THE IMPACT OF THE INTERNET ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEMOCRACY IN THAILAND

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The article examines the role and peculiarities of the internet in Thailand as well as its influence on the development of democracy in the country. At present, information technology is becoming an essential communication tool and the internet plays an important role in political communication. The author uses comparative political method to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet as a communication instrument in democratic society. Also, the article focuses on the function of the internet as an information transmission channel. The analysis results show that the main advantage of using the internet as a political communication tool is low cost of information distribution as well as allround access to various information sources. This encourages citizens to participate in political activities of the state. On the other hand, the mass distribution of the internet as the main source of information has its disadvantages: unreliability of data, wide access to false information and discordance of opinions. In Thailand, citizens do not have free access to the Internet, so it is doubtful that it will have a great impact on the development of democracy in the country.


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Dejthongpong Sathita

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.
Email: sathita_d@gmail.com
Miklukho-Maklaya str., 6, 117198, Moscow, Russian Federation

Trainee of the Department of Comparative Politics of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

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