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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.

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