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Implementing Rules for the Management of Internet News Information Service Licences

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Article 1: In order to further raise the standardization and scientization levels of Internet news information service licence management, and stimulate the healthy and orderly development of Internet news information services, on the basis of the “Administrative Licensing Law of the People’s Republic of China” and the “Internet News Information Service Management Regulations” (hereafter simply named “Regulations”), these Implementing Rules are formulated.

Article 2: These Implementing Rules apply to national and provincial, autonomous region and municipal Internet information offices’ implementation of Internet news information service licensing. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinions concerning Stimulating the Healthy and Orderly Development of the Mobile Internet

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Central Committee General Office

State Council General Office

Following the swift development of information network technology and the broad popularization of smart mobile terminals, mobile Internet has, with its prominent advantages of broad availability, connectivity, smartness and universality, powerfully promoted a profound convergence between the Internet and the real economy, it has become a new area for innovative development, a new platform for public services, and a new channel for information sharing. In order to deeply implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s thinking about the strong cyber power strategy, and stimulate the orderly and healthy development of our country’s mobile Internet, the following opinions are hereby put forward. Read the rest of this entry »

National Cyberspace Security Strategy

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The broad application of information technologies and the rise and development of cyberspace has extremely greatly stimulated economic and social flourishing and progress, but at the same time, has also brought new security risks and challenges. Cyberspace security (hereafter named cybersecurity) concerns the common interest of humankind, concerns global peace and development, and concerns the national security of all countries. Safeguarding our country’s cybersecurity is an important measure to move forward the strategic arrangement of comprehensively constructing a moderately prosperous society, comprehensively deepening reform, comprehensively governing the country according to the law, and comprehensively and strictly governing the Party forward in a coordinated manner, and is an important guarantee to realize the “Two Centenaries” struggle objective and realize the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. In order to implement Xi Jinping’s “Four Principles” concerning moving forward reform of the global Internet governance system and the “Five Standpoints” on building a community of common destiny in cyberspace, elaborate China’s important standpoints concerning cyberspace development and security, guide China’s cybersecurity work and safeguard the country’s interests in the sovereignty, security and development of cyberspace, this Strategy is formulated.

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Provisions on Admonishment Meetings with Internet News Information Services

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互联网新闻信息服务单位约谈工作规定

第二条 国家互联网信息办公室、地方互联网信息办公室建立互联网新闻信息服务单位约谈制度。

(一)未及时处理公民、法人和其他组织关于互联网新闻信息服务的投诉、举报情节严重的;

(二)通过采编、发布、转载、删除新闻信息等谋取不正当利益的;

(三)违反互联网用户账号名称注册、使用、管理相关规定情节严重的;

(四)未及时处置违法信息情节严重的;

(五)未及时落实监管措施情节严重的;

(六)内容管理和网络安全制度不健全、不落实的;

(七)网站日常考核中问题突出的;

(八)年检中问题突出的;

(九)其他违反相关法律法规规定需要约谈的情形。

互联网新闻信息服务单位应当及时落实整改要求,依法提供互联网新闻信息服务。

约谈情况记入互联网新闻信息服务单位日常考核和年检档案。

第十条 本规定由国家互联网信息办公室负责解释,自2015年6月1日起实施。

Internet User Account Name Management Regulations

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Article 1: In order to strengthen management over Internet user account names, protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations, and on the basis of the “State Council Notice concerning Empowering the Cyberspace Administration of China to Be Responsible for Internet Information Content Management Work” and relevant laws and administrative regulations, these Regulations are formulated.

Internet user account names as mentioned in these Regulations, refers to the account names of bodies or individuals registered or used in blogs, microblogs, instant communication tools, forums posting bars, posting comments and other such Internet information services. Read the rest of this entry »

Information Technology Development Trends and Ideological Security

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This article was published first in Red Flag Manuscripts on 25 December 2014. 

