In a quiet bid to build a sole internet gateway, Thailand has come under heavy fire from Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party as well as hackers.
The Pheu Thai Party taken a stance against the government’s proposal. Stating that maintaining a single Internet gateway would “adversely affect online services in the country,” ZDNet reports.
Deputy Spokesperson Anusorn Iamsaard and Pheu Thai’s former minister of information and communication technology, Anudith Nakornthap, spoke out on Thursday concerning the negative potential effects. The Party went on to say that freedom of expression could be seriously hindered by controls on a new gateway, harming Thai business in the process.
Internet users and hackers have also made their opinions known. In addition to over 100,000 people signing a petition against what’s being called the “Great Firewall of Thailand,” a nod to China’s Internet censorship, hackers disrupted the websites of the Prime Minister the Defense Ministry, and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
The uprising against the proposal seems to have been enough for the government to back down from its plans…for now.