Viet Nam News: Digital Vietnamese knowledge system launched. “All Vietnamese citizens can now participate in spreading knowledge conveniently and effectively thanks to the “Digital Vietnamese knowledge system” project – an ambitious Wikipedia-like portal tailored for Vietnamese, which was launched in Hà Nội on January 1.”
BBC News: Vietnam army hires censors to fight ‘internet chaos’. “The Vietnamese military has built up a force of more than 10,000 internet censors, according to local reports. A People’s Army leader is quoted as having said that the ‘cyber-troops’ had been tasked with tackling “wrongful views” and anti-state propaganda.”
New York Times: Vietnam Wants to Control Social Media? Too Late.. “The government cites growing concerns over cybersecurity and fake news as reasons to exert more control over social-media platforms. But internet access has also served as an outlet for political activism and exposés denouncing corruption and government misconduct. Vietnam has one of the highest rates of social-media usage among countries with comparable per capita incomes. There are about 52 million Facebook active accounts here, for a population of about 96 million. Google and YouTube also are very popular.” Tons of links in this article.
Washington Post: Apparent crackdown in Vietnam on social media, but many users undeterred. ” The police in communist-led Vietnam have been cracking down especially hard on free expression over social media for the past few months. Or, at least as far as experts, regular users and dissident bloggers can tell, that seems to be the case.”
Google Webmasters Blog: Introducing Our New International Webmaster Blogs!. New blogs in Hindi, Russian, Turkish, Thai, and Vietnamese.
VietnamNet: Students design war hero burial database. “The students spent three months seeking information for the database and designing the website, according to Truong Van An, deputy secretary of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union at the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Through the search function, visitors only need to type the full name of the martyr or heroic mother buried in the cemetery. The site will then reveal the martyrs’ birth year, birthplace, day of sacrifice, burial position in the cemetery, and their site of fighting in the war.”
Radio Free Asia: Vietnam’s State Media Now Look to Social Media For Timely, Accurate News. “State-controlled media in Vietnam are looking more and more to private citizens’ postings on social media as sources of objective information and for leads to news stories, according to Central Propaganda Department chief Vo Van Thuong, speaking on June 20 at a press conference in Hanoi.”