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China Closes 3,300 Cybercafes

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by jamming, Dec 28, 2002.

  1. jamming

    jamming Banned

    Looks like China is getting a handle on the Internet

    From the AP Wire

    BEIJING - China has closed more than 3,300 Internet cafes in a safety crackdown launched after a fire in June at a Beijing cafe killed 25 people, the official Xinhua News Agency says. Nearly 12,000 other Internet cafes have been closed temporarily while they make improvements, Xinhua said Thursday.

    The fatal fire June 16 in Beijing's university district came amid complaints by some officials that such businesses were endangering the safety and morals of young people. Many Internet cafes were unlicensed and had no fire exits or other required safety features. Officials complained that they also gave young people access to pornography and other harmful material online.

    The crackdown adds to efforts by the communist government to control how Chinese use the Internet, even as it encourages the spread of online activity for business and education. Special filters block Web surfers from seeing sites abroad run by Chinese dissidents, human rights groups and news organizations.

    Under new rules that took effect Nov. 15, minors are banned from Internet cafes. Managers are required to keep records of customers' identities and to close by midnight. Two teenage boys accused of setting the June fire in Beijing were sentenced to life in prison. Authorities said they had argued with cafe employees.

    China has tens of millions of Internet users, many of whom until recently relied on cybercafes for access. With the falling price of home computers, however, more small businesses and families can afford their own, and many customers now use cybercafes to play computer games rather than getting online.
     
  2. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Is this the entire article? No link?

    SM
     
  3. jamming

    jamming Banned

    Yeah it is just the- AP Wire, they took away my linkable stories at Earthlink.
     
  4. HaYwIrE

    HaYwIrE Banned

    I'll bet arson isn't a big problem in China. ;)
     
  5. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

  6. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    And the punishment of those involved in Tianamen Square was about keeping those annoying people stains off the tread of the tanks.
     
  7. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    It's rather funny...what this does amount to is total and complete control of the information flow to the common Chinese. While the proliferation of web-capable PCs to private homes is always a good thing, the ISPs that service the PRC are bound to abide some rather strict regulations and government monitoring. I was just talking to someone last night in China who has now found out that curse-words over Yahoo IM are being edited and replaced with asterisks on the Yahoo.com.cn system.

    The PRC often states pornography as being the real reason for their clampdowns, yet anyone who's been to China knows the Chinese are as perverted as the rest of us. But the real reason the PRC government initiated the Great Chinese Firewall is to restrict the flow of information. This is why many portions of CNN, the BBC, Reuters, etc., etc. is unavailable to mainlanders. It's really a sad thing.

    I once was in a heated debate with someone about this, and I asked her to go to a story about the EP3/F8 matchup last year on CNN. Her argument was predicated that she could see all the information I could on the web; when she found she could not access this story, she elected to believe I had sent her a dead link. So I copied and text the emailed it to her; it didn't matter, since she chose not to believe it anyway. :) (Her husband told me I was wasting my time, since she's one of Shanghai's red princesses.)

    Regardless, this is just part of the CCP trying to retain control over the masses while continuing to line their pockets. One can only assume the guys sitting on China's Politburo are more than able to surf the BBC and CNN at their leisure...along with any porn site which might suit their fancy.

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