Vietnam’s New Cybersecurity Law: Consumer Protection or Blatant Censorship?

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As countries around the world continue to adjust to the difficulties of managing the internet and ensuring cybersecurity, Vietnam has made waves with its new cybersecurity law (“Cybersecurity Law”) that some have deemed “Stalinist” and “totalitarian.” This is not Vietnam’s first foray into cracking down on anti-government speech on the internet; the government has previously shut down online newspapers for publishing “nationally divisive” content, worked with Facebook to silence reporters, and arrested bloggers for public criticism.