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Vietnam Prioritises Internet Safety for Children

The Authority of Information Security (AIS), under The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), is urging parents who have children who regularly access the internet to adhere to the information security guidelines and measures provided by service providers. Additionally, they should improve their knowledge about online safety practices to better protect their children.

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During a recent press conference, an AIS official underlined the importance of parental vigilance when it comes to online content. He encouraged parents to follow the principles of conduct in the network environment and ensure that their children only use applications specifically designed for them. All internet users should stay vigilant regarding applications of unknown origin, as they all carry a potential risk of compromising information security.

The government also stressed its prompt response to cyberspace violators. The Director of MIC’s Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI), Le Quang Tu Do, revealed that upon receiving reports about several groups on a popular social media platform, each consisting of tens of thousands of members who frequently share negative content, ABEI swiftly acted by reaching out to the platform requesting the removal of the groups.

In terms of regulating cultural conduct in the digital realm, Do mentioned that this responsibility falls not only on MIC but also involves other ministries and sectors, namely the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism is collaborating with other relevant agencies to enact several initiatives aimed at enhancing public awareness on social networks. The two ministries are also joining forces to establish a punishment process that involves penalties such as restrictions on broadcasting, performances, and advertising for artists who violate rules and regulations. This procedure is expected to be officially released by the end of this year.

MIC has taken proactive measures to improve safety awareness. It has released a handbook outlining proper conduct in cyberspace and initiated a campaign called ‘Tin‘ (which translates to both news and trust in Vietnamese). This campaign is designed to equip internet users with essential information and skills, enabling them to identify, discern, and counteract fake news and harmful content online. Moreover, it highlights the importance of users being responsible when posting, providing, and sharing information on the web.

Earlier this year, MIC introduced a draft decree aimed at regulating the management, provision, and use of internet services. As per the proposed guidelines, social networks will be obligated to remove content that infringes upon the established regulations, accompanied by appropriate actions taken against offending accounts, community pages, and content channels.

As OpenGov Asia reported, organisations and individuals providing services, whether operating within Vietnam or abroad, are required to prevent and remove content that violates the law as per MIC directives. In situations where non-compliant content remains available despite the instructions, MIC will resort to technical measures, such as website, application, and platform blocking, to restrict access to services offering such content.

A significant inclusion in the draft decree mandates that social networks must suspend the accounts, community pages, community groups, and content channels that repeatedly violate regulations or commit severe infractions, either temporarily or permanently. These regulations are geared towards tackling the root causes of violations and streamlining the process, reducing the time and resources expended by authorities in the removal and blocking of non-compliant content.

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