Last update: 10:59 | 19/04/2017
Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan made clear State management in cyber information safety and social media during a question-and-answer session as part of the National Assembly Standing Committee’s ninth session in Hanoi on April 18.
Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan
Tuan said Vietnam is among the top countries in terms of the use of social networking sites, with nearly 45 million Facebook users and also one of the top 10 Youtube subscribing countries.
Due to limited law awareness, part of the general public were exposed to and incited by pornographic, violent and false information, including distorted ones released by hostile forces, mostly on foreign social media pages, which has worried the public, he admitted.
The ministry has asked Google to remove more than 2,200 video clips that blackened and spoke ill of Party and State leaders on its Youtube channel. As of April 12, the Internet search engine giant took off 1,299 toxic clips and dealt with a reactionary channel with 517 clips.
Recently, the ministry also urged Google to establish a mechanism to prevent and delete toxic information violating Vietnam’s law on some of its platforms such as blogs and websites.
In the coming months, it will also work with Facebook to remove pages falsely named after Party and State leaders, as well as work with the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and the military-run telecom provider Viettel which are known as suppliers of digital information archive hiring service to foreign individuals and organisations on the regard.
Other measures include building a precautionary and warning tool, a management mechanism that enables the use of a filtering and updating system that promptly discovers and halts the display of violated information.
On the cyber security and safety issue raised by lawmakers following the recent cyber attacks against several aviation units and agencies, Tuan admitted that such attacks tend to increase worldwide in quantity, scale and complexity.
He cited a 2016 survey conducted by the ministry and the Vietnam Information Security Association as saying that 41 percent of agencies and organisations did not check malwares on their networks, 51 percent of respondents were yet to issue a standard response process in case of incidents, and 73 percent were yet to adopt information safety measures in line with regulations and domestic and global standards.
The minister attributed the situation to limited awareness of information safety among sectors and businesses’ executives, the shortage of competent experts specialised in the field, technical standard system and investment resources.
He pledged to continue refining the legal corridor in the field, adding that the ministry has directed concerned agencies to coordinate, alert and directly respond to several important and urgent cases while issuing a process to check and ensure cyber information safety, deal with incidents and conduct information security rehearsals.
The ministries’ relevant agencies have offered guidelines, supervision, warning and technical support to ministries, agencies and localities, as well as strengthen cooperation with the ministries of National Defence and Public Security via information sharing and collaboration mechanisms, he said.
Talking further about this issue, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam underscored the importance of synchronous measures, from legal framework, institutions to technical solutions, and most importantly, users’ awareness, adding that the association of IT enterprises needs to play a role in improving public awareness of this effort.
Concluding the event, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan asked the NA Secretary General to work with relevant agencies to announce the NA Standing Committee’s conclusion on the question-and-answer session.
The NA’s Ethnic Council, committees and lawmakers were required to strengthen supervision on the delivery of promises made by ministers and heads of sectors, contributing to dealing with arising issues together with the government and meeting expectation of constituents and people across the country.