Block by number

March 4, 2007

Reporters Without Borders has requested a detailed analysis of Web-blocking in Thailand from Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) before and after the September 19, 2006 coup d’etat.

We have listed the sites we find important to look up on this spreadsheet (download as spreadsheet file at savefile.com or filesend.net, or download as text). Happy surfing!

In some cases, the sites are dated, which shows they have occurred after Sept 19. Most, however, are not dated. That doesn’t make them less important. We’re not in the business of condemning the coup as worse than Thaksin. We’re about condemning censorship!

FACT thinks the coup has been fairly immaterial to the whole issue of censorship. Far more sites supporting the Southern separatist organisations Pattani United Liberation Organization (PULO), Gerekan Mujahidin Islam Patani (GMIP), Barisan Islam Pembangunan Patani (BIPP), Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and others, particularly following the massacre at Krue Se Mosque and the deaths at Tak Bai, have been blocked. In our opinion, these would have been blocked anyway, particularly in light of the huge escalation in Southern violence. Currently TLT, the US-based Thai Rak Thai support group, is also blocked. FACT believes EVERYONE should have a voice.

As none of these sites are easily accessible from Thailand except using extraordinary measures, we shall leave that job to the porn-surfers at MICT. Don’t expect this list to have 100% accuracy.

Websites presumed to relate to the coup, monarchy, “sensitive” Thai political issues, or are “news” sites, including webboard discussions and cached webpages:
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 62, 63, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 446, 451, 452, 454, 455, 456, 462, 474, 475, 478, 479, 480-493, 497-517, 524-527, 537, 538, 547-552, 735, 822, 827, 830-832, 838-841, 929, 1117, 1489, 14912, 1492, 1494, 1565-1570, 1579, 1734-1740, 1819, 1820, 2060, 2533, 2610, 2704, 2709-2718, 2916, 2917, 2921, 2922, 3004, 3030, 3031, 3182, 3681, 3756, 3757, 4204, 4205, 4224-4227, 4322, 4332-4335, 4407, 4408, 4550, 4551, 4555-4560, 4562, 4575, 4705, 5080, 5399, 5685-5867, 5987-6077 [they HATE <manusaya>: Royal tell-tales!], 6098-6100, 6326, 6327, 6468, 6202-6607, 6700, 6701, 6885-6903 [<hwphdnw> is also perceived as a threat to monarchy; despite their name, Hawaiian Pimp Online, they are political not porn], 7011, 7012, 7121, 8141, 7375, 7475, 7485, 7486, 7494, 7701, 7709-7715, 7823, 7846, 7847, 7852, 7919, 7920, 7937-7941, 7962, 8026, 8027, 8144, 8145, 8237, 8238, 8241, 8316, 8317, 8381, 8452, 8453, 8475-8478, 8588, 8589, 8599-8606, 8612, 8701-8709, 8808, 8861-8863, 8865-8868, 8873, 8874, 8884, 8887, 9233-9241, 9288, 9349, 9350, 9507, 9739, 9740, 9788, 9856, 9928-9931, 9964, 9977, 9979, 10090, 10235, 10310-10314, 10531-10604 [told you they HATE <manusaya>!], 10691-10693, 10698-10701, 10822-10825, 10963, 10966-10984, 10988, 10989, 11009, 11025-11027, 11032-11035, 11090, 11091, 11096-11101, 11108, 11109, 11116-11126, 11139, 11140, 11144-11146, 11149-11152, 11157, 11158, 11173, 11426-11431, 11467, 11503, 11506, 11586, 11591, 11593, 11594, 11607, 11624-11626, 11638, 11641-11645, 11648, 11649, 11672, 11707, 11709, 11712, 11713, 11884, 12085, 12086, 12088-12090, 12110, 12118-12120, 12142, 12219, 12220, 12222, 12224-12226, 12230-12233, 12247, 12253, 12378-12381, 12620, 12623-12628, 12646, 12665, 12675, 12688, 12700, 12742, 12844, 12856, 12912, 12946, 13159, 13184

Websites presumed to be links to circumvention software
888, 891, 2227, 3345-3349, 3165-3174, 4066, 5046, 5260-5263, 5445, 5804, 6233, 6234, 6267, 6268, 6270, 6271, 7436-7441, 7606, 8243, 9742-9745, 9891-9893, 10465, 10499, 12366, 12370

