2020-02-14 at 4:58 pm #17219Wirichada Pan-ngumKeymaster
what have been seen problems with Net Pracharat and do you agree? (10 marks)
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2020-02-16 at 11:21 pm #17257tullaya.sitaParticipant
The net pracharat has a lot of benefits for people in rural areas. Internet access and the use of the internet bring a lot of opportunities for selling things and advertise their own products, healthcare access and government digitalization as mentioned in the lecture.
However, I think the net pracharat seems to bring a new problem. First of all, I do agree with someone stated in the article, the investment for the infrastructure of high-speed internet may reduce the cost of investment for other private internet provider company. If people addicted to the internet (like us, in urban areas, we spend a lot of time on the internet and we live harder without internet!) and the speed of the free internet is dropped in the future. They will seek private company services and the company will come with a low cost of investment. The company will make a lot of profit.
The second thing is the data privacy and security. We really don’t know how much we can trust in the free wifi network. If people in the rural areas use the full scale of the internet including money transection or other security data transfer. How can we know that their data are safe? Another thing is the monitoring from the government, can we keep our internet footprint safe?
The third thing that I have a lot of concern is the digital literacy of the user. As the internet is a new thing for them. Besides teaching how internet work and what is the opportunity for them. The training should include the law and regulations about the internet and electronics. Special training for the school-age users, teachers and their parents to set the internet browser to avoid the violence and inappropriate content to their children should be included in the training program.
2020-02-18 at 11:59 pm #17279w.thanacholParticipant
2020-02-19 at 5:45 pm #17286ChalermphonParticipant
The main point of Thailand 4.0 to strengthen the country’s economic foundation and increase the ability to compete on the world stage. One strategy is to develop a countrywide high – efficiency digital infrastructure. The Village Broadband Internet or Net Pracharat project is an important to support these strategies. Thailand development project the main objective of Net Pracharat is to strengthen the nation. Broadband network by expanding the high speed internet network to reach every village in the country so that local Thai people living in remote areas can access broadband or high speed internet like people living in the city. I agree with the concept of Broadband Internet or Net Pracharat to increase the opportunity for people to access the internet for education, knowledge and selling or advertise products, but It has many weak points such as the comment on an article “Internet slowly”, That related to the infrastructure of projects cannot support the demand of users and demand of every village. Net Pracharat cannot promote cyber security and privacy that impact to people in the community have a high risk of internet frauds and criminal or inappropriate websites, personal information and data traced from another person. Net Pracharat should have to increase demand of users, security and privacy and proper Internet usage for user and every village in the country.
2020-02-20 at 10:28 pm #17385AmeenParticipant
I think internet access is the same as education, once, used to be a privilege. Having internet access at home was a luxury. Now, internet access has become inevitable. Mobile phone with internet access is part of the life of people who lives in urban and suburban. Giving internet access to the whole population or as most covering as possible is the same as giving education, a tool for people to get their life improved. The government should make sure that there are no socio-economic barriers for the population for internet access. The barrier could even widen the inequality gap between the poor and the rich and between the rural and urban area. Whether or not the Net Pracharat comes with a hidden agenda or a tool from “Big Brother”, in the end, people will know the way to protect themselves. The same as other government in the world, surveillance and monitoring is an activity all government do and they do through every activity in the daily life of population already including education and healthcare enrollment.
On the other hand, giving such basic rights to access another 21st-century tool to populations, the faster they can access, the quicker they can secure their life and have ability to against the surveillance and monitoring. Fearing of the government with such activities is rather building a self-barrier to improve the quality of life of the target community. Instead, civic and academic society should raise and advocate more on self-awareness, internet literacy, and privacy and security of accessing to the internet network. What any non-government organization and civic society should do is sharing with such new user what the internet can offer for a better life.
The public investment, for me, helps people access to facilities they deserve, the same as road and other infrastructure and public services. They can learn new languages to get the capability to access more knowledge. They can learn a new skill from video streaming such as youtube. They can get informal education through MOOCs which is available from famous academic institution and channels where may impossible for them to enrol in real life. They can get to know what the global community think, opening their perspectives. And importantly, the community can have a new channel to market their products or to advertise their services or finding new jobs, improving the economic status of the rural population.
The most concern is that balancing of the pubic funded-infrastructure network with the private operating system must be assured for transparency and the project goal’s alignment. Apart from covering in all rural areas, quality of internet services should be with a proper standard to make sure they can do such activities regularly and as often as possible for continuity of improvement and especially with no extra cost. Ultimately, the government should make sure that the quality of internet services in the urban and rural area is the same with an affordable cost to reduce inequality in overall.
2020-02-22 at 3:25 pm #17408chanapongParticipant
In my opinion, there are many concerns about the Net Pracharat project. The number of free WiFi spots that do not cover all areas in the remote villages is one of my concerns. It should not have a single WiFi spot per village. The number of WiFI spots should be appropriate to population size in the remote villages. Another is the internet speed for download and upload (30Mbps/10Mbp) of Net Pracharat which is very low for digital services nowadays. The benefits from the publicly invested infrastructure may not direct to rural villages. It can greatly increase the number of internet users in rural areas. But, Private ISP may use this opportunity to compete with Net Pracharat. Without investment in infrastructure, private ISP can expand and provide better internet to the rural area to make their own profits. Therefore, Net Pracharat can be abandoned due to lower internet quality. The last major concern is data privacy. People who have few experiences in using the internet may take more risk in internet fraud. Their digital information could be monitored by the government or malefactors. So, this project should pay more attention to cybersecurity especially data privacy protection.
