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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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What I would like to see...
By HighWing on 12/18/2009 2:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
What I would like to see is just one, (preferable more) major website to just say no to China and block China from their website. I realize many won't because of the vast amount of people (ie money to be made off of them) there are in China. But from the other side I see that as more of a reason to say No and block. In the very lest it gets rid of the problems of constantly having to deal with China's ever changing firewall/web policies. And think of it, if more then one did it, that would force China to rethink their blocking efforts.

In America we are taught to stand up and fight for what you believe in. And the general idea is that we don't like China's firewall/web policies, yet we do very little, if anything to fight it.

I would really love to know what China would do if suddenly Google, Yahoo, Facebook, twitter, and other major websites blocked China. I know they wouldn't care much, but they would then have to deal with their millions of citizen's that suddenly lost access to major parts of the web. And if the trend continued with more sites join in, they would have to do something!

It only takes one major player to take a stand!

RE: What I would like to see...
By kaoken on 12/18/2009 6:56:52 PM , Rating: 2
This would bring porn back how?

RE: What I would like to see...
By MadMan007 on 12/19/2009 12:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
Serious part: Actually China wouldn't miss most of those 'major websites' because they aren't really major in China either because of the 'great firewall' or because their homegrown options serve the Chinese population (or government) better. Baidu is the biggest search engine for example, not Google. Also even if they were major players some copycat sites would pop up damn fast.

not so serious: In America we are taught that it's all about the benjamins :/ or at least we act that way, screw what's 'right.'

RE: What I would like to see...
By carage on 12/21/2009 7:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think that would change anything.
In the short term, there would be a lot of angry netizens posting complaints on forums, then within a few days these complaints get deleted and no one talks about the topic anymore.
But then we should also know a lot of Chinese are not that concerned about access to foreign sites, partly due to language barriers or usage habits, and there is the education factor. I must commend the CCP for a good job in terms of brainwashing people. A lot of young people truly believe in this, heck there are even pop idols whose rise to fame is simply flaming CNN and other foreign media. I've even met some Chinese students who have actually become more fervent to their cause after studying abroad, I never figured out how to explain this phenomenon.
In the long term, there would be Chinese equivalents of these banned services popping up in China sponsored by government propaganda of course. So in the end, the government is happy, Chinese entrepreneurs are happy, and most of the netizens are happy. China has just created the largest LAN in the world with our help.

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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