Jakarta remains among the least safe cities in the region. But the threats residents face are systemic rather than violent.
Last week Thailand’s national assembly passed a new Cybersecurity Law law that grants the government broad powers to access internet users’ data. Critics say the law’s vague language could be used to violate rights to freedom of speech and expression.
ASEAN governments are seeing severe digital security breaches and violations of users’ privacy. Rather than improving cybersecurity, the region’s governments are using these threats to crack down on internet freedoms.
The tightened Chinese cyber laws will give foreign firms a tough time when conducting business in China.
The Thai Government’s amendments to the Computer Crime Act represent their tightest restrictions so far on online freedom of expression. This is likely to be an indication of things to come as the junta prepares for a 2017 election, but hope may come from an unlikely source.