Le Tour de Death of Journalism

This is a response to an article by Andrew Biggs in the Bangkok Post called Le Tour de Death. I was going to attempt a paragraph by paragraph translation, but it was so lacking in substance and so full of straw men, I couldn’t. Instead, I present some major flaws with the article that shouldn’t have let it past the editors, and an overall counter-argument. Continue reading Le Tour de Death of Journalism


(ไทย) แหล่งข้อมูล GIS สำหรับประเทศไทย

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ผมเจอ slide โดยคุณ จรัณธร บุญญษน ที่บรรยายแหล่งข้อมูลสารสนเทศนภูมิศาสตร์ (GIS) ในประเทศไทยที่มีตามหน่วยงานต่างๆ ก็เลยมาเผยแพร่เผื่อมีใครเอาไปใช้ประโยชน์ได้

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Information Security training for fun and profit

I was recently asked to conduct security training for a group of journalists with little or no IT background who were concerned about the integrity and availability of their data as well as security in communicating with their sources and each other. Since it was quite an interesting experience I decided to write this blog post to sum up what I learned by conducting this training.

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Mapillary workflow for JOSM and Open Street Map

Mapillary is the new Sweden based crowd courced Street View alternative that has taken the Open Street Map world by storm. One of the main feature according to their legal page is that all the photos are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License with special permission to derive both photos and GPS data for use with Open Street Map. This post contains a brief writeup of a workflow I use to input information into JOSM.

TL;DR: line up the editor and mapillary using aerial imagery for best result.

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The inevitable demise of Thai democracy

I December 2013 I had written a blog post analyzing a series of surveys conducted at political rallies and it’s implication for Democratic Development in Thailand, stating my concern that a significant part of the PDRC supporters support authoritarian rule and this could lead to a slide in Democracy. With more recent data, post-coup, prospects for democratic consolidation is actually worse than what had been anticipated.

TL;DR: For democracy to survive, 70% of mass public needs to be committed to it. Only 3.10% of Thais are.

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