[funsec] Vietnam Censors Use Porn as a Smokescreen
fergdawg at netzero.net
Tue Aug 22 22:35:53 CDT 2006
The Vietnamese government claims it only wants to deny access to online
pornography, but it is actually far more interested in blocking access
to political and religious websites.
So says a report into online censorship in Vietnam by the OpenNet
Initiative, a group of researchers from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and
Toronto universities. The report, published last week, says the
government is using increasingly sophisticated filtering techniques to
block access to sites that could threaten the country's one-party
system, on topics such as political dissidents, democracy and Buddhism.
Sites written in Vietnamese are far more likely to be blocked than
those in English. Internet usage in cybercafes, the most common way to
access the web in Vietnam, is checked regularly, the report says.
"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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