A popular but controversial documentary on China’s struggles with pollution was inaccessible on China’s video sharing websites on Saturday, sparking concern from Chinese Internet users it had been censored within a week of its launch.
Under the Dome, a film by journalist Chai Jing that explains air pollution in straightforward terms, spurred a national debate after its release last weekend and quickly garnered hundreds of millions of views on streaming video sites :: Read the full article »»»»
More than fifty websites, blogs and microblog accounts have been shut down over the past week in China, not a huge number right? it is if your a pornster in China, in it’s latest round of crackdowns on online porn the government’s State Internet Information Office – SIIO – said the websites were closed for posting pornographic images, articles, films, amateur videos, online ads for prostitutes.
The SIIO was setup in May 2011, and is the online branch of the überpowerful State Council Information Office, the communist states censorship office. China’s Internet, with the world’s largest number of users – more than 450 million – is a booming industry, attracting investors and government agencies hoping for a stake in online revenues through licensing and regulation.
The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said Tuesday that nearly 1.8 million websites had been checked since the launch of the campaign, and 2,195 cases of dissemination of online pornography have been dealt with.
The office received more than 160,000 porn-related tip-offs from the general public and paid out about more than $AU75,000/¥500,000 to around 5oo informants. Companies and government departments also joined in the campaign. As part of the sting, China Mobile organized 20 employees – mothers of teenagers – to assist with monitoring and reporting mobile sites :: Read the full article »»»»
Not that we’re suggesting that government moves in slow and mysterious ways BUT! Way back in July last year we noted: After almost three years of public consultation and industry wide debate, the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games in Australia is teatering on the line. It looks as though it may go through however it’s been delayed once more due to the failure of federal, state and territory attorneys-general to reach a unanimous decision!?
Happily – don’thold your breath, it might be another 3 years until the legislation is passed – the Australian Federal Government has at last introduced legislation to establish an R18+ category for computer and video games in Australia. Currently in Australia, the maximum legal classification for games is MA15+. Games that are not considered suitable for children are refused classification and banned.
Way back in 2009, the Government received close to 60,000 submissions in response to a discussion paper on the matter. The Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare says the legislation is scheduled to come into effect at the start of next year. This will bring the classification categories for computer games into line with existing categories used to classify films and make the Australian classification regime more consistent with international standards,” he said.
A national telephone survey conducted by Galaxy in 2010 showed 80 per cent of the 2,226 people contacted said they supported the introduction of an adults-only category for games. No Sh_t Sherlock!
The journals Science and Nature are as we type and you read, mulling over whether to publish details of a man-made mutant flu virus with the potential to kill millions. A US government science advisory committee has urged key details be withheld so people seeking to do widespread harm would not be able to replicate the virus. The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) reviewed two scientific papers relating to the findings and recommended the journals considering them “make changes in the manuscripts”, a statement said. The virus in question is an H5N1 avian influenza strain that was genetically altered in a Dutch lab so it can pass easily between ferrets. The Dutch research team was led by Ron Fouchier at Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre. The team said in September it had created a mutant version of the H5N1 bird flu virus that could for the first time be spread among mammals. M★C
After almost three years of public consultation and industry wide debate, the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games in Australia is teatering on the line. It looks as though it may go through however it’s been delayed once more due to the failure of federal, state and territory attorneys-general to reach a unanimous decision!? The Standing Council of Attorneys-General Meeting may have reached an in-principle agreement has been reached between the various states and territories of Australia to move ahead with the introduction of an R18+ rating for video and computer games. New South Wales was the only state to abstain from endorsing the proposal, citing a need to consult with cabinet on the issue M★CREAD MORE