Website blocking as Legal Measures to control Online Gambling: A comparative analysis of Thai, U.S. and Singapore laws

  • kanathip Thonraweewong
Keywords: Website blocking, Computer law, Online gambling law, Freedom of expression, Cybercrime law.


In Thailand, gambling is generally prohibited by the  specific law, The Gambling Act, but this law does not stipulate clearly and comprehensively on the measure to control online gambling especially technical measures such as website blocking. However, computer crime Act B.E. 2560 provides certain mechanisms that can be applied to block online gambling websites such as notice takedown in section 15 and blocking from court order in section 20. Nevertheless, those principles still have limitations in scope and elements as well as interpretation problems in application to online gambling websites This research will conduct comparative analysis of website blocking measures in Thai laws with foreign laws, i.e. Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) of the U.S., Remote Gambling Act 2014 (RGA) of Singapore. In addition, the negative impact of these measures, both technical and legal aspects such as freedom of expression will be discussed.


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