Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Vietnam Requires Gov't Vetting of Business Websites

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the having-it-bad dept.

Censorship 32

bhsurfer writes "Vietnam is now requiring government permission for businesses to set up websites. This article on yahoo give a brief rundown. The Ministry of Culture and Information came up with the rules, but hasn't given any info about the penalties for breaking them." The rules are apparently designed to combat the "increasing numbers of Vietnamese with access to news from outside sources." Update: 10/14 19:40 GMT by T :Sorry, that's 'Vietnam'.'

cancel ×

32 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

Vietname (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447410)

Vietname? Those filthy commie bastards changed the name after we lost, huh?

Vietname... (4, Funny)

david.given (6740) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447427)

...would make a really good name for an east Asian domain registrar.

Re:Vietname... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447591)

... and vietname.com [vietname.com] is already taken. Just shows you there are no good domains left anymore...

Re:Vietname... (1)

neitzsche (520188) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447761)

... and vietname.com [vietname.com] is already taken. Just shows you there are no good domains left anymore...

Someone please mod the parent up.

Oh, and fix the title's typo already.

Excuse me .... (0, Funny)

fro_less (546447) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447447)

What's your nam?

Re:Excuse me .... (1)

pkphilip (6861) | more than 11 years ago | (#4494623)

I guess you don't know how close you got to something...!

The word which sounds exactly like "nam" (as in vietnam) means name in Hindi and Sanskrit. So "whats your nam?" could mean "whats your name?"

Yes, because (1)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447455)

Stopping a VIETNAMESE business will certanly keep OUTSIDE information from getting in. WHat the hell kind of bogus comment is that????

Sure it will (2)

KnightStalker (1929) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447560)

if the business in question is an internet cafe or an ISP. Maybe you should read the article.

prostityootka! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447488)

govorit meenya vavoot, syeka!

Vietnam (1)

Wrexen (151642) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447558)

The correct spelling of the country's name only has one 'e'. Mod me down as redudant when everyone else posts this, please!

Re:Vietnam (1)

buswolley (591500) | more than 11 years ago | (#4493964)

Let me make it redundant for everyone. **"The correct spelling of the country's name only has one 'e'. Mod me down as redudant when everyone else posts this, please!"**

Wow... my education is lacking (1)

Zelet (515452) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447583)

Up until today, I thought there was a communist North Vietnam and a democratic South Vietnam much like the Koreas. Wow, I guess I'm wrong. Good job of teaching us world history Fremont High School and UNO department of history.

Bastards :)

Re:Wow... my education is lacking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447627)

You are thinking Korea.

Once the US presence left Vietnam, the North united the country, under the communist banner of course.

But, as I have seen on TV, it is a wonderful place to on vacation!

Re:Wow... my education is lacking (0, Flamebait)

neocon (580579) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447730)

Yep. They also killed more Vietnamese in the first three years of `peace' than had died in the entire previous twenty-five years of war...

Re:Wow... my education is lacking (1, Redundant)

neocon (580579) | more than 11 years ago | (#4449509)

Heh -- anyone wanna guess who's orthodoxy was offended enough by this fact to make them mark this post (but not either of the parents) `Off Topic'. :-)

Vetting? (1)

cjpez (148000) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447820)

Huh?
pez@charm bin $ wlookup vetting
1 definition found

*** Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) ***
Curvet \Cur"vet\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Curveted} or {-vetted};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Curveting} or {-vetting}.] [Cf. It.
corvettare. See {Curvet}, n.]
1. To make a curvet; to leap; to bound. ``Oft and high he did
curvet.'' --Drayton.

2. To leap and frisk; to frolic. --Shak.

Re:Vetting? (2)

msuzio (3104) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447896)

Try stepping away from the machine and looking in a real dictionary. It's a word.

Lazy ass programmers :-)

Re:Vetting? (2, Informative)

cjpez (148000) | more than 11 years ago | (#4448029)

<voice type="simpsons">diiii...ct....ion.....ary?</voice>

Well, though I don't have a real dictionary on hand at the moment, going over to dictionary.com does give me a little better information, a la:

v. vetted, vetting, vets
v. tr.
  1. To subject to veterinary evaluation, examination, medication, or surgery.
  2. To subject to thorough examination or evaluation: vet a manuscript.

I assume it's being used in case #2 here. :) I suppose that clears that up, then.

This is stupid. Communism. (0)

genrader (563784) | more than 11 years ago | (#4448061)

See? Another reason Communism doesn't work: No freedom. Eventually China will collapse. Russia collapsed and China got their policies from Russia, therefore, China will eventually collapse. How and when I don't know but they will. Sigh...poor people.

