Quick policy to control Social Media – Internet censorship in Thailand

A couple of days back, I could not open my Google Apps email URL. This had never happened to me with Google services before. Then I quickly changed my subdomain to the main domain, and surprised to see my personal website cum blog has been blocked by MICT (Thai Ministry of Information and Communication Technology). However, the next morning I could successfully login back again. This was the case with HTTP URL protocol only, because I could still access mails via email clients in iPhone and Microsoft Outlook 2010.

As of now, Internet Censorship in Thailand is limited to website access only. By 2012, Thailand will most probably follow the current practices of China and India and require that the major international companies offering search and communications place servers for Thai users inside of Thailand ~ quoted.

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10 Myths of Modern AIT

Disclosure: This article was scheduled to be published on October 23rd 2011, but since we had to evacuate AIT after the disastrous Thai Flood that ultimately inundated our AIT mother campus; it was kept in draft. And now, I finally decided to public it. AIT, now after flood, has got another big opportunity to grow in huge the campus infrastructure and the environment even better than previous. Hope some points in this article can account for the improvements.

Based on my experience of AIT, I have prepared 10 modern myths of modern AIT. Most of the points are based on what I did expect before coming, even before being accepted to admission and what actually I found here, what many of the students find here. These are randomly list, not prioritized in any order. 10 Modern Myths of AIT (unexpectables?) is my personal experience and believing, AIT’s different (show your love).

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AIT is Different!

Spread the word: Innovation and motivation; image from AIT's facbook pageAsian Institute of Technology, popularly AIT, is very popular in our part of the world. Every good student wants to earn a prestigious degree from AIT. There are many fields of studies among three schools in AIT namely, School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Environment, Resource and Development (SERD) and School of Management (SOM). On this blog post, I’ve managed to quote (tho’ very few) expressions about and its uniqueness;as told in various orientations and school interaction with the students including the forums.

AIT is not like any other university. This is not where you come, attend classes, give exam and pass away. This is something totally different. What is different you have to come and realize being an asset of AIT or I’ll share over coffee (really it’s secret)

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Ayutthaya: Revisited

Been to Bangkok, should try to visit Ayutthaya – an important historical place in Thailand. Ayutthaya, phonetically Ayodhya, is like Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Budhha in Nepal.

I recently visited Ayutthaya (last early september), also called Ayudhya, for the holy grail of living. Here are some photographs from Ayutthaya shot by me and my group. Sadly, this place was hit worst by the recent Thai floods, and I don’t know how it looks like now.

You must read this article 10 Most Favourite Tourist Destinations in Thailand if you plan to visit Thailand this Winter (Winter in your country, since Thailand have no any winter season).

Historical Temples in Ayuthaya, most of them are ancient, mostly broken, statues of Buddha, and were saffron colored robes
Historical Temples in Ayuthaya, most of them are ancient, mostly broken, statues of Buddha, and were saffron colored robes

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Free Public Wi-Fi in Thailand – ICT4D in action

A news published by the Bangkok Post on 29th August, 2011 reads the new Thai ICT Minister has vowed to make good on the government’s promise to provide free public WiFi hotspot services within three months. However, it is until now (December 27th, towards the end of the 4th month of announcement) only they have again words on introducing free public WiFi with initial coverage on the Greater Bangkok onward December 28th with as much as 20 thousand hotspot locations. They are working to double the number of hotspots within October next year.

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ICT, ITU & Its Celebration of WTISD 2011

United Nations ESCAP, 67th session of the commissionThe Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Thailand, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has been organizing the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on ICT Applications from 18-21 May 2011 at UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). The focus of the forum is on creative economy thru ICT, and ICT Applications in various eServices. Continue reading