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Opinions gathered on Internet law


09:41, June 08, 2012

BEIJING - The government on Thursday began to solicit public opinion on proposed changes to a 12-year-old law on the management of Internet service in China.

The Measures on the Administration of Internet Information Services, enacted in 2000, have become outdated in many aspects due to the rapid development of the Internet and the emergence of new technology and applications, said a joint statement issued by the State Internet Information Office and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The draft amendment to the law aims to improve the administration and orderly development of Internet information services, as well as to maintain national security, and the legitimate rights and interests of the public and Internet information service providers, according to the statement.

The draft encourages service providers to launch self discipline activities and the public to supervise Internet information services.

If the draft becomes law, an Internet supervision system will be established mainly comprising Internet information content administrative authorities, telecommunication authorities and police authorities.

The draft also clarifies the licensing procedure for online forums and microblog sites, and standardizes the entry criteria for websites and the management responsibilities of service providers.

More rules will be laid down for the real-name registration of users if it passed.

Members of the public are invited to offer their opinions on the draft amendment before July 6 by logging on,, and


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Fat-Chun Leung Ki at 2012-06-08188.61.105.*
Gathering public opinion is a technique that China increasingly resorted to for improving its international image as a democratic country. The result of such gathering is neither conducted by an impartial body. It is most likely done by the people in power and decide what are the issues be put to the public. They decide whether the result are to be published and the published result could be corrupted with or at least vetted to ensure that it goes in favour of the way the bureaucracy wants. Furthermore what issues should be opened to gathering public opinion are entirely left to those in power, not necessarily disinterested in the outcome to foster their nest.

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