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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: 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.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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