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Vietnam to narrow digital gap with internet connection

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:08 am

Information Technology and Communication (ICT) plays an important role in poverty reduction around the world and particularly in Vietnam. Therefore, it is necessary to universalize informational technology and application in the educational system.

Students from minority schools in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau, are able to access the internet free of charge. (Photo:SGGP)


The issue relating to the universalization ICT in education, attracted many concerned people at the Vietnam National Conference Technology and Communication 2010. It is difficult to get ICT development in Vietnam, if the country fails to universalize ICT in education and develop ICT human resources.


Digital gap reduction

ICT will help the poor farmers and in particular to reduce the ‘digital gap’. It will also create opportunities to share knowledge and information, on agriculture, forestry, fishery, cultivation and animal husbandry. It will also assist with agricultural development issues such as education, training, services and e-commerce.


Over the past ten years, Vietnam Post and Telecommunications (VNPT) implemented a project of internet connection in all schools. However, the project was cancelled due to increasing costs.


In September 2008, the Military Telecom Group, Viettel announced that it would provide free internet connections to all schools and educational offices across the country. Until December 2010, Viettel completed its target to fully provide free internet connections to schools and educational offices.  The program provides more than 25 million teachers and student’s access to internet for teaching, studies and research work.


Viettel also signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education and Training, to invest in the equipment, manuals and other related documents to help train teachers in the use of the internet. Last year, schools in Dien Bien, Lai Chau, and Central Highlands region were able to connect to the internet using this program.


Dr. Quach Tuan Ngoc, Head of the Information Technology Department from the Ministry of Education and Training, said the program help schools connect to the wider world’s communities. The internet will help reduce the technologically ‘backward gap’ that can exist among some regions in the country.


Creating electronic educational programs

According to Information Technology experts, it is difficult to develop IT human resource if schools are not able to access the internet. If teachers cannot access the internet, they will not be able to teach effectively and students will not be able to research and study.


The internet connection plays an important role in developing modern education, say experts, and the use of the internet at schools will help the IT sector train more high-quality individuals.
The educational sector needs support from the IT companies and state government, said an expert.


Colonel Nguyen Manh Hung, Deputy General Director of Viettel, said Viettel would maintain and provide free internet to all schools.


Dr. Ngoc claimed that Vietnam would now be one of the few countries in the world that provides free internet access, to all its schools.


According to the 2010 report, from the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Vietnam was ranked with Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in the use of informational technology (IT) in the educational field.

Source: SGGP

Ministry, military-run telecom extend school internet project

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am




Ministry, military-run telecom extend school internet project


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

All education and training institutions with electricity in Vietnam have free access to the internet, said head of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Information and Technology Department Quach Tuan Ngoc.


Ngoc made the statement on Dec. 18 at a conference in Hanoi where the ministry and the military-run telecom group Viettel reviewed their joint two-year internet connection for education programme.


“The result means that Vietnam is one of a few countries in the world where all schools have access to internet,” Ngoc said.


He added that the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) had last month praised Vietnam ‘s IT developments in the education and training sector.


The country has come a long way since a report released in 2008 placed Vietnam alongside Laos , Cambodia and Myanmar in the group with the least developed IT sectors.


The joint programme launched by Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel in September 2008 has provided internet to nearly 29,600 education institutions nationwide. Of these, over 21,000 are now connected to broadband internet through leased line technology, ADSL and third generation technology.


Under the programme, Viettel has provided preferential internet and mobile services policies to teachers and students.


Ngoc said internet access had helped narrow the gap between urban and rural areas.


Director of Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Lak Phan Hong said the connection helped teachers improve their teaching method and required students to be more active learners.


Viettel deputy director Nguyen Manh Hung said the programme focused on kindergartens, primary, secondary and high schools and universities and management units.


The Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan said the sector should be more active and creative to further develop the programme.


“We hope that enterprises, organisations and individuals will continue to develop information and technology application in the sector,” Luan said.


