Digital ID: e la Cina?

Tom giustamente si pone il problema dell’ID digitale applicato alle situazioni esistenti, e come esempio propone questa notizia di oggi, che ti riporto per intero:

BEIJING – (AP) – China has imposed strict new limits on Internet cafes, banning minors and demanding that operators keep records of customers and the information they access.

The regulations, which take effect Nov. 15, also impose tougher safety standards for the popular cafes that provide Internet access to users who pay by the session. Smoking is banned, no cafe can operated within 124 feet of a school, and the businesses must close by midnight, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Customers are also prohibited from viewing Internet sites offering gambling, pornography or prostitution.

The new rules reflect the fear of China’s communist leaders that the Internet could nurture subversion.

The regulations ban Internet cafe patrons from accessing a broad array of politically sensitive Internet sites, including ones that discuss independence movements in Tibet and the western region of Xinjiang or the sovereignty of Taiwan, which China claims as its territory.

The rules also forbid information that “threatens national security or harms national dignity and national interests.”

Operators must keep records of users and the sites they access for two months and provide the information on request to police and regulators. Violators face fines equal to $1,800.

Xinhua said the rules aim to bring order to an industry that has expanded rapidly with little regulation.

China has more than 45 million Internet users, most of whom gain access from connections at home or in the office.

Already, China operates a special force to police the Internet for content deemed subversive. Scores of Web sites are blocked due to their content and the search engines Google and AltaVista have been blocked because they permit access to information on the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement and other sensitive topics.

Interessante e rivelatore che l’Internet Cafe debba stare lontano dalle scuole e sia vietato ai minori…