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Internet in China: Social stability control through eradication of violent content in internet

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Internet in China:
Social stability control through Eradication of Violent content in internet: CHINA moves to stop the menace.

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With 111 million Internet users - 11 per cent of the world's total - China is in cross roads on how to regulate the new medium and perceptions abroad of government controls.

Self Sensor ship:
New responsibility is revealed.
Last week, China's central news websites, including Xinhuanet.com, People.com.cn and China.com.cn, backed a proposal by major Beijing-based portals for self-censorship and the eradication of pornographic and violent content.

No Search engines:

No filth anymore is the message!!!.
"No indecent text or photos, no search engines for such content, no links to indecent websites, and no games involving sex and violence," promised the 14 portals.

Closure of web sites:


The constant moves have made the government to close a large number of domestic websites containing illegal materials.


Porn sites are born to die:

Public security authorities shut down 598 porn sites and wiped out 35 porn domain names from September to November last year, according to the ministry of public security.

Save Children:

The government holds that "indecent material" could harm children and menace social stability. The crackdown, however, has sparked criticism from abroad.

The authorities claim their regulation is in strict compliance with law, but Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday that the public was demanding Internet companies improve their self-discipline and self-regulation.

Stop misleading:

"Websites should convey accurate information, rather than mislead people and disrupt social order," he added.


Optimism:
The government has now sought to show a positive attitude towards the net.


SARS and Internet:
During the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, President Hu Jintao made a public statement on the Internet. "I have seen good advice on the Internet (to combat SARS)."

People's Government:
Premier Wen has since said: "As the people's government, we should be subject to the democratic will of the people, and listen to the numerous viewpoints on the Internet."

During this year's annual session of China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), more than 30,000 Internet users voted on the topics that concerned them most.

The top three issues were corruption, the widening gap between rich and poor, and arbitrary education fees.


Survey results:
A survey last year by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences found 62.8 per cent of users thought the Internet could help raise political awareness and 60.4 per cent thought it could guide government officials on public opinion.

Reaching out to People:

NPC deputy Zhou Hongyu has his own blog on the blog.people.com.cn site run by the People's Daily.

"With this blog, I will be better able to listen to the general public and learn about their daily lives. It will help me fulfil my duties as an NPC deputy," Zhou, a vocal proponent of educational reform, writes in his introduction.

Tang Weihong, editor of the website, said all NPC deputies and members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the top political advisory body, were free to have blogs on the website.

People's Daily website's He Jiazheng said: "Some ministries have asked us to invite public opinion on issues that concern (the communist party), the state and society at large."


Conclusion: These moves need to be expedited as Computer world normally expands in jet speed throwing a challenge "Catch me if you can!!" China should set an example .

C.EASHWER - SINGAPORE
Published: 2006-04-29
Author: Chockalingam Eswaramurthi

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Iam a Professional writer dedicated to sharing the knowledge on topics of Public interest, be it Management , Leadership , Social service , World Politics , Personalities , Industries , Health , Computers , Policy making , Governments , Book review etc., Iam from Singapore . My e mail id is : eashwer@pacific.net.sg

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