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Chinese internet users will have less access to porn and pirated information until next year

The Chinese government has launched yet another attack against internet pornography, with officials expecting the anti-porn program to last until the end of May 2010.

To help lead the way, WAP site registration will have to undergo additional scrutiny, with each site's registration information verified before it goes live.  Furthermore, the government also will go beyond WAP sites, and will also target third-party payment companies, and others who are involved in providing online pornography to Chinese internet users.

"If they do not take up proper actions, they will be held for the breach of duty," according to a statement reported on by Chinese media.  "In those serious cases, the corporate representatives will be forced to apologize to the public and promise to correct their wrong-doings in public."

Some web hosts in Shanghai, Henan, Zhejiang and Jiangxi are now saying some customers are calling in to complain they can no longer access their own personal Web sites.  Furthermore, ISPs are no longer allowed to host personal websites -- only businesses and companies approved by the government -- can have individual Web sites.

The so-called great wall of China has kicked thousands of PC users off of the internet, with YouTube, twitter, Facebook and Flickr also reprimanded for various reasons.  YouTube came under fire in March after videos highlighting the situation in Tibet were promoted by Chinese users.

Along with a crackdown on internet porn, the government also is leading yet another attempt to limit piracy -- several Chinese websites known for hosting copyrighted music and movies were disconnected.

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RE: Just another reason...
By MamiyaOtaru on 12/17/2009 6:32:04 PM , Rating: 3
show me a so called communist country that hasn't been like this.

If every country that calls itself communist has been a single party totalitarian state, you can't really blame people for thinking Communism is something other than what it was intended to be. All the examples of "communist" countries have tended to change the meaning of the word, at least for average joes like me.

RE: Just another reason...
By Targon on 12/18/2009 2:28:40 AM , Rating: 2
I think that the real issue is that just because one hasn't existed yet does not mean it would not be possible. Remember, you have idealists out there who understand that while it may be difficult for such a country to exist, it is POSSIBLE.

It goes back to the concept that while most politicians are self-serving greedy people with no concern for what will really benefit the people, there ARE some out there that do have ideals. This is more of an academic perspective, not about ONLY going on what has happened in the past.

RE: Just another reason...
By GodisanAtheist on 12/18/2009 11:42:08 AM , Rating: 2
Look up Kerala. It is a South Indian State and the ONLY communist government that has been legally and democratically voted into office (with the communist party coexisting with other parties).

It is one of the poorest states in INDIA (think about it) yet has one of the premier health care systems in the entire world. It also has one of the highest literacy rates (and overall quality of education) of any state in India and ranks rather high in world literacy rates.

So there you go: A communist state that wasn't forged out of revolution that didn't become a single party oligarchy that didn't kill off the wealthy or make everyone poor and improved the quality of life for (ostensibly) everyone.

It worked for them, it doesn't work for everyone (certainly not us) and I really wish people would stop with the **** its COMMUNISM thing.

Capitalism and Free Markets rely on the preposterously naive assumption that people will make purchases rationally and in their own self interest, and if you've ever seen a fanboy "debate" you can easily understand how ridiculous such a thing is.

RE: Just another reason...
By lazylazyjoe on 12/19/2009 12:35:34 AM , Rating: 2
Northamerica. pre 1600.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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