marcel barang

A dirty trick from Big Brother

In English on 12/02/2010 at 10:17 pm

Among the websites and logs in English I like to read regularly to keep abreast of social and political developments in Thailand and the region, whether or not I agree with their contents and comments, it seems that at least one has run afoul of Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology: thaicrisis.com.

Thaicrisis.com is perhaps the most informative website available on the state of the Thai economy, with a definitely pessimistic approach from what I remember reading.

The site apparently hasn’t be banned, not quite: if you go to the wide-encompassing and crafty absolutelybangkok.com website, you will see midway through the rightmost column its headlines appearing day after day. Right now, the headline is: ‘Thailand: the Permanent Coup d’Etat’.

But if you click on that headline, you will eventually see in Explorer a window saying ‘The connection has timed out’. At the bottom of the screen is the mention ‘Done’.

If you click on those headlines, you will eventually see in Firefox a window saying ‘The connection has timed out’. At the bottom of the screen is the mention ‘http://w3.mict.go.th/’.

Oh? What does ‘mict’ of ‘go.th’ stand for if not Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of the Government of Thailand?

If you click on http://w3.mict.go.th/, you will see eventually a window saying ‘The connection has timed out’.

Isn’t that a beautiful dirty trick?

Thank you very much, Big Brother.

  1. i also like thaicrisis, but no need for big bro, you can find it without tricks at this very site:

    http://thaicrisis.wordpress.com/

  2. PS. Kilroy appears at the bottom left corner of all your pages :)

  3. For the record: nothing to do with the ministry of Culture (my mistake, immediately corrected on the blog): it’s the ministry of ICT. The Le Monde blog Gags et Faceties was ‘timed out’ for less than two days; the Thai Crisis blog has been ‘timed out’ for two weeks at least. I now understand this may be because of some doing by my server, which is TOT.

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