3G brings mobile porn, China launches cleanup

08:55, November 26, 2009      

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Beijing has called for a cleanup of mobile porn Web sites nationwide on Wednesday, with government officials blaming their rise on high-speed mobile data services enabled by the launch of new technology.

Earlier this year, China issued third generation (3G) mobile network licenses to its three mobile carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, and the number of 3G users in China has amounted since then.

This year the government has also shut down thousands of illicit Web sites that publicize porn content and arrested dozens in a campaign against online pornography that is now increasingly shifting focus to mobile Web sites.

"Lawless people have begun using the full commercial deployment of 3G and its faster download speeds for pictures and videos... to spread obscene and pornographic content," Su Jin-sheng, an engineer in China's Ministry of Industry and Information, said in a speech.

A cleanup is needed to "protect the healthy growth of the next generation and purify the social environment," Su said. His speech was put on the ministry's Website.

China sees its long-delayed rollout of 3G services as a step to becoming a major technology innovator and user.
However, owners of mobile porn Web sites have been able to evade authorities through technical tactics such as frequently switching domain names and IP addresses, according to a report on PC World's online edition Tuesday.

Counter-tactics being used by authorities include a blacklist to prevent pornographic Web sites from reappearing online and the design of content-filtering technology to help network operators themselves block obscene content, Su was quoted as saying.

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