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Vietnam Requires Gov't Vetting of Business Websites 32

Posted by timothy
from the having-it-bad dept.
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'.'
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Vietnam Requires Gov't Vetting of Business Websites

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  • Vietname... (Score:4, Funny)

    by david.given (6740) <dg@cowlark.cCURIEom minus physicist> on Monday October 14, 2002 @03:04PM (#4447427) Homepage Journal
    ...would make a really good name for an east Asian domain registrar.
    • Re:Vietname... (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      ... and vietname.com [vietname.com] is already taken. Just shows you there are no good domains left anymore...
      • ... 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.
  • Stopping a VIETNAMESE business will certanly keep OUTSIDE information from getting in. WHat the hell kind of bogus comment is that????
  • The correct spelling of the country's name only has one 'e'. Mod me down as redudant when everyone else posts this, please!
    • 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!"**
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
    • Try stepping away from the machine and looking in a real dictionary. It's a word.

      Lazy ass programmers :-)
      • Re:Vetting? (Score:2, Informative)

        by cjpez (148000)
        <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.

  • 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?
    • 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

  • is pretty much the same - i.e., a bullet in the back of the head.
  • by Jeremiah Cornelius (137) on Monday October 14, 2002 @04:16PM (#4448191) Homepage Journal
    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.

    • 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?

      • 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.

        • 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...

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

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