Originally published: June 30, 2010
Last updated: June 30, 2010 - 9:02pm
A report released on Tuesday translates for the first time redacted portions of China's Internet policy guide, the authors of the translation say.
The redacted portions are "most revelatory of the [government's] official ideological vision and plans for controlling the Internet," according to the report, published by Human Rights in China (HRIC), a group that advocates against China's censorship policies. According to the HRIC translation, one of the redacted portions discusses blocking harmful content from overseas. "We will perfect our system to monitor harmful information on the Internet, and strengthen the blocking of harmful information from outside China, to effectively prevent it from being disseminated in China through the Internet," it reads. Another redacted piece looks at how the government can use the Internet for propaganda purposes. "Government agencies at all levels and in all regions have gradually built mechanisms to guide public opinion through integrating the functions of propaganda departments and actual work departments, integrating online media and traditional media, and integrating major news websites and commercial websites," the paper says. The redacted lines also demonstrate the country's aspirations on cloud computing. "At present, there's a popular saying in the Internet industry: 'Whoever seized that cloud will control the future,' " a redacted portion states.
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