Joseph Thomas – NEO – Russian and Thai telecom interests have begun preliminary discussions toward creating local alternatives to social network and Internet search giants Facebook and Google in Thailand. The move, if successful, would represent another step toward breaking Facebook and Google’s monopoly over international information space and set further precedent for nation-states to take responsibility for their own respective information space.
Thailand’s The Nation would report in an article titled, “Russia keen to offer network, search services,” that:
Russia’s Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has proposed offering social network and search engine services in Thailand based on Russian platforms.
Takorn Tantasith, the secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecom-comunications Commission, said this week that the Russian ministry proposed that both countries seek ways to set up a holding firm in Thailand to provide the services here, with the partners to share revenue from these services.
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