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Blogs and Freedom of Information: Policy Responses in Thailand and Malaysia

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In Southeast Asia, freedom of information policy-making faces an interesting but potentially contradictory set of circumstances. On the one hand, countries of the region have a long tradition of tightly controlled information policies, with most governments not only regulating but actively censoring media content. On the other hand, the governments of Southeast Asia have recently struggled to maintain control over citizen journalists who operate on the World Wide Web. This paper examines the information policy efforts of two Southeast Asian countries that have quite different political and historical settings. Thailand has actively suppressed Internet Websites such as YouTube while Malaysia has an open Internet policy forced on it by virtue of its massive Multimedia Super Corridor. We focus specifically on blogs and blogging in the two countries, a phenomenon that presents a serious challenge in both countries to traditional ways of managing content.
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Magpanthong, Chalisa. and McDaniel, Drew. "Blogs and Freedom of Information: Policy Responses in Thailand and Malaysia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p403828_index.html>

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Magpanthong, C. and McDaniel, D. "Blogs and Freedom of Information: Policy Responses in Thailand and Malaysia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p403828_index.html

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Abstract: In Southeast Asia, freedom of information policy-making faces an interesting but potentially contradictory set of circumstances. On the one hand, countries of the region have a long tradition of tightly controlled information policies, with most governments not only regulating but actively censoring media content. On the other hand, the governments of Southeast Asia have recently struggled to maintain control over citizen journalists who operate on the World Wide Web. This paper examines the information policy efforts of two Southeast Asian countries that have quite different political and historical settings. Thailand has actively suppressed Internet Websites such as YouTube while Malaysia has an open Internet policy forced on it by virtue of its massive Multimedia Super Corridor. We focus specifically on blogs and blogging in the two countries, a phenomenon that presents a serious challenge in both countries to traditional ways of managing content.


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