China'south latest move to strengthen its grip on the Internet

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:57 PM

China is working on new rules that could enable it to clamp down even more heavily on the Internet.

China'south latest move to strengthen its grip on the Internet

China is working on new rules that could enable it to clamp down even more heavily on the Internet.

New draft regulations declare that websites with access to China would've to register their domain names with service providers that are below Chinese control.

That requirement appears to be aimed at creating "a white list" of approved domain names and cutting off access to others, said Lokman Tsui, an helper Prof at the Chinese Univ of Hong Kong who specializes in technology and new media.

"This practice isn't consistent with international practice and not consistent with the way the Internet works," Tsui said. "The Internet doesn't care where you register your domain name."

China has long worked to hold a tight grip on its citizens' Internet use, building up a enormous censorship apparatus known as the Grand Firewall to obstruct out information the government deems undesirable. It's the world'south biggest pop of Internet users -- six hundred eighty-eight million at the latest count -- but favorite sites love Facebook are inaccessible.

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Experts declare that if the new draft rules going into effect unchanged, they'd give Chinese authorities even greater skill to monitor web users' activities and censor sensitive content.

The recent publication of the draft regulations raised concerns that if Beijing applied them strictly, it could fence China off altogether from the broader global Internet by cutting access to any website whose domain title didn't have Chinese approval.

Reports by state media this week cited authorities as saying that the new rules wouldn't affect foreign companies' businesses in China, suggesting they may focus on web content hosted interior China. But experts are still wary.

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"As with all Chinese rules, they're written vaguely ... which allows the authorities the room to apply the rules selectively and flexibly," said Lento Yip, the chairman of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association.

China'south Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has posted the draft regulations for public feedback until April twenty-five. Violations of the rules would bring a maximum penalty of 30.000 yuan ($4.600).

The new measures fit with China'south thrust below President Xi Jinping for "cyber sovereignty," which has been criticized by rights activists as an attempt to upend how the global Internet is governed.

-- Shen Lu contributed to this report.

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