Censorship is Not Cybersecurity

Posted on 06/02/10 No Comments

There was a recent article in the Bangkok Post where a couple of guys I know were basically saying that Thailand needs more “cybersecurity” to control the flow of information in the Kingdom.   They basically said that a new government “cybersecurity organization” needs to be set up to insure that when Thai citizens protest about their perceived dissatisfaction with their government, that the government needs the ability to shut down their communications quickly and effectively.  In their article, they cited the US, Japan and other countries and the fact that they have “cybersecurity” organizations involved at the top levels of government.

What was not mentioned in the article was that the US and Japan have a rock solid constitution in place that strictly prohibits any infringement upon the human rights of expression and freedom of the press.   What they failed to mention in the Bangkok Post article is that the US and Japan consider the free flow of information to be a fundamental human right and cannot be restricted by the government under the dark veil of “national security”.

The article in the Bangkok Post also did not mention that in the US and Japan extreme abuses to the basic human right of expression and publication (like slander, libel, assault) are managed by a fair and balanced judiciary system that assumes their citizens are innocent before proven guilty in a court of law.  In addition, the article did not mention that in counties like Japan, nationalism is so frowned upon that people who fly the Japanese flag are somewhat considered “wackos”.  Japan learned a long time ago that ultra-nationalism can turn ugly very quickly.  Censorship against a nation’s own citizenship is inherently evil.  There is little more “undemocratic’ than a government that advocated censorship and a means of conflict resolution.

Censorship is not cybersecurity in the US, Japan and most other modern, civilized nations.

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