Originally posted by The Inquirer:
THE VIETNAMESE government has decided that the best way to save the world from problems is to ban bloggers from talking about subjects it does not like.
Under the new laws, bloggers are only allowed to talk about personal things and not things that may be judged to undermine national security. Boggers must not incite violence or crime, disclose state secrets, or include inaccurate information that could damage the reputation of individuals and organisations.
A copy of the regulations obtained by the Associated Press show that the rules are designed to kill off Vietnam's booming blogosphere which has been an alternative to the state-run media.
The new rules require Internet companies to report to the government every six months and provide information about bloggers. They are also expected to censor content that the government says is harmful.
The Ministry of Information and Communications also wants bloggers to use "clean, healthy Vietnamese language", which means no swearing, even when you are expressing yourself about matters that are not government related.
It can't be done.
At the moment the average person needs telephone lines to get "online" and that means Internet Suppliers. But most technology these days s capable of making use of radio connections.
So if the users require it they can find alternative feeds to the 'net. And if an inventive mind finds a market for the way that most citizens will retaliate against draconian governments, the next generation of access will bypass the would be controllers.
It isn't only Vietnam that faces restrictive practice, the United Kingdom is hell bent on it with the second most stupid government since Dieblod installed a chimpanzee in the USA.