So the powers-that-be want to monitor exchanges on Line, that wildly popular instant messaging app? Well, while the revelation has certainly garnered lots of coverage of late, it's far from being the first time the authorities here have threatened to violate the privacy and freedom of speech of individual citizens.
You may recall how, back in 2007, the government attempted to block access to YouTube in response to the uploading of a short film on that site considered insulting to our monarchy. And, much more recently, organs of the State have muttered about dire penalties for Facebook users who spread rumours about local political matters on social networks - and even for those who have the temerity to click "Like" on posts on this nature.
Time only moves in one direction: forwards. Information and communications technology has evolved at a rapid pace, from analogue to digital, from PCs to tablets, from feature phones to smartphones.
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