 5,805. By the next week, the number would be different.” This article is partially paywalled, but there’s enough that you can learn about the database of Thai churches.