Giving high regard to and vigorously responding to the opportunities and challenges that scientific and technological development has brought to ideological work is an important experience of our Party in grasping the initiative in ideological work. At present, quite a few problems exist in the area of grasping the initiative in ideological work through our use of the newest achievements in information technology, and we are often reduced to a passive, responsive state. When looking at the reasons for this, the most important ones are that we lack foresight about information technology development trends, we often have countermeasures that resemble mending the stable when the sheep have run, and have few precautionary measures. For instance, where supervision and management of blogs, microblogs, WeChat and other communication tools is concerned, or the control on communication of heretical and terrorist videos is concerned, we have lagged behind the pace of information technology development to a substantial degree, and we have even lagged behind Western hostile powers and terrorists using these technologies. Many countermeasures have been taken when technology is already broadly applied, and we only passively respond when this creates a certain harm to us, this not only means that the resulting harm is difficult to avoid, it also increases the costs of response and causes the work of the Party and the government to become bogged down in passivity. The use of information technology advantages and the newest development achievement to engage in infiltration against our country is a long-term strategy of Western countries with the United States in the lead. Because of this, we must strengthen our foresight, acutely perceive the influence of the newest developments in information technology on ideological work, scientifically predict the newest methods that hostile forces may adopt, and establish response measures on a basis of a scientific prediction and correct grasp of technological development trends.

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Letter of Commitment on Self-Discipline Management of Posts and Comments

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In order to deeply implement the spirit of ruling the country according to the law of the 4th Plenum of the 18th Party Congress, implement the State Internet Information Office’s demands of “managing the Web according to the law, running the Web according to the law, and using the Web according to the law”, this website hereby openly makes the following commitment, in order to perfect self-discipline management of posts and comments.

I, Posting and commenting services as mentioned on this Website, refers to services that allow users to publish comments or opinions (including but not limited to language, writing, images, sound clips, video clips, etc.) on this website, through the use of online interactive dissemination technology platforms. Read the rest of this entry »

Speech at the Forum on Literature and Art

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15 October 2014

Xi Jinping

Today, an ensemble of heroes has assembled here, the young and the old have come together, we have both old writers and old artists of noble character and high prestige, and have new literature and art talents who are bursting into the limelight, I know some comrades already well in the past, some comrades I’m meeting for the first time. I am very happy to see everyone.

The literature and art undertaking is an important undertaking of the Party and the people, the literature and art front is an important front for the Party and the people. For a long time, the broad literature and art workers have devoted themselves to literature and art creation, performance, research and dissemination, have been industrious and hardworking in their own areas, serving the people, they have obtained great achievements and made major contributions. Through everyone’s common efforts, our country’s literature and art garden contains hundreds of flowers competing and flowering, bringing forth innumerable achievements, they have presented a vivid vista of flourishing and development. I’d like to use this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to everyone, and extend my warmest respect to the literature and art workers nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme People’s Court Regulations concerning Some Questions of Applicable Law in Handing Civil Dispute Cases involving the Use of Information Networks to Harm Personal Rights and Interests

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In order to correctly hear civil dispute cases involving the use of information networks to harm personal rights and interests, on the basis of the provisions of the “General Principles of the Civil Code of the People’s Republic of China”, the “Tort Liability Law of the People’s Republic of China”, the “National People’s Congress Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening Online Information Protection”, the “Civil Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China”, and by integration with judicial practice, these Regulations are formulated.

Article 1: Civil dispute cases involving the use of information networks to harm personal rights and interests as mentioned in these Regulations, refers to dispute cases triggered by harm to another persons’ right to a name, right to reputation, portrait right, right to privacy and other such personal rights and interests through the use of information networks. Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Empowering the Cyberspace Administration of China to Be Responsible for Internet Information Content Management Work

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GF No. (2014)33

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal governments, all State Council ministries and commissions, all directly subordinate bodies

In order to stimulate the healthy and orderly development of Internet information services, protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations, and safeguard national security and the public interest, the re-established Cyberspace Administration of China is empowered to be responsible for Internet information content management work nationwide, and to be responsible for supervision, management and law enforcement.