2020-02-23 at 11:26 pm #17463Pyae Phyo AungParticipant
The problem of Net Pracharat is their transparency as mentioned coconuts news about the issues that the purpose of the project is unknown. As the Thailand’s government have the Cybersecurity Act which can monitor the internet traffic without court review, creating a massive free WiFi network could risk the citizen privacy and data unless good Law enforcement does not made in time .There have been such issues in the United State as well like Massive Surveillance Projects which does not need any legal warrant. For details, you should read “Permanent Record” by Edward Snowden.
The sustainability of the project is also import. To maintain a good internet speed, before people get frustrated after they know how to use the Internet. Those will look for the good services providers whether it is free or not because they already know the benefit of Internet.
2020-02-24 at 10:01 am #17470THONGCHAIParticipant
In my idea Net Pracharat is benefit for rural people. Hight speed broadband across rural town make opportunity for every one to access internet. People can get knowledge, education, learning, selling local product in rural area in www. Free wifi broadband hot spot can help rural child and people receive service to better information health care, and learn without border. The high-speed internet from Net Pracharat support policy Thailand 4.0 to creativity digital product and innovation point to the target digital transformation in government organization.Net Pracharat is a good strategy to improve rural people communication between rural and town.
There are 6,900,000 users connect in Net Pracharat.
The weak point of Net Pracharat is easy to register. The value of information is very important. User only register with CID and mobile phone. That can unauthorize user connect in broadband internet. Strengthens security to access broadband system can protect confidential prosomal data privacy protection. When many user connect in to Net Pracharat system too slow and lower internet quality.
2020-02-25 at 11:30 am #17494Penpitcha ThawongParticipant
what have been seen problems with Net Pracharat and do you agree? (10 marks)
1) unclear purpose: I agree with Kanathip Thongraweewong that the government should tell the full scope of each project both pros and cons. The government wants Thai people in the rural areas able to access the internet because they have poor opportunities, so they should aware that the people in that area also do not know much about the risks, dangers, and downsides of the use of the internet/online activities. A knowledge about privacy and cybersecurity law is also important that people should know for applying in their real-life when they have to use the government service.
2) slow internet speed and limited access area: from the example and my experiences, the free internet sometimes difficult to connect. Moreover, the speed is very slow because of many users, so It doesn’t seem to work for them. In the future, Maybe no one wants to use it.
3) unauthorize user: Although Net Pracharat allows users to log in using CID and mobile number, someone who knows that data can it to access the internet. Unpredictable, they may use the internet in improper ways.
4) puts user data at risk: As I said in the beginning, the users should aware about some important detail of cybersecurity act because they should know how to use the public internet in the right way and what they should not do on the internet: access personal bank accounts or sensitive personal data, shop online, for example.
2020-02-28 at 2:57 pm #17542NakarinParticipant
I have just heard about Net Pracharat. It is an interesting project that can improve the quality of living for all Thai citizens especially the people who live in remote areas. This project can help them to access essential information such as government information, health service and other things that they need to know. But I think there are many things that we have to concern about this project,
– Data phishing, due to the people in remote areas are not familiar with the internet using, data phishing can easily happen. The government should train them to have awareness about the data phishing.
– The number of wifi hotspot is not enough for the user in a village. The government should add more hotspot.
2020-03-02 at 9:56 pm #17611imktd8Participant
Net Pracharat is a flagship digital infrastructure development project of Thailand. The main objective of Net Pracharat is to strengthen National Broadband Network by expanding high-speed Internet networks to reach all villages in the country and the local Thai people who live in remote areas will be able to access broadband or high-speed Internet.
With Net Pracharat, local people can access useful information and services in many areas, such as education, public health, and government services – leading to improvement in the quality of life.
For the profit that the Thai people will get from this service is a lot, but there are cons too. Below are cons that I think that they will expend to a big problem in one day in the future:
– Security and data privacy problems.
– Overload demand in internet speed and time period for usage.
– Cost in maintenance and upgrade infrastructure.
– Data phishing (rural user lack of knowledge and method to prevent phishing attacks)
– The social problem, for example, youth or student use internet in the wrong way (playing game /gambling online, watching pornography)
2020-03-12 at 3:07 pm #17782Pacharapol WithayasakpuntParticipant
I don’t know much about Net Pracharat, but I can say that it is in a good direction, albeit similar to most infrastructure laying — prone to corruption, while looking beautiful only on the surface.
Government is often not good at managing high quality products, and it becomes better when manage by private sectors. That’s why Internet Speed isn’t very good.
However, there are some other thing that government can do well, and few can do better — such as giving education on digital literacy, and dispatching personnels. It works better when the power is not too focused on the center.
As with any public WiFi, security is hard.
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