During the two-day conference, the ministry and Viettel signed an agreement in which they promised to continue implementing the programme.


The two sides will invest in equipment, e-books and e-learning.


It is estimated that over 25 million teachers and students have already accessed the internet.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

All schools enjoy free Internet

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 7:57 am




All schools enjoy free Internet


QĐND – Saturday, December 18, 2010, 22:18 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Education and Training and the Viettel Telecom Group (Viettel) reviewed Internet provision programme for schools and launched the informatisation plan in schools in Hanoi on December 18.


Between September 2008 and July 2010, Viettel fully implemented the programme of providing free Internet for more than 29,500 schools across the country. 


This allows over 25 million teachers and students to access Internet for learning and research purposes. 


Pham Vu Luan, the Minister of Education and Training, said Vietnam is now one of the few countries in the world that has entirely free Internet connection in schools.  


According to the 2010 report of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), Vietnam was ranked as high as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in terms of the use of information technology (IT) in education.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Viettel implements full Internet access to Schools

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 7:56 am

The Military Telecom Group, Viettel announced on December 17 that it had now completed its target to fully provide free internet connections to schools and educational offices across the country at an estimated cost of  nearly VND500 billion (USD25 million).

Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel sign a cooperation agreement to maintain internet access to schools across the country in Hanoi on December 17. (Photo:VOV)


The Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel, yesterday reviewed Internet provision programmes for schools and launched an awareness plan for schools in Hanoi. The ministry and Viettel also signed a cooperation agreement to maintain internet access to schools across the country.

The Internet at school program has been carried out by the Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel since September, 2008. The program provides more than 25 million teachers and students access to internet for teaching, study, and research work. Under the agreement, both sides will invest in the equipment, manuals and other related documents to help train teachers in the use of the internet.

Dr. Quach Tuan Ngoc, director of the Information Technology Department under the Ministry of Education and Training, claimed that Vietnam will now be one of the few countries in the world that provides free Internet access to schools.

According to the 2010 report of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Vietnam was ranked with Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in the use of information technology (IT) in education.

The program will also greatly promote information technology to local communities.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel sign a cooperation agreement to maintain internet access to schools across the country



 

Source: SGGP

Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am




Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access


QĐND – Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 20:20 (GMT+7)

PANO – 322 out of 326 schools in Lam Dong province have been connected with broadband internet access, achieving 99% of the goal of the program of “Internet for School-Investment for the Future”.


The figure was released in a ceremony to review this program held on December 13th in Dalat City by Viettel Group and the Lam Dong Provincial People’s Committee.


At the ceremony, Pham Quang Da, Director of Viettel’s branch in Lam Dong, said it was very difficult to facilitate internet access in schools in a province where 90% of its territory was forest and mountains. Thus, Viettel needed to bring internet connections to schools into life and make them effective in education and training. Viettel also pledged to ensure free internet access to those schools.


On this occasion, the Director and the Head of Lam Dong Department of Education and Training also signed a minute on completing this three-year program.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Al-Qaeda reaches out armed with English, Internet

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 6:25 am

AFP/SITE – A SITE Intelligence Group image shows a pubilcation by the Yemen based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

DUBAI, Oct. 18 (AFP) – Al-Qaeda has combined the global reach of both the English language and the Internet as cyber-terrorism tools to win over non-Arab sympathisers.


Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing released the first edition of an online English-language magazine, Inspire, four months ago that included an article on how to build a bomb.


A second, 74-page edition made it to the World Wide Web last week instructing Muslims in Western countries on how to weld deadly steel blades onto SUV vehicles and then plough into civilian crowds.


With Inspire, edited by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the group hopes to recruit young Westerners to the jihadi cause and to apparently encourage random attacks.


“This is by no doubt a new experiment” as it “is the first time Al-Qaeda issues an English-language publication,” a Paris-based expert on Middle East Islamist groups, Dominique Thomas, told AFP.


