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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 BansheeX on 12/17/2009 10:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
To help out one another is a very human thing and that is the root of communism.

I think the root of socialism is wanting to abolish ALL private property and, therefore, rights. I argue with people who say it is a right to have basic things provided for you: food, shelter, clothes, medical service, education. What they don't realize is that if everyone has that right, from where do the provisions come? We all want stuff, but none of us want to work for it. Trade necessitates that both parties provide what the other desires or they won't get what they desire. Billion of people doing that daily does require things necessary to defend rights and uphold contracts: courts, national defense, roads... but then the government decides it must

(a) monopolize the money adopted by society and centrally fix the interest rate on borrowed money via a central bank.
(b) turn the money from gold to something which can be manufactured by its issuer at no labor or material cost.
(c) print the money and distribute it as it pleases while levying a progressive income tax. This allows them to socially engineer society and promote one legal behavior over another. Could be getting married, having kids, owning a home, starting a shrimp farm, imploding an investment bank.

If you can't see the problem with (c), I'll fill you in. The trader of production shifts from the earner (laborer) to a non-earner (politician). Non-earners of money don't fear loss, and without fear of loss, care and consideration for the return drops significantly. It becomes a game for dictatorial imbeciles who believe that they can create wealth better than we can. This command and control mentality has led to USA going from largest creditor to largest debtor, SS turning into an unsustainable ponzi scheme, the inflation of bubbles in tech stocks and housing.

But there are still some major rights we enjoy over China, and that's freedom to speak and arm ourselves to the teeth. Too bad we're too dumb to really utilize either.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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