Terrific. We’re all a lot safer.
Blogs and search engines, the most active parts of China information industry, will undergo strict supervision of the government.
“As more and more illegal and unhealthy information spreads through the blog and search engine, we will take effective measures to put the BBS,blog and search engine under control,” said Cai Wu, director of the Information Office of the State Council, at a meeting held Wednesday.
China launched a project on Feb. 21 to purify the environment of internet and mobile communication network through a series of measures within a year. According to a report made by prestigious Qinghua (Tsinghua) University in Beijing, the Chinese blog sites have reached 36.82 million. The report also predicted that the blog sites may exceed 60 million this year.
“The market cannot develop without efficient management,” said Cai, adding that the government will enhance research on the concerned technology and make admittance standards for blog websites.
Of course, we all know by “illegal and unhealthy information” they mean anything that might make the party look bad, and by “efficient management” they mean ruthless censorship. On the other hand, I can’t imagine them succeeding. Even if the number of bogs in China is a small fraction of the guesstimated 36 million, there’s simply no way to monitor and control them all. But it’s nice to see that they’re trying.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.