Blogs and search engines, the most active
parts of China information industry, will become strictly supervised by the
"As more and more illegal and unhealthy information spreads through the blog
and search engine, we will take effective measures to put the BBS, blogs and
search engines under control," said Cai Wu, director of the Information Office
of the State Council, at a meeting held on Wednesday.
China launched a project on February 21 to purify the environment of Internet
and mobile communication network.
According to a report made by the prestigious Qinghua (Tsinghua) University
in Beijing, 36.82 million blog sites operate in China, and may exceed 60 million
"The market cannot develop without efficient management," said Cai, adding
that the government will enhance research on the concerned technology and make
entry standards for blog Websites.
Last year, Chinese search engine users reached 97.06 million, accounting for
87.4 percent of Chinese Internet users, said iResearch Consultative Ltd.
IResearch forecasts that the number will top 100 million this year.
The Chinese internet search engine service providers
formed a self-governing organization two years ago, refusing to support
pornographic and obscene Websites.
Wang Xudong, Minister of Information Industry, said the government plans to
do more research on Internet security issues triggered by emergence of blogs and
Cyber police on patrol
NETIZENS: The cyber police are watching you.
virtual cops, a man and a woman with cartoon identities, have begun to patrol
the cyber beat in Guangzhou City to catch the bad guys and to check pornography,
prostitution, sedition, drug dealing and all the other menaces of modern
society. And they are quite open.
Jingjing, depicted as a male cartoon officer, and Chacha, a female, went to
work on four locally based Websites on Wednesday, a Guangdong newspaper said
By mid-July, they will cover the city's major Website homepages and
interactive pages, such as blogs and chatrooms.
The city's cyber cops will issue and implement Internet information security,
check distribution of malicious information and online illegal activities, and
investigate online crimes.
Along with the two virtual officers, an icon of a police station with
flashing red light will also appear on Web pages. Netizens can click any of
them, linking to the cyber police Website, to report online crimes or submit