China Requiring You To Submit Photo ID To The Gov't If You Want To Create A Website

from the that'll-work dept

This isn't really a surprise given China's massive internet censorship ("Great Firewall") efforts, but apparently the Chinese government is now requiring anyone who wants to set up a website in the country to submit their identity cards and photos of themselves before they can build a site. Oh yeah, plus they have to meet with gov't regulators to get approval to register and set up a website. In other words, the crackdown is spreading... though plenty of folks in China appear to be getting around these new rules by setting up websites outside of China. In the meantime, what a way to kill the sort of entrepreneurial web spirit you need: imagine how many internet sites would never get created if they first required approval by a government bureaucrat?


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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Feb 24th, 2010 @ 6:53pm

    Good Lord!

    It's like Italy, there!

     

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    Yargh, Feb 24th, 2010 @ 7:11pm

    China, I am dissapoint.

     

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    NAMELESS.ONE, Feb 24th, 2010 @ 7:56pm

    Don't worry COMING SOON TO YOU

    ya know how them corporations all lied about changing china to be more democratic...looks to me like other way around

    makes ya wonder don't it.
    takes picture a my ass and hands it over

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2010 @ 7:58pm

    The BBC story is startlingly short on details. I wonder how the Chinese government will define "start a website", since that's such an extremely nebulous term. Third party blog tools? Facebook? Twitter? Shared google docs? Message boards? Which of these and under what circumstances constitutes starting a web site? What if I serve content from a port other than 80? What if it's plain text and not html? Is that still a "web" site?

    I expect it's just a tool that they'll use as a pretext to throw "dissidents" in jail for posting comments on youtube, rather than clarifying and then adhering to the actual text of the law.

     

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    The Sarcastic-Mike, Feb 24th, 2010 @ 8:08pm

    We have to tame this here wild western-like internet and what better place to start than China!

     

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    kellythedog (profile), Feb 24th, 2010 @ 8:09pm

    Apply for website

    Maybe its a good thing, then that country will only have one " hello Kitty" type fan site.
    Where is that SarcMark when I need it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2010 @ 9:17pm

    Now for the US

    You know, every time the Chinese government does something like this, it seems that the US gov't gets jealous and tries to find a way to do something similar.

     

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    :), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 12:13am

    At least they are open about it.

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/_improper_use_of_copyright.php

    Microsoft on the other hand, cooperates fully with the law enforcement agents and even have a "spy manual" :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 4:18am

    Yeah... totally shocking. This IS China and all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 5:57am

    Australia is probably taking notes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 6:19am

    I think that this is a good idea... this will stop some of the bs spam and malware sites and make people responsible for the content they have online

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 9:08am

    so?

    and just imagine how few people would drive cars if they had to apply to the government and show a valid ID.

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 10:12am

    Re:

    If you really believe that, then I have $20,000,000 in inheritance funds that I need help transferring. Please contact me regarding this 100% risk-free deal that can make you a millionaire¬°

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), Feb 25th, 2010 @ 10:13am

    Re: so?

    and just imagine if web sites had anything in common with cars.

     

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    Jblow, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 2:02pm

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    I beleive by "start a website" they mean, register a domain name.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 25th, 2010 @ 2:40pm

    interesting...

    I actually like the idea of showing your ID to register domain name. I know folks hates it when a "goverment" controls the Internet, but this allows more accountablity on domain name.

    I'm interested in hearing more pros and cons.

     

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    Overcast (profile), Mar 1st, 2010 @ 12:02pm

    So... they could use the web and create one in India...

     

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    sahrooz, Mar 18th, 2010 @ 5:48am

    333

    darya

     

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    Car Transport, Jun 14th, 2010 @ 8:43am

    Imagine That!

    Thats kind of insane really, imagine if I had to register all my domains using a photo i.d.? That would be impossible as sometimes you purchase a domain name and don't want your real name associated with it, like a social media page or the like. This site Enclosed Car Transport was purchased from the original owner, and would be detrimental to the business to have the downtime it would create if you had to show I.D. to register a domain

     

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    Bushra, Oct 6th, 2010 @ 12:03pm

    love

    I beleive by "start a website" they mean, register a domain name.

     

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    nosheen, Dec 9th, 2010 @ 1:50am

    forex

    new site u see that?

     

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    suriya, Dec 9th, 2010 @ 1:51am

    forex

    new n latest site

     

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    suriyaa, Dec 10th, 2010 @ 3:46pm

    forex

    new latest info....

     

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    minnie, Feb 13th, 2011 @ 7:02pm

     

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