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China Tightens Internet Restrictions 83

The NY Times reports China has once again stepped up its efforts to control the internet, passing a new set of rules by which internet users and ISPs must abide. In addition to requiring that users provide their real names to internet providers, the government says those providers are now more responsible for deleting or blocking posts that aren't agreeable to the Chinese authorities. Quoting: "The new regulations, issued by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, allow Internet users to continue to adopt pseudonyms for their online postings, but only if they first provide their real names to service providers, a measure that could chill some of the vibrant discourse on the country’s Twitter-like microblogs. The authorities periodically detain and even jail Internet users for politically sensitive comments, such as calls for a multiparty democracy or allegations of impropriety by local officials. In recent weeks, Internet users in China have exposed a series of sexual and financial scandals that have led to the resignations or dismissals of at least 10 local officials. International news media have also published a series of reports in recent months on the accumulation of wealth by the family members of China’s leaders, and some Web sites carrying such reports ... have been assiduously blocked, while Internet comments about them have been swiftly deleted. The regulations issued Friday build on a series of similar administrative guidelines and municipal rules issued over the past year. China’s mostly private Internet service providers have been slow to comply with them, fearing the reactions of their customers. The Standing Committee’s decision has much greater legal force, and puts far more pressure on Chinese Internet providers to comply more quickly and more comprehensively, Internet specialists said."
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China Tightens Internet Restrictions

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  • by Servaas ( 1050156 ) <captivayay AT hotmail DOT com> on Friday December 28, 2012 @10:57AM (#42410867)

    What makes you say the OP is crazy? His vision of a big brother policed internet isnt that far fetched.

  • by betterunixthanunix ( 980855 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @12:58PM (#42411617)

    Is that what most people want?

    Most people do not care. They just want to get their entertainment -- sports, celebrity gossip, "news," gossip about their friends and family, etc. If they are required to use their real names, they will do so. If their communications is being monitored, they will not care, because they only really cared about getting their entertainment in the first place. People only care about censorship when it directly affects them; tell people that Japanese comic books are censored in the United States, by law, and they will say, "So what? I do not read those anyway, those are disgusting and stupid and I bet there is something wrong with that guy who was arrested for possessing them." Americans think nothing of the fact that their police carry military weapons or that we arrest and imprison more people each year than China (nor do they stop to think about the fact that most "convicted felons" were never actually convicted by a jury, or that we do not have enough courts in this country to give that many people a jury trial).

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