Vietnam to launch online censorship system
August 8, 2017
HANOI — As part of a project on increasing prevention of cybercrime until 2030, a censorship system including software that identifies, blocks, collects and processes misleading information on the Internet will soon be launched in Vietnam.
Software that prevents personal computers from accessing websites containing misleading information, and an investigation system that analyzes methods used by cyber criminals to conduct cybercrime will also be developed, Vietnam News Agency reported on Tuesday.
The project was recently approved by the Ministry of Information and Communications. It aims at achieving the goals outlined in a national strategy on cybercrime prevention in the 2016-25 period, with a vision to 2030.
As part of the project, ministry will collaborate with other ministries and sectors to develop communication plans and messages on mass media, at schools and in families to raise awareness on cybercrime prevention, especially teaching young people to filter out inappropriate information online.
A system of legal documents on cybercrime prevention will be developed, which includes stricter measures against cybercrime, policies on online information management, and preferential policies that encourage the development of online services by Vietnamese information technology enterprises.
The project also aims to identify, investigate and handle 100 percent of cases that perpetuate misleading information, as well as strengthening international and transnational collaboration on online information management.
Vietnam signed up 9.9 million fixed broadband Internet subscribers in the first half of this year, up 16.9 percent on-year, according to the country’s General Statistics Office.