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12-24-2010, 09:17 AM
So... what happened America?
How on earth did that pass?
They just can filter our internet now? That really happened?


12-24-2010, 02:43 PM
So... what happened America?
How on earth did that pass?
They just can filter our internet now? That really happened?


I haven't heard anything about it; but it sure sounds like something the Democrats would do.

12-28-2010, 01:03 AM
I don't think it will greatly effect us. Not sayingthat makes it right.

From what i understand it's basically giving the government the abilit to stop things like wikileaks

As much as I despise wikileaks and Assange I think this is bad.With this kind of power the government can cast a wide swathe on things they don't like.

12-29-2010, 11:08 PM
you can pretty much thank Julian Assange and his buddy's for this one.

12-31-2010, 06:20 AM
You mean this?

China shuts over 60,000 porn websites this year
Reuters - Thursday, December 30

BEIJING - China shut down more than 60,000 pornographic websites this year, netting almost 5,000 suspects in the process, a government spokesman said on Thursday, vowing no let-up in its campaign against material deemed obscene.

Beijing has run a highly publicized drive against what officials said was smutty and lewd content overwhelming the country's Internet and cell phones, threatening the emotional health of children.

Critics accuse the Chinese government of deepening the crackdown, launched last December, and tightening overall censorship, and say that the push has netted many sites with politically sensitive or even simply user-generated content.

But Wang Chen, head of the State Council Information Office, or cabinet spokesman's office, said the offensive was vital.

"Our campaign has been a great success and this has not been achieved easily," he told a news conference. "We have made the Internet environment much cleaner than before as there was a lot of pornography available.

"We have changed this situation and this has been well received by many sectors across society," Wang said. "But our campaign has not come to a stop. This will be a long battle."

"As long as there are people with bad motives who want to spread violent or pornographic information, we will have to continue our campaign to resolutely crack down on the spread of such information."

Of the 4,965 suspects, 1,332 people received "criminal punishment" with 58 jailed for five years or more, Wang said.

The government checked the content of 1.79 million websites and deleted 350 million pornographic and lewd articles, pictures and pieces of video footage, he said.

With an estimated 450 million Internet users as of the end of November, China has a bigger online population than any other country. Yet the government worries the Internet could become a dangerous conduit for threatening images and ideas.

China has blocked a number of popular websites and Internet services, including Google's YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook, as well as Chinese content sharing sites.

The government accused them of carrying content harmful to China's security and in breach of Chinese laws, including images of protests in sensitive regions such as Tibet.

Wang said he had seen media reports that Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg had visited China recently, but said Zuckerberg had not met his department, which oversees the Internet in China.

"We saw reports that he met with some well-known figures in China's Internet industry. We are also still trying to learn more about his visit to China," he added.

Google Inc, the world's top Internet search engine, closed its China-based search service in March, two months after it said it would stop censoring search results in response to what it said was a sophisticated cyber attack that it traced to China and increasing limits on freedom of expression.

The dispute was resolved in July after Google changed the way it directs users to an unfiltered search engine. The case prompted a diplomatic row between China and the United States over web freedom.



China Declares Skype Illegal
By: Sara Yin

Skype may soon join Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube on China's Internet blacklist.

Today, The People's Daily, a Communist Party-run newspaper, declared that all Internet phone services other than those provided by the two state-run telcos, China Telecom and China Unicom, were illegal.

According to the article, the decision from The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is expected to make Skype, China's UUCall, "and other similar services" unavailable.

The ministry is even soliciting the public's help, setting up a hotline to collect reports and distributing PSA circulars.

"Currently, our ministry is working with relevant departments to focus on the crackdown on illegal VoIP [voice over internet protocol calls] and we are now appealing to the public for clues for illegal VoIP cases," it said in a circular.

A spokeswoman for Skype advised, "Users in China currently can access Skype via TOM Online, our majority JV partner. TOM Online offers local versions of Skype for Windows, MAC as well as mobile platforms such as Symbian and Windows Mobile. More details can be found at skype.tom.com."

While censorship undoubtedly played a role in the ministry's decision- several dissidents have been known to use Skype to communicate to those outside China- experts say there is a clear protectionist motive as well. After all, China has one of the fastest-growing Internet user populations in the world.

Wang Yuquan, a chief consultant at Frost and Sullivan in Beijing, told AP that the announcement is a subtle warning to Skype not to grow too large.

"If the ministry hadn't made this announcement, I think Skype would have offered its services in a very large scale. Now, with the announcement, it can't," he said told AP.

In 2007 Skype forged a joint venture with Hong Kong-based Internet giant Tom Group, a company that has so far satisfied most of Beijing's censorship demands. In March, Tom Group severed ties with Google. Skype China was also criticized last year for helping the Communist Party monitor calls for terms like "Fanlun Gong" and "Tibet."

However, Professor Kan Kaili at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications told the Telegraph that "it is very unlikely that they will manage to shut Skype down."

"Skype is the market leader, but there is also MSN and Gmail Talk. The children of Chinese government officials, who are studying abroad, use these services to call home, so I do not think anyone is going to cut the lines," Kaili said. "Even if they take a strict approach, such as getting local operators to block the broadband services of people who use Skype, people will still find a way around it."

For now at least, Skype is still available in China.

Earlier today, Skype added video calling for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Stay tuned to PCMag for a full hands on with the new service.

01-01-2011, 10:16 PM
:unsure-1: I havent heard anything about the US restricting internet :blink:

01-22-2011, 01:59 AM

How did this pass through congress without a peep from any major news?