Websites presumed to be anonymous proxy sites
972-976, 979, 989, 1372-1466, 1786, 1836, 1871, 2026, 2030, 2076, 2194, 2214, 2216-2218, 2237-2241, 2255, 2256, 2278, 2330, 2331, 2342, 2343, 2347-2356, 2369, 2414, 2460, 2484, 2535, 2562, 2565-2569, 2575, 2578, 2614, 2627, 2632, 2648-2654, 2675, 2678, 2679, 2698-2700, 2706, 2719, 2738-2741, 2746, 2758-2760, 2762, 2787, 2792, 2794, 2795, 2821, 2925, 2963, 2970-2976, 3001, 3033, 3042, 3076, 3077, 3080-3181, 3183, 3184, 3188, 3190, 3194-3196, 3203, 3365, 3369, 3391, 3464, 3488, 3540, 3543, 3569, 3570, 3587-3589, 3635, 3639, 3641, 3644, 3659, 3665, 3684, 3691, 3734, 3777, 3886, 3887, 3890, 3904, 3925, 3926, 3986, 3993, 4014-4016, 4018, 4033, 4034, 4135, 4138-4142, 4149, 4155, 4193-4195, 4198, 4208-4213, 4239-4241, 4345-4351, 4451, 4452, 4474, 4489-4491, 4502, 4533, 4539, 4540, 4542, 4545, 4618, 4671-4673, 4695-4699, 4704, 4715-4721, 4766, 4809, 4813-4816, 4829, 4841, 4916, 4934, 4950, 5008-5011, 5035, 5096, 5116, 5120, 5164, 5185, 5184, 5197, 5208, 5220, 5221, 5229, 5253, 5260-5263, 5309-5312, 5323, 5330-5321, 5364, 5384, 5419, 5445, 5448, 5457, 5458, 5473, 5477, 5635, 5644-5646, 5651-5669, 5741, 5789, 5804, 5807, 5823, 5834-5836, 5931, 5965, 5982, 6091, 6101, 6103-6105, 6120, 6201, 6202, 6204, 6205, 6216, 6223, 6227-6231, 6233, 6234, 6237, 6246, 6272-6274, 6301, 6339, 6385, 6434, 6505, 6511, 6528-6534, 6558, 6561, 6564, 6565, 6578, 6580, 6586-6588, 6594, 6611, 6630-6634, 6636, 6638-6640, 6652-6654, 6656, 6689, 6693, 6703, 6735, 6736, 6917, 6918, 6967, 6982-6988, 7051, 7051, 7069, 7083, 7091, 7125, 7126, 7131, 7133-7244, 7248, 7253, 7257, 7258, 7263-7265, 7273, 7415, 7459, 7460, 7478, 7489, 7532, 7575, 7600, 7656, 7659, 7691, 7693, 7717, 7720, 7722, 7775, 7777, 7795, 7800, 7828, 7894, 7895, 7898, 7931, 7932, 7948, 8081, 8097, 8121, 8122, 8185, 8196, 8225, 8244, 8245, 8247, 8318-8323, 8370, 8374-8379, 8388, 8394-8397, 8405, 8439-8422, 8445, 8446, 8455-8460, 8488-8490, 8591, 8621-8627, 8629, 8630, 8752, 8790-8792, 8806, 8841, 8847, 8848, 8853, 9028-9030, 9052-9056, 9074-9081, 9097, 9121, 9184, 9188, 9200, 9201, 9214, 9227, 9304, 9348, 9419-9421, 9434, 9448, 9455, 9497, 9527, 9529, 9551, 9555, 9614, 9650, 9651, 9663, 9680, 9692-9694, 9703, 9735, 9742-9745, 9799, 9805-9808, 9827, 9834-9845, 9874, 9875, 9891-9893, 9961, 9991, 9997, 10006, 10009, 10032, 10099, 10117, 10237-10239, 10249-10252, 10254-10256, 10258-10277, 10370, 10372, 10398, 10465, 10479, 10499, 10517, 10522, 10523, 10694, 10762-10764, 10850, 10873, 11010-11013, 11092-11094, 11153-11156, 11421, 11464, 11491, 11708, 11714, 12028-12031, 12245, 12250, 12366, 12370, 12371, 12611-12613, 12619, 12621, 12622, 12843

N.B. These spreadsheet numbers from the January 11, 2007 blocklist are unlikely correspond with the spreadsheet numbers of any previous blocklists. However, the site names can be compared with FACT’s May and October 2006 blocklist analyses. Some proxy sites and circumvention software sites are duplicated as they serve dual purposes.

Especially take notice where entire domains have been blocked, such as <netfirms>, <terra.es>, <sudswing>, <web1000>, <100free>, <tlt>. .

Some of these will be listed in error; others will be miscategorised. I have mostly listed these by examining the URL name and from long experience and instinct. However, I am certain I have missed many, too. Many are listed only by IP address, so none of these have been included as we cannot readily determine what they are.

All of these sites may not have had web-blocking initiated since the coup but all of them have been put on the new blocklist naming MICT “Official Censor of the Military Coup”. Therefore one can presume it is somehow in the interests of the coup government to continue to block them.

I have intentionally eliminated all sites I determined to be related to pornography or gambling. But is it “right” for government to block anonymous proxy surfers that enable a user to access those blocked sites, or circumvention software? This raises the larger question as to whether government should keep its blocklists secret from the public so users don’t have a ready “field guide” to sedition and immorality.

I have also intentionally not kept score. The numbers are unimportant to the whole issue of censorship. It’s the intention of government to suppress ideas that is vital.

This research gave me more insight into how insidious and pervasive Thai censorship really is and how much worse it will be in future if we don’t stop it now. Mostly, it makes me really angry and very afraid.

Will you wait for them to target YOU???

We would be most grateful for any corrections or additions you may make to this list.

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