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  • 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

    It's the corruption, stupid

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 27/05/2018

    » After promising the nation a Mercedes Benz C-500 of an anti-regime protest, activists produced a three-owner 2007 Toyota Corolla gathering. It impressed and struck fear into the hearts of, well, no one.

  • OPINION

    Beware the cyber warriors

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/05/2018

    » Recently, our authorities have admitted that Thailand needs to improve cyber security standards against hackers. Yet the government over the past four years has mainly hunted down other groups of "violators" -- political dissidents and lese majeste offenders.

  • OPINION

    Winnie Mandela: A lifetime of struggle and scandal

    News, Christopher Torchia, Published on 04/04/2018

    » Even the name given to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at birth -- Nomzamo, "one who undergoes trials" -- foretold a life of struggle.

  • OPINION

    Activating one's moral compass

    Life, Yvonne Bohwongprasert, Published on 02/04/2018

    » Not a day goes by that we don't read about corruption scandals in the newspapers. The most despicable are often the ones in which the victims are society's downtrodden.

  • OPINION

    Can new leader rescue flawed ANC?

    News, William Saunderson-Meyer, Published on 21/12/2017

    » After a bruising battle that engaged ordinary South Africans in a manner reminiscent of the heady combination of fear and hope that galvanised the country after Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years of incarceration in 1990, Mandela's ruling African National Congress party has chosen a new leader to try to lift the country's veil of sleaze.

  • OPINION

    Media turn murder into one big circus

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 06/06/2017

    » There is extreme hatred and unchecked condemnation, horror and loathing. Emotions definitely run high as the karaoke girl murder case keeps unfolding while questions about the standard of the police's work, their treatment of murder suspects and the country's criminal justice process in general explode.

  • OPINION

    Public trust takes a knock

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/05/2017

    » A large step back from public trust occurred last week. It is difficult to say which situation is worse, that the government has moved the country's financial crime-fighting guru in a high-profile investigation, or that it took more than a year to do it. Either way, the decision to move to the PM's Office the Anti-Money Laundering Office former chief Seehanat Prayoonrat is a shock. Authorities must explain the details.

  • OPINION

    Being rich is still the best defence of all

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 29/03/2017

    » As I was preparing to leave home yesterday morning to meet a group of poor and landless people at a forum and hear their stories of injustice, the Associated Press was reporting a story on the Red Bull heir, who hit a policeman with his car. The headline was "'Red Bull killer' found living the good life".

  • OPINION

    Isoc showing the way

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/03/2017

    » Finally, the military made the right decision this week to correct a misguided move. The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) deserves praise for its withdrawal of defamation lawsuits against three human rights activists who authored a report on the torture and ill-treatment of security officers in the South, and agreed to work with them to probe the allegations.

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