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  • OPINION

    Battle for 5G is failing

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/08/2018

    » Almost from the moment they seized power, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and allies in the National Council for Peace and Order have spent time and treasure promoting their vision of the future. The two top meme titles are "Thailand 4.0" and "Digital Thailand". As defined, both are excellent and worthy goals. Lack of planning, absent government supervision and poor performance make both elusive.

  • OPINION

    Data security a foreign concept

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 22/04/2018

    » You'd think that just about the worst thing that could happen in today's charged smartphone-internet intersection is the theft of many thousands of the most important identification documents and personal details of mobile phone owners. But you'd be wrong.

  • OPINION

    Update the computer law

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/04/2018

    » If events over the past two weeks do not convince the government to write an actual law covering computer fraud, maybe nothing will. The first unfortunate event was to threaten a Chiang Mai magazine editor with a computer crime charge over something that had nothing to do with computers (or crime, come to that). The second was the reluctant admission by the country's second mobile phone company of security misbehaviour, putting tens of thousands of customers at risk. That is not a crime.

  • OPINION

    Three new maxims for surviving the next era of tech

    News, Farhad Manjoo, Published on 30/11/2018

    » Nearly five years ago, in my very first "State of the Art" column, I offered a straightforward plan for how to survive what was shaping up to be a turbulent time in the tech world.

  • OPINION

    Late King's wishes for Thai children

    News, Published on 12/01/2019

    » As Thailand celebrates National Children's Day today, I wish to share my recollection of a memorable audience with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his profound message and wishes for the children of Thailand and the world. I had the great honour to meet the late king on Nov 12, 1998. I was then serving as Unicef's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. The occasion of my audience with the late king at Chitralada Palace was to accompany visiting Unicef executive director Carol Bellamy. Also accompanying us was the late Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan. ​

  • OPINION

    New party shows hints of cracks

    News, Published on 17/11/2018

    » The Future Forward Party (FFP) is facing stiff competition even from the ranks of parties considered to be its allies, and the reported undercurrent being whipped up within the FFP is not helping the situation.

  • OPINION

    Trump's phone tap karmic revenge?

    News, Published on 30/10/2018

    » Specific incidents can sometimes reveal much larger truths. This would seem to be the case regarding recent revelations that the Chinese have been eavesdropping on US President Donald Trump's less-than-secure phone calls and using the information gathered as part of an elaborate plot to influence the president.

  • OPINION

    China weighs up its role in Myanmar peace talks

    News, Anthony Davis, Published on 14/06/2016

    » In what has traditionally been a boots-and-bayonets conflict fought a long way from media coverage, an unusual photo circulating on the internet last week revealed that Myanmar's military is now using armed drones in operations against ethnic insurgents. Probably taken on a serviceman's mobile phone and posted on a Facebook account, the image showed soldiers preparing a Chinese-built CH-3A unmanned combat aerial vehicle for take-off at an airfield in the north of the country.

  • OPINION

    Riled at poor BTS service

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/06/2018

    » After almost four days of rush-hour delays, the BTS Skytrain operator managed to "assure" passengers on Thursday that a solution to the problem had been found.

  • OPINION

    Facebook's problems abroad disturb

    News, Published on 31/10/2017

    » For months, Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, has been in crisis mode, furiously attempting to contain the damage stemming from its role in last year's presidential campaign. The company has mounted an all-out defence campaign before this week's congressional hearings on election interference in 2016, hiring three outside communications firms, taking out full-page newspaper ads, and mobilising top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, to beat back accusations that it failed to prevent Russia from manipulating the outcome of the election.

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