Saigon Times: Hawa launches database of legal wood

Saigon Times: Hawa launches database of legal wood. “The Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCMC (Hawa) rolled out a website on January 18… known as Vietnam’s Legal Wood Database, to support enterprises in searching for all varieties of wood in the country and assisting those selling wooden products.”

VietnamPlus: Localities told to collect data for national digital map

VietnamPlus: Localities told to collect data for national digital map. “All provinces and cities in the country need to finish collecting data on local addresses by the end of January so that Vietnam’s digital map project… can be operational by February. In a meeting held earlier this week to mark the start of nationwide data collection, Bui The Duy, deputy minister of science and technology, said one of the fundamental information databases for any country is a complete map with a full address list and associated geocodes.”

CNET: Facebook in violation of new cybersecurity law, says Vietnam

CNET: Facebook in violation of new cybersecurity law, says Vietnam. “Trouble is brewing for Facebook in Vietnam. The social network has infringed on a new cybersecurity law in the country by letting users post content it deemed illegal on its platform, state media reported Wednesday.”

Quartz: Vietnam’s Lady Gaga is pressuring Facebook to stop complying with censorship laws

Quartz: Vietnam’s Lady Gaga is pressuring Facebook to stop complying with censorship laws. “Now 34 years old, [Mai] Khoi is trying to use her celebrity to pressure Facebook to stop complying with, and instead push back against, government censorship. The singer said she became disenchanted with Vietnamese pop music because of how artists would censor themselves, leading her to spend time with the country’s dissident artists. One of them persuaded Khoi to use her platform to run as an independent candidate for Vietnam’s national assembly in 2016. She was eventually barred from the ballot, and used that publicity to get a sit down with then US president Barack Obama when he was in the country that year.”

Bloomberg Quint: Vietnam Says Google and Facebook May Have Year to Meet Cyber Law

Bloomberg Quint: Vietnam Says Google and Facebook May Have Year to Meet Cyber Law. “Vietnam is proposing to allow international Internet companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. one year to comply with a controversial cyber law that goes into effect on Jan. 1 and requires them to open local offices and store data of Vietnamese users in the country.”

VietnamPlus: Finland helps Vietnam build forestry database

VietnamPlus: Finland helps Vietnam build forestry database. “Vietnam has set up a fully integrated forestry information database under a project funded by the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said at a recent conference in Hanoi. Data from forests across the country and more than 1.4 million forest owners have been integrated in the Management Information System (MIS) for sustainable management of forest resources. Forest owners are organisations, households, individuals and communities that are assigned or leased forests by the State.”