Communist Country? (2)

jsimon12 (207119) | more than 11 years ago | (#4448069)

And the fact that yet another Communist country is trying to keep its citizens in the dark about the outside world is a surprise for what reason?

Re:Communist Country? (1)

buswolley (591500) | more than 11 years ago | (#4493970)

what country doesn't keep is citizens in the dark?

Oh please please please don't say the U.S.

Live in the United States of Zen. ..You could always live in Zen, then

The penalty for -anything- in Vietnam (1)

Mordant (138460) | more than 11 years ago | (#4448186)

is pretty much the same - i.e., a bullet in the back of the head.

Not just Commiez... SPAIN too! (5, Informative)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 11 years ago | (#4448191)

The Reg [theregister.co.uk] just had an article this morning [theregister.co.uk] , about a similar law - called LSSI- in Spain.

ISPs and sites are being held accountable for "illicit" content.

Stop your red-baiting on the thread, you trolls! It's happening in "western, liberal-democracies", too!

U.S. is mere motions away from this. If recent precedent carries over to Net space, "Justice" Department will exercise this authority without consultation from the legislature.

Re:Not just Commiez... SPAIN too! (3, Insightful)

neocon (580579) | more than 11 years ago | (#4448505)

U.S. is mere motions away from this. If recent precedent carries over to Net space, "Justice" Department will exercise this authority without consultation from the legislature.

Care to back this claim up? Care to show us anything resembling this being proposed in the US?

And, for the record, I wouldn't call a nation doing something like this a `liberal democracy', no matter what continent it's on. Would you?

Re:Not just Commiez... SPAIN too! (3, Interesting)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 11 years ago | (#4448745)

Well, Ashcroft's statements [nationallawcenter.org] are easy enough to find. This is related to the Child-Pr0n bugbear.

It's all about the children

More astonishing precedent is set by the confiscation [cmu.edu] of web servers at raisethefist.com [indymedia.org] .

If I am to accept what I beleive to be your criteria, then it's pretty clear in the light of recent developments, that the U.S. is not a liberal democracy, and is quickly moving away from any reasonable description of a Republic.

Re:Not just Commiez... SPAIN too! (2)

neocon (580579) | more than 11 years ago | (#4448911)

Interesting -- so in your view prosecution of server admins after the fact for publishing content (child pornography) which is already illegal is the same as prior restraint of web publishing or punishment of unpopular views?

Really?

That's even stranger than your original claims...

Re:Not just Commiez... SPAIN too! (1)

J'raxis (248192) | more than 11 years ago | (#4450751)

Try Pennsylvania [slashdot.org] . The state government is forcing WorldCom to block content from outside the U.S. because it finds it objectionable.

Re:Not just Commiez... SPAIN too! (2)

neocon (580579) | more than 11 years ago | (#4450790)

Well, for starters, I think that should read ``a publicity-crazed state attorney general is trying to raise the spectre of carrier liability in order to draw attention to his re-election campaign'', but yes, people do try stunts like this from time to time. That the system has done a very good job of smacking such attempts down (and that the only example you come up with is from local state politics, not federal at all) is one more example of how well our system has done at the job of preserving individual rights in the over two-hundred years that it has existed.

Orwell's vision (0)

Tar-Palantir (590548) | more than 11 years ago | (#4453355)

"Ministry of Culture and Information"... yeah right. Taken from the pages of 1984.

Re:Orwell's vision (1)

buswolley (591500) | more than 11 years ago | (#4493976)

1984. good book dat. Wasn't that the one that taught us to love the government because they love us too, and will care for us like we were but tini-babes? p.Hold on let me put on the tin foil.

Penalty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4464201)

"The Ministry of Culture and Information came up with the rules, but hasn't given any info about the penalties for breaking them."
During the first reported enforcement of the new law, a representative of the Ministry of Culture and Information was quoted as having declared, "I need about three-fitty." Chef Nguyen, official spokesperson for the alleged violator, was openly skeptical of this penalty, claiming in a statement that continues to baffle the editorial staff, "the business has long worked to maintain profitability, and is thus hesitant to once again be fooled so easily by the likes of that damned Loch Ness Monster." No other officials at the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information could be reached for comment at press time, though many anonymous government insiders speculate that the special representative might deign to accept two-fitty.

The internet is alive a well in Hanoi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4500671)

I was in Vietnam in April. Internet cafes do quite a business. Usually a cafe is ten winders boxes sharing a 56K modem, but it's either that or no access. The locals are into instant messaging. Try using something like hotmail, and you'll wait forever for the graphics to download.

We used a lot of Vietnamese web sites to book our tours.

It may be Socialist in name, but Vietman is very open for business.
Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?