“These messages target Muslim communities living” outside the Arab world, Thomas said.


Philip Seib, a professor at the University of Southern California and co-author of “Global Terrorism and New Media,” believes the terror network has itself become a media organisation.


“It might be time to stop thinking of Al-Qaeda as the terrorist organisation that does media and more as the media organisation that does terror,” Seib said.


Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, video, audio and written Al-Qaeda statements have mushroomed on the Internet. Now, the network has a complete web-magazine in English.


“This is a shift” in Al-Qaeda’s strategies, said Mustafa Alani, security expert at the Dubai-based think-tank, the Gulf Research Centre.


“Previously, they never cared about non-Arabic readers. This is another dimension of a global war aiming at global recruitment,” he added.


Al-Qaeda “exported” militants, now it “imports” them, it used the Internet to “inform” people, now it’s using it to “recruit” them, Alani said.


Prime contenders for the authors of the new strategy are two Al-Qaeda-linked US citizens, Anwar al-Awlaqi and Samir Khan, both of whom are believed to be in Yemen.


Awlaqi, a 39-year-old American cleric of Yemeni origin, has been linked to US army Major Nidal Hasan who shot dead 13 people in Texas and to a Nigerian student accused of trying to blow up a US airliner on December 25.


Fluent in English, Awlaqi is bent on radicalising fellow US and Western citizens and publicly urged American Muslims to follow the example of Hasan in a video message last May.


US President Barack Obama’s administration has authorised his targeted killing, in a rare move against an American citizen.


The other American believed to be behind the strategy is Samir Khan, a US citizen of Pakistani origin, suspected by US intelligence to be an Internet militant who once operated out of his parents’ basement in New York.


“I’m proud to be a traitor to America,” Khan writes in Inspire’s second edition. “I’m proud to be a traitor in America’s eyes just as much as I’m proud to be a Muslim.


In a global campaign, Al-Qaeda has opted for a borderless means of communication to spread its message and encourage militants to join the “jihad” (holy war) from any part of the world.


Inspire lists a number of Al-Qaeda emails, including a Hotmail address.


But the group advises would-be recruits to download encryption software before sending messages in order to “avoid detection from the intelligence services.”


European governments regularly arrest Islamist forum members.


“Anyone, living in any part of the world can direct a jihadi forum from his home,” said Thomas.


Last year, France and Belgium launched a wave of arrests against “webmasters and members of three major forums which diffused jihadist information on the Internet,” said the Paris-based expert.


The forums have since been closed.


“They want to increase their visibility and the logical way to do that is in English. I think it’s successful, as they’re getting attention at very little cost to them … They’re expanding their audience base,” Seib said.


To curb the network’s growing threat, “governments need to make an effort to use the new media in as effective a way as the terrorist organisations have been,” he said. “You just have to fight their information with your own.”

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Source: SGGP

Vietnam listed among world’s top 20 internet users

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Vietnam listed among world’s top 20 internet users


QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is among the top 20 internet-using countries in the world, according to the Royal Pingdom website monitoring service. 


With 24.3 million internet users (out of its population of 89.6 million), Vietnam stands at No. 20 on the list, right after Canada, which has 25.1 million users (out of a population of 33.5 million), according to a report published recently on the website http://royal.pingdom.com. 


According to Royal Pingdom, there are 1.8 billion internet users in the world and the top 20 countries account for nearly 82 percent of that figure. China takes the top spot with almost twice as many Internet users as the United States, which ranks second on the list. A total of 420 million out of over 1.3 billion Chinese are using the internet compared to 234.4 million out of 307.2 million Americans. 


Among the top 20 countries, seven are Asian (accounting for 35 percent of the world’s total internet users); six are European (30 percent) if you also count Russia; and four are English-language countries including India. 


