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China wants a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T when it comes to internet policies

China is infamous for blocking access to various types of content on the internet. China also forces search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo to censor their search results and has in the past forced the search engines to hand over information on users.

One of the most recent censorship issues in China was the censoring of map services like Google Maps. China said the censorship was due to security risks. Reuters reports that China has vowed it will not relax government control of the internet and will not bow down to foreign criticism of its rules and regulations for the internet.

China's vow to keep its strict censorship policies in place were part of a whitepaper published this week by the Chinese government called "a crystallization of human wisdom" that stated in part that the internet was "transforming the pattern of economic development."

China already boasts the world's largest internet-using population and the country has plans to grow that number even further. Over the next five years, China plans to give 45% of its population totaling 1.3 billion access to the internet. That would be a gain of 30% from the number of internet users in the country right now. China specifically promised no reduction in control over censoring pornographic and violent content and will continue to block access to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as well.

The whitepaper states, "Effectively protecting Internet security is an important part of China's Internet administration, and an indispensable requirement for protecting state security and the public interest. Internet administration is a process of continuous practice, and the Chinese government is determined to improve its Internet administration work."

Governments around the world have criticized China's policies on censorship including authorities from the U.S. and Europe. China states the criticisms will have no effect on how it controls access to information online. "Within Chinese territory the Internet is under the jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty,” the whitepaper continued. “The Internet sovereignty of China should be respected and protected."

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Gotta love the commies
By bobsmith1492 on 6/8/2010 12:15:58 PM , Rating: 3
1. Filter out anything that might make your country look bad
2. Prevent people from freely communicating with each other
3. Call it security

Straight out of 1984 and standard Chinese tactics...

One day the Great Firewall of China will fail and its people will realize they don't have to have such a horrible government.

RE: Gotta love the commies
By carniver on 6/8/2010 12:45:55 PM , Rating: 2
Why do I have the feeling that you're talking about the U.S.?

RE: Gotta love the commies
By Azure Sky on 6/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: Gotta love the commies
By callmeroy on 6/8/2010 3:37:04 PM , Rating: 3
You sir, are an idiot.

Good day.

RE: Gotta love the commies
By tastyratz on 6/8/2010 4:06:34 PM , Rating: 2
age appropriate content does matter in development. While public set guidelines are hardly realistic for a majority its a generalization for the poorly raised children of today.

So does it matter? yes.

The problem here in the u.s. is not about censoring porn from children, its about abuse of the censorship system and public trust to enforce and pervert the goal for personal agenda.

Example: Killing many newsgroups and call it a kiddie porn win. Nobody will object to anything with the words kiddie porn so people get free reign to do as they please via rider.

Thanks **aa.

RE: Gotta love the commies
By FaceMaster on 6/8/2010 3:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
No, no... you missed the two most important steps.

1. Filter out anything that might make your country look bad
2. Prevent people from freely communicating with each other
3. Call it security
4. ???
5. Profit!

RE: Gotta love the commies
By jmcelroy on 6/9/2010 11:28:31 AM , Rating: 2
Although censorship sucks, I feel that China isn't as bad as you have been led to believe. At least I can log onto dailytech, read this article, and respond to your comments... all from behind "the Great Firewall" as you said!

RE: Gotta love the commies
By Sonikku13 on 6/9/2010 10:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
The Great Firewall of China can easily be bypassed through proxy servers. It also doesn't block secure traffic, such as VPN or SSH. All of these are moot as China still tries to censor the internet, showing the work to cause the firewall to fail isn't over yet.

In other news.....
By SigmundEXactos on 6/8/2010 1:06:16 PM , Rating: 4
Water remains wet...
Dogs bark at trees...

RE: In other news.....
By bug77 on 6/8/2010 4:24:31 PM , Rating: 1
That's a +6 right there.

RE: In other news.....
By GGA1759 on 6/8/2010 6:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
That's why it's been at a 2 all day. And you didn't even give it a +1 before you posted your reply.

By Motoman on 6/8/2010 2:05:11 PM , Rating: 5
...Looking at China, North Korea, Iran, Burma (heh), just to name a few...

Those governments *have* to eliminate the free flow of information, because their continued existence is utterly dependent on their populations *believing* the BS that they are fed.

It's as simple as that. In order for the communist government of China to continue to exist, it has to keep it's citizens ignorant about a great many things - and it has to make sure that they keep accepting the propaganda that the government forces them to accept (in the absence of actual information).

So no, China (and other such countries) will not ever allow free access to information - to do so would be governmental suicide.

By GGA1759 on 6/8/2010 12:11:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm assuming since China would never release control of the internet, that China might relax it's control instead.

By alee1234 on 6/8/2010 2:56:56 PM , Rating: 2
Check out these anti chinese communist party t-shirts. Wear one of these in China and it will be confiscated.

Who Cares?
By kjnelan on 6/8/2010 3:39:19 PM , Rating: 2
I find myself asking the same question over and over again... who cares what China does or does not do? I don't live there so why should I attempt to change the policies of a country about which I know absolutely nothing?!?!?!

What does it matter if they censor their internet media? I would care if the USA does simply because I live in the USA.

As a business man, I also know that if I want to do business in a foreign country, then I have to be willing to play by their rules, and not by the rules of my own country (unless it comes to taxes of course) so why all the bother???? Is this really a civil rights issue about a country we don't live in? Come on folks! Worry about what's going on in your own country before bothering someone else's!

Respect is earned, not copied
By Shivermewhsipers on 6/8/2010 3:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
The Chinese want respect? Earn it. Don't copy it and don't try and cheat your way to it. And try to stop manufacturing and selling so many poisonous products.

Then after a few decades, maybe China can achieve the respect it alleges to desire.

Easy solution
By Targon on 6/8/2010 6:08:33 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just cut the link to China, and leave them inside their country with no Internet connection to the outside world? Seriously, they want to be isolated, so why not help them and cut the links?

By createcoms on 6/9/2010 3:52:59 AM , Rating: 2
Does this actually stop tech savvy Chinese dudes? I mean, if they startup a secure tunnel session to a proxy or similar in another country do chinese government ninjas knock down their door or is it like the silenty imposed "filtering" in some western countries like here in New Zealand where if you use your local ISP's dns servers certain sites don't resolve but you can bypass it and nobody cares...

Screw China
By TechIsGr8 on 6/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: Screw China
By gamerk2 on 6/8/2010 12:46:35 PM , Rating: 3 would that hurt China again? We'd be screwed, due to higher prices, but other then that, this will cause no tangable effect.

I find it funny though; Austriallia has the same exact restrictions, but no country condemms them...hypocracy much?

RE: Screw China
By wiz220 on 6/8/2010 12:50:14 PM , Rating: 3
Ok, that'd work great until China stops lending us money by purchasing our government debt. Sadly, I think THEY have the upper hand here, not us.

RE: Screw China
By taber on 6/8/2010 1:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it's more of a tie. If China were to tank our economy, they'd also tank their foreign reserves. Not to mention how much our imports plummeting would also impact their economy.

The odds of seeing any big action being taken by the US on China or vice-versa are pretty slim because of that.

RE: Screw China
By Smartless on 6/8/2010 2:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yah I remember watching a show on this one company in China with an excess of about $50 billion. His job was to find promising American companies to invest in. He said the better America does, the farther their exports go.

Aside from all this economics business. You know its so easy to turn this into a black and white, censorship versus free speech, argument. But here we are, "protecting" our children from violent games, internet bullies, porn, as well as having net nannies. On one side of the coin, at least we have can choose to show our kids this but the other you can say the government is providing free protection. lol. Man that argument didn't turn out so well.

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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