China Web Registration Regulation OpenNet Initiative Bulletin 11

The OpenNet Initiative has just released a new bulletin on China’s Web registration regulations. These new regulations add yet additional threads to the country’s web of constraints on freedom of speech. By requiring citizens to register their blogs and websites, and shutting down the sites of those who do not comply, the Chinese authorities are effectively augmenting the already stifling climate of self-censorship and suspicion that exists for online communications in that country. By requiring website operators to register their personal information with the Ministry of Information Industry, these controls intimidate users of the Internet and allow the state to more effectively keep tabs on online content