Saturday, May 7, 2011

China Regulator Defends Internet Role

Saturday, May 7, 2011

BEIJING—An official from China's new Internet regulator defended the nation's Internet controls from critics, saying they are in line with efforts elsewhere to protect privacy and block obscenity, gambling and other activities.

The unnamed official was quoted Thursday in a report from China's state-run Xinhua news agency that clarified the role of the new agency amid China's already crowded Internet regulatory landscape, saying the new State Internet Information Office will coordinate and streamline oversight and enforcement and will be run by officials from agencies already involved with Internet regulation.

The official said "untenable" remarks made by critics are intended to ...

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