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Chinese Official Defends Internet Censorship

Feb 14, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

On Tuesday, a senior-level Chinese official acknowledged that the country uses a technologically sophisticated firewall to block “harmful information” from being distributed over the Internet, but defended the measure, saying it’s not much different than the controls used in Europe and the United States, the International Herald Tribune reports.

Liu Zhengrong, supervisor of Internet affairs for the information office of the Chinese State Council, noted repeatedly that Chinese efforts to control the Web were overblown in recent media coverage.  He said that many of the laws governing Chinese Internet users were modeled after American and European regulations, the International Herald Tribune reports.

“If you study the main international practices in this regard you will find that China is basically in compliance with the international norm,” Liu said in a briefing.  “The main purposes and methods of implementing our laws are basically the same.”

Liu named pornography as a main cause of Chinese censorship, and noted that its concerns about this type of material are very different than in other developed countries, the International Herald Tribune reports.

China has come under fire in recent weeks for its efforts to censor content on Microsoft’s MSN Spaces site, and Google’s Chinese language search site, For more on the subject, read CSO sister publication, CIO’s Microsoft Shuts Down Chinese Blogger, Google Will Censor Chinese Web Searches, U.S. Lawmaker Battles Chinese Internet Censorship and Firms Ask Gov’t to Stand Against Censorship.

On a separate note, are you a Harrison Ford fan?  Have you seen his new flick, ’Firewall?’  Check out what a handful of security chiefs had to say about the movie at Security Mavens’ Reviews of the Movie ’Firewall’.

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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.

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