The Thai government is considering a firewall similar to China’s, reducing the number of internet gateways from ten to just one, according to a cabinet document. Over 80,000 people have since signed a petition to protest the move on group action site Change.org.

The statement, which came from Thailand’s cabinet, emerged last week and contains an order directed at the country’s Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology to begin work on creating the single gateway. 

Currently, most of the ten internet gateways are managed by non-government companies, each capable of setting and removing controls. A unified gateway controlled by the government would allow the state to surveil traffic and block access to certain sites, similar to the way China blocks sites including Google, Facebook and Twitter. 

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com