Visualizing power relations of actors (in Data Protection Bill)

Actor --Action-> Actor

วาดกราฟความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างผู้กระทำ (actor) ในกฎหมาย

This whole week I will participate in Internet Policy and Advocacy: Research Methods Workshop for South and Southeast Asia Actors at National Law University Delhi. (Nice way to spend my Songkran :p)

Shown at the bottom of this post is a presentation that I gave yesterday during the Case Study 1: The Power of Mapping Stakeholders, Decision Makers, and Implementers in Thailand’s Cyber Policy session, where we discussed examples of visualizing bills in graph (noun –verb-> noun), how this method can quickly reveal unbalanced power relations of actors(-to-be), and show why data protection mechanism in the current bill is probably structurally designed to fail.

Of course, the examples only rely on one type of source (written laws). Ideally, incorporating also data from other types of source (actual enforcement, unspoken rules, policy ethnographies, etc.) is encouraged, for a more complete picture.

Examples included Data Protection Committee relationships with National Cybersecurity Committee, Data blocking/removal mechanism from Article 20 of 2017 Computer-related Crime Act, media control after the 2014 Coup (NCPO Announcements and Orders), and the Ministry of ICT under NCPO structure.

Actor --Action-> Actor is a nice online drawing tool that you may like to try. No installation is required. Graph can also be drawn in a descriptive way using tools like GraphvizGephi and NodeXL.

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