China Issues Draft Revision to Internet Law

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China released proposed changes to its Internet law on Thursday that aim to further eliminate anonymity on the Web and expand control over the companies behind the country’s boisterous microblogging scene.

In a draft update of the government’s “Methods for Governance of Internet Information Services”, China is proposing to widen the definition of Internet information service providers to include online forums, blogs and microblogs. (Reuters)

More on this once I’ve had a chance to take a closer look. At first glance, nothing too startling here. An extension of Real ID, some additional data collection and storage requirements, and an administrative approval. But hey, the government already has a pretty firm control over these guys, particularly the microblog and commercial BBS operators.

Here’s a link (Chinese only): 互联网信息服务管理办法(修订草案征求意见稿)