The Chinese battle for internet freedom has suffered a new blow. In a move that many perceived as curtailment of online freedom and privacy, China has issued a new set of stricter rules before anyone can set up their own website.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology now requires those individuals who wants to set up a website to:
- Submit identity cards and photos
- Be interviewed by internet regulators
These requirements must be accomplished before their .cn domain name can be registered.
China, owns the world’s largest online population with at least 384 million Chinese users, has been very strict with online usage due to proliferation of pornography. It has been in conflict with search giant-Google over search content results that includes porn and violence. Google has recently accused of China’s incursion of its servers worldwide and threatened to pull out of China.