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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