back to article Cambodia to force all internet traffic through national 'Internet Gateway'

Cambodia has formally announced a National Internet Gateway that will filter all traffic coming into the country, or traversing networks within its borders. In a decree posted to Facebook on Wednesday, the nation outlined a system that resembles China’s notorious Great Firewall. Cambodia's decree says the Gateway will …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    Great creeping firewalls...

    Thank goodness the Philippines is too disorganised to do the same.

    Because you can bet Duterte would like to.

    1. HildyJ Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: Great creeping firewalls...

      Every government, US and UK included, would like to have this capability "just in case of <fill in the blank>". They also want access to all hardware, software, and data. How much they can get is down to the politics of each country.

      Most governments, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd world, view Big Brother not as a cautionary tale but a goal.

  2. Tom Chiverton 1

    Meanwhile, uk.gov presses ahead with 'Reducing Online Harms' white paper to regulate every single website with content ("or else") : https://decoded.legal/blog/2021/02/online-harms-an-extra-territorial-over-reach

    1. ThatOne Silver badge

      Well, clearly all governments worldwide are jealous of China's filter, and checking how they can implement something similar without scaring the Great Unwashed out of their lethargy. There have already been several tentative attempts worldwide, but it will require a big FUD campaign to to definitely sell the idea: Somebody think of the children already! War on terror! (and so on)

    2. J.G.Harston Silver badge

      "regulate every single website with content"

      Akh, that's fine, I'll just publish my subversive jihadist tourism via usenet.

  3. IGotOut Silver badge

    Debt collection?

    Ok, that's a new one. Hats off for originality if nothing else.

    1. yetanotheraoc Silver badge

      Re: Debt collection?

      These would be debts owned to the government, obviously. It goes hand in hand with "and even bill ISPs and telcos to use it".

  4. Pen-y-gors

    Starlink?

    Will this work once people can get internet from the sky via Mr Musk?

    Can you disguise the satellite dish so they don't know you have one?

    1. Tom Chiverton 1

      Re: Starlink?

      Yes. Typically the upstream doesn't go out from your phone to the sky...

    2. Wellyboot Silver badge

      Re: Starlink?

      They just have to license the use of sat uplinks for a very short list of allowed activities.

      While us mere mortals can't easily find the sat uplinks*, the local plod or military can put direction finders on drones and trawl the country at high altitude looking for places to visit, followed by public show trials for license evaders.

      * starlink plans a pizza box sized phased array.

    3. Muppet Boss

      Re: Starlink?

      >Will this work once people can get internet from the sky via Mr Musk?

      I think they will keep getting it from Vietnam and Thailand, that would be faster and much cheaper. The Internet in Cambodia is in fact not too bad (still better than in many areas of the UK) and without much censorship unlike in e.g. Indonesia.

      >Can you disguise the satellite dish so they don't know you have one?

      If you don't have one you are suspicious, in SE Asia they have a satellite dish for every member of the household.

      1. Tempest
        Meh

        Re: Starlink? They Already have an International InterNet Cable

        which makes landfall on the Gulf of Thailand near Sihanoukville.

        The ongoing strife between Thailand and Kampuchea/Cambodia has practically terminated cross-border communications. The cable from Vung Tau, VietNam is still live but is more of a standby.

    4. Tempest
      Unhappy

      Re: Starlink? Watch Out for the Dish Police

      I often pop over the Kampuchean/Cambodian border to meet trucks carrying 'duty free' electronic items from Thailand which are then transported 'duty free' into VietNam. The hottest 'duty free' items are automobile parts and accessories.

      VietNam used to have 'Dish Police' who travelled around the country looking at roof tops through binoculars for dishes pointed 'the wrong way'. Now the Cambodians have their very own dish police.

      The United Nations kindly donated two fixed radio monitoring stations and several truck-mounted mobile radio monitoring stations to aid the K-C government in their 'war' with unhappy citizens.

      Presently Kampuchea-Cambodia rents satellite channels but one cell group has been negotiating with a Chinese manufacturer to buy a USD$400-million satellite for cell and TV distribution.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Starlink? Watch Out for the Dish Police

        Hi - do you have a source for the UN donating this?

    5. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: Starlink?

      Yes, it will still work. The major reason is that Starlink has already stated it will comply with local regulations. That means they will censor when they have to. Which they virtually have to do, because the article says what happens if they didn't; their bank accounts get frozen. If nobody's paying for the service, they won't provide service. Starlink is not a solution.

  5. Tempest
    Meh

    Things, They Are a' Changing In Kampuchea-Cambodia

    Kampuchea/Cambodia was fairly free of online censorship with InterNet being fed from the international cable landing at Vung Tau - just south of Ho Chi Minh City/SaiGon, VietNam. Then a few years ago Kampuchea/Cambodia had it's own international cable installed but some traffic 'leaked' across the VN/K-C border through VietNam's Viettel (Army Telecommunication Industry Corporation) which has a large cell network in the country.

    Then the Chinese arrived with truck loads of money and started building casino-hotels along the Gulf of Thailand coast where Sihanoukville is situated. The Hippie beaches around Sihanoukville have changed dramatically and now resemble Las Vegas. Tourists have now moved along the coast towards VietNam.

    For the past 2 years the Cambodian InterNet (both landline and cell) have undergone changes and many URLs that were available only a year ago have 'gone dark'. Previously it was wide open, as were the satellite TV channels. They also had a mobile TV service that could be viewed on Smartphones.

    Fortunately, Customs inspections along the VN/K-C border are fairly lax (money - bribes - eases any complications) and Foreigners bring almost anything in with them, including satellite handsets.

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