As part of the project, which was approved by the Prime Minister under Decision 677/QĐ-TTg issued on May 18, 2017, a website at has been set up, promising to provide access to a comprehensive knowledge system for all, especially Vietnamese youths, to develop cutting-edge technologies on the basis of big data, Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and artificial intelligence.

In the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s strong impact on all fields, the project hopes to create huge opportunities for innovative start-ups in Việt Nam.

The system comprises an open database providing information and data made public by ministries, agencies, localities, businesses, organisations and individuals; an archive collecting the world’s knowledge translated into Vietnamese and Vietnamese knowledge that has been systematised for easy study and search at different levels.

Users can input questions in a Question-and-Answer column and receive answers from many sources as well as interact with different social networks and forums. In addition, the system offers an application store developed by businesses and individuals. Users can also dial a free number 1001 on Viettel, Mobiphone and Vinaphone networks to get answers to their questions.

As one of the first volunteer participants in the project, military-run group Viettel is building technological infrastructure and contributing knowledge to the system.

At the launch ceremony, representatives of ministries, Government agencies, cities, provinces, education establishments, research institutes, telecom firms, start-ups, social networks, forums and banks, and individuals committed to contributing to the project.

The Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee has also launched a campaign encouraging students to collaborate in the project, with nearly 2.5 million queries submitted to the system in just over a week. In the future, based on existing platforms, documents and data from State agencies and ministries will be updated frequently onto the project’s open database.

Vietnam News - January 2, 2018

Vietnam launches digital database aimed to increase public’s wisdom

The 'Digital Vietnamese Wisdom System' comes at a time Vietnam has pledged to enhance control over online content.

Vietnam put an online database into rolling on Monday as it calls for the public to keep learning and raise the national wisdom to a new level.

The “Digital Vietnamese Wisdom System,” set up by the technology ministry, is now available at in Vietnamese language, given its audience target.

There are information about government agencies, businesses, organizations and important individuals, science and culture content, a Q&A section which allows everyone to contribute to the system by raising inquiries, and a collection of apps by Vietnamese developers.

Chu Ngoc Anh, Minister of Science and Technology, said that “Having the wisdom platform used widely and intensively will be the premise to raise the intelligence of people of all levels.”

Officials in charge said the project is just in its Beta version and will need a lot of public contribution.

The database is an initiative taken to enhance Vietnam’s digital potential ahead of the fourth industrial revolution, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at the event.

It is one step to “bring internet literacy to the entire society,” said Dam. More than half of the 93.7 million people in Vietnam are now online.

The Vietnamese wisdom system was introduced at a time the country has pledged stronger control to clean up the internet, specifically “toxic” content on social media.

In November, Deputy PM Dam told the legislative National Assembly that Vietnam encourages the development of social media, but “it has to go hand in hand with political stability, and must not distort, defame, divide or disseminate content that goes against the policies of the Party and the State, or Vietnamese culture.”

Truong Minh Tuan, Minister of Information and Communication, said in April that “there are good and bad people” on the internet, and to ensure accurate information, “We need social networks provided by local businesses that can replace and compete with Facebook.”

The world’s biggest social network and the most popular in Vietnam has acted upon a request by Vietnamese authorities to remove 159 anti-government accounts, Tuan said at a meeting in December.

He said Google has also removed around 4,500 videos containing bad or toxic content from YouTube out of the 5,000 videos requested to be taken down by Vietnam.

By Vo Hai - - January 2, 2018