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China Reaffirms Plans to “Purify” the Internet

China Reaffirms Plans to “Purify” the Internet

Says crackdown on online pornography is part of overall effort to preserve “national long-term stability,” build a “harmonious socialist society,” and prevent the “poisoning of young people’s physical and mental health,” but most likely is all about strengthening its grip on the what could be a dangerous conduit for threatening images and ideas.

I mentioned early last month how China was ratcheting up its fight against online pornography with news that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) had shuttered some 414 sites and counting.

China’s Ministry of Public Security now says it’s closed more than 9,000, arrested 5,394 people, and prosecuted 4,186, evidence the country is taking the “problem” very seriously.

It says the fight will deepen in the coming year and that it would “intensify punishments for Internet operations that violate laws and regulations.”

For this it plans a three-pronged strategy.

The first task is a crackdown on Internet pornography crimes. This means focusing on what it calls the “key targets” of people in the country who work for overseas porn websites, mobile phone porn websites, and P2P networks and sites.

The second is to increase the size of its Internet security section that handles pornography-related cases so that it can not only handle and investigate more, but also served as a deterrent for those considering engaging in “criminal activities.”

The third is to “strengthen cooperation with relevant departments and coordination among units together to create a good network management order.” It wants departments to better communicate with one another and collaborate on investigation and prosecution of illegal websites.

As part of that effort it says that it intends to create a “blacklist” that will provide “timely information about foreign propaganda, radio and television, publishing and other areas for their disposal.

If all of that wasn’t scary enough, it also plans to “urge ISPs to put in place preventive technology” that filters pornographic material.

The intensity of their war on pornography is pretty laughable until you stop to think what their ulterior motive really is – censorship and control. I mean unless the Chinese people have a serious porn addiction that is disrupting society (which I highly doubt) there is no reason for such a top to bottom mobilization by authorities.

The necessity of porn is pretty hard to defend, and it makes for a much easier method of getting people and ISPs to comply (not that the govt needs it). It also softens criticisms of people overseas who regularly denounce the Great Firewall of China.

The Chinese govt knows it needs to get a firm grab on the Internet if its to stay in power and anti-porn efforts are all part of that strategy.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
PulSamsara
PulSamsara

Censorship on THIS Blog too ! ------------------------------------------ 2nd post : Fuck China - Up the ass - In front of the Gazebo !

man o man
man o man

Fucking Stupid Fucking Cunts. Go Fuck Yourselfs Chineese Cunts.

Antonio Medina
Antonio Medina

I don't think the chinese oppressive minded government can do away with the internet. I think they have the will but lack the intelligence to do away with it. The moment they start strangling it, it will disappear from under their hands. Chinese facists are going to launch their nation into the dark middle ages.

L. Jones
L. Jones

They should start by shutting down the spam mills and botnets in their country that menace the rest of the world.

user
user

ok I suggest everyone just use a vpn in china and wherever they are being blocked. fk censorship.

Scary Devil Monastery
Scary Devil Monastery

Yes indeed, and for the protection of the state and to crack down on kiddy porn, naturally every recognized VPN will be included on the filter list. After all, if you have nothing to hide, a little surveillance won't hurt, eh? 1984 was never meant to be an instruction manual.



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