In five to ten years, the order in the top 20 list will be quite different as the internet penetrates further into countries like India, Brazil and the Philippines.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam listed among world’s top 20 Internet users

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

Vietnam is among the Top 20 Internet-using countries in the world, according to the Royal Pingdom website monitoring service.

With 24.3 million Internet users (out of the population of 89.6 million), Vietnam stood at No. 20 on the list, right after Canada , which has 25.1 million users (out of the population of 33.5 million), Pingdom said in a report published recently on its website http://royal.pingdom.com .

Vietnam is among the Top 20 Internet-using countries in the world, according to the Royal Pingdom website monitoring service. According to Royal Pingdom, there are 1.8 billion Internet users in the world and the Top 20 countries account for nearly 82 percent of the figure. China takes the top spot with almost twice as many Internet users as the United States , who ranks second on the list. A total of 420 million out of the population of over 1.3 billion in China are using Internet and 234.4 million out of 307.2 million Americans are Internet users.

Among the top 20 countries, seven are Asian (accounting for 35 percent of the world’s total internet users); six are European (30 percent) if you also count Russia; and four are English-language countries if you count India.

In five to 10 years, the order in the Top 20 list will be quite different as Internet penetration in countries like India , Brazil and the Philippines is on the rise, the website said./.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam – one of top 20 countries for Internet users

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Vietnam – one of top 20 countries for Internet users


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Along with six other Asian countries, Vietnam has been listed among the top 20 countries in the world with the highest numbers of Internet users.


This is the result of a survey by Pingdom, which provides website and server supervising services to worldwide organizations and businesses.


According to the survey, “Internet World Status”, though the world’s population exceeds six billion, only 1.8 billion people have Internet access and only 32 countries have over 10 million Internet users.


Notably, the top ten countries account for 65 percent of the world’s total number of Internet users, with 1.17 billion. The Top 20 countries make up 1.47 billion users, or 82 percent.


India ranks second for population in the world and fourth Internet users, but only 6.9 percent use the Internet.


China ranks top worldwide for population and Internet users. This country’s Internet user numbers is double that of the US. The total Internet users of China and the US account for over half of total users in the top 15 countries.


In the top 20 are mainly developed countries like the UK (82.5 percent of population having access to Internet), South Korea (81.1 percent), Germany (79.1 percent), Japan (78.2 percent) and the US (76.3 percent).


Africa also has one representative in the top 20 – Nigeria, which ranks tenth. Asia has six representatives, including Vietnam at 20th, accounting for 35 percent of the world’s Internet users. Europe has five representatives, accounting for 25 percent.


Though English is the most used language on the Internet, there are only three English-speaking countries in the list: the US, the UK and Canada.


According to experts, India, China, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines and Russia are “fertile lands” for the development of Internet access in the next 5-10 years.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Ministry bans online games, limits Internet access

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Ministry bans online games, limits Internet access


QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Information and Communications has decided to temporarily stop licensing online games, ban advertisements of online games, and cut off internet access to shops that offer free use of PCs from 11pm to 6am. 


Minister Le Doan Hop announced the decision at a meeting on July 28 with related departments, said Luu Vu Hai, director of the ministry’s Electronic Information and Broadcasting Department. 


The decision would be valid until the end of this year, by which time the ministry expected the Government to approve draft regulations on online games, Hai said. 


The crackdown on online games follows a public outcry about their negative influences on the youth. Local reports have blamed an increase in juvenile crime and school truancy on the influence of and addiction to online games. 


The country has 22 licensed gaming companies and 93 games, of which 18 companies with 76 games are operating now. 


A recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Education and Training showed 70 and 76 per cent of primary school children playing online games on weekdays in Hanoi and HCM City, respectively. During the weekends, 100 percent of the respondents said they played online games. 


Minister Hop also mentioned long-term solutions, saying the Government should work on laws to ensure information security and supervise information provided on the internet. 


He also said the ministry should cooperate with the Public Security Ministry to manage internet usage with electronic IDs. 


Source: VOV


Source: QDND