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Vietnam bans doing pretty much anything online

In Vietnam, it's now officially illegal to do anything online that the government might not like.

The country's infamous Decree 72 went into effect Sunday. A wide, vague range of online activities are now technically criminal acts. It's either a drastic misunderstanding of how the Internet works, a stunning seize of power, or both.

Quoting an outside news source is now illegal. Linking to a news site is illegal. Opposing the government on your personal blog, of course, was already illegal, and those who did so were routinely prosecuted.

Reporters Without Borders says Vietnam has imprisoned 35 bloggers, the highest number of any country besides China, which has 15 times Vietnam's population.

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