If Thailand has a law that needs revising, it is the law officially known as the Computer-Related Offences Commission Act.
For a law that has been on the books a mere six years, the Computer Crime Act (CCA), as it is generally known, has caused as much controversy as the offences it addresses.
It is the basis for massive internet censorship, sometimes compared with that of China. It has imprisoned people to longer terms than parallel, non-computer laws allow. And it has almost never been used for the purpose it was supposedly introduced for.
Last week, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) announced a campaign to amend the CCA. Minister Anudith Nakornthap said law enforcement has had a difficult time keeping up with the rapidly evolving digital world. The CCA, he said, must be made "more compatible" with changing society and culture.
That is what he said. What he meant, it is clear, is more offences will be added, more censorship will apply, and greater punishments will become mandatory.
In case you didn't realise it - and who did? - ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap has already held public hearings on the changes.
He figures a new law will be proposed to the cabinet within two months, enacted as soon as six months. The sole purpose of the revisions, he told the media last week, is to enable officials to take immediate action against cyber crime.
This is the precise message the military junta broadcast in 2007 when it rammed the CCA through parliament with almost no oversight. And it is correct. A parent law and additional laws and regulations are needed in a world where dangers lurk and crime is increasing - on the internet, via smartphones, in two-way broadcasting, on private networks. But the promise of protection has been belied by the use of the CCA by authorities.
There is no longer even an estimate of the number of websites and pages closed or blocked by Mr Anudith's ministry. Certainly it is well into six figures. The ICT minister, using opaque and unaccountable appeals to a court, can effectively block any website from standard online access, without accountability, appeal or even the knowledge of those involved.
The usual response about blocking pornography and anti-monarchy sites is a lie of omission. Sites by some foreign governments, mainstream media and respected universities such as Harvard are also blocked.
The CCA has most maliciously been used during the huge rise of lese majeste prosecutions. Charges of lese majeste for political purposes have become a worldwide scandal. In most cases, charges are laid under both the Criminal Code and the CCA, a sort of double jeopardy for defendants.
The result, too often, has been double prison sentences, with the CCA convictions more harsh than those under the Criminal Code.
Meanwhile, the original purpose of the CCA has been all but forgotten - to crack down on digital crime like bank robberies, credit card phishing, identity theft such as use of photos of film stars by online brothels.
Thailand needs a Computer Crime Act - but not this one, and definitely not the one that Mr Anudith is threatening to impose before the year is out. The minister must be more accountable about changes he wants, and more open about proposing them.
The first step is to hold real public hearings, to gauge what the public wants from crime fighters in the digital era. Expanding this bad law is a terrible idea.