State Council

26 August 2014

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Provisional Regulations for the Development and Management of Instant Messaging Tools and Public Information Services

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Article 1: In order to further promote the healthy and orderly development of instant messaging tools and public information services, protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations, safeguard national security and the public interest, on the basis of the “NPC Standing Committee Decision concerning Safeguarding Internet Security”, the “NPC Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening the Protection of Online Information”, the “Interpretation concerning Some Questions of Applicable Law When Handling Uses of Information Networks to Commit Defamation and Other Such Criminal Cases”, the “Internet Information Service Management Rules”, the “Internet News Information Service Management Regulations” and other such laws and regulations, these Regulations are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Lu Wei: Concentrate Positive Energy Online, Build the Chinese Dream Together

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Speech at the 13th Chinese Online Media Forum

30 October 2013

Lu Wei, Director, State Internet Information Office All respected guests, comrades, friends: Good day, everyone! Today, we are assembled in Zhengzhou, an important location in the culture of the Central Plains, to hold the 13th Chinese Online Media Forum, and together discuss fundamental matters in the development of online media. This is a real act in our implementation of the spirit of the series of important speeches by General Secretary Xi Jinping and the spirit of the national propaganda and ideology work conference, it is also an important measure to promote the healthy development of the Internet. Here, I represent the State Internet Information Office in expressing warm congratulations for the organization of the Forum. The Chinese Media Forum is an annual distinguished gathering with important influence in the industry, and has so far existed for thirteen years. In thirteen years, the Forum has had a positive and important role in forging consensus in the industry, strengthening academic research, deepening exchange and cooperation, promoting innovation and development, and other such matters, and it has become an important platform for online media to jointly seek development. The themes and content of all previous Fora not only profoundly reflect the development trajectory of China’s online media, they have also pointed out the direction for progress in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Explaining the “Telecommunication and Internet User Personal Data Protection Regulations”.

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On 16 July 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology promulgated the “Telecommunication and Internet User Personal Data Protection Regulations” (People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree No. 24). A journalist interviewed Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Politico-Legal Department Inspector Li Guobin, asking him to explain the “Regulations”.

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Explaining the “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations”

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On 16 July 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology promulgated the “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations” (People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree No. 25). A journalist interviewed Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Politico-Legal Department Inspector Li Guobin, asking him to explain the “Regulations”.

Q: The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently promulgated the “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations”, could I ask what the significance of publishing the “Regulations” is? Read the rest of this entry »

Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations

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This translation tracks the changes between the earlier opinion-seeking draft and this final version. Underlined sections are reformulations or additions, sections that are crossed out are sections from the opinion-seeking draft that have been deleted. 

People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree

No. 25

The “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations” were deliberated and passed on 28 June 2013, at the 2nd ministerial meeting of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, are hereby promulgated, and will take effect on 1 September 2013.

16 July 2013

Minister: Miao Wei

Article 1: In order to standardize the registration activities of telephone users’ real identity information, guarantee the lawful rights and interests of telephone users and telecommunications business operators, safeguard network information security, and stimulate the healthy development of the telecommunications sector, on the basis of the “National People’s Congress Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening Network Information Protection” and the “Telecommunications Regulations of the People’s Republic of China, these Regulations are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Telecommunications and Internet Personal User Data Protection Regulations

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This translation tracks the changes between the earlier opinion-seeking draft and this final version. Underlined sections are reformulations or additions, sections that are crossed out are sections from the opinion-seeking draft that have been deleted. 

People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree

No. 24

The “Telecommunications and Internet Personal User Data Protection Regulations” were deliberated and passed on 28 June 2013, at the 2nd ministerial meeting of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, are hereby promulgated, and will take effect on 1 September 2013.

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State Internet Information Office Deploys Attack on Activities of Fabricating and Disseminating Rumours Online

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Original SIIO documents in relation to this campaign have not been made public. This is a Xinhua press release from 2 May. The journalist understood from the State Internet Information Office on the 2nd that the State Internet Information Office is deploying a concentrated attack on activities of fabricating rumours on the Internet and wilful dissemination of rumours, on a nationwide level, recently, a certain Guizhou person named Li, as well as many other persons using the Internet to fabricate and disseminate rumours were investigated and prosecuted, a batch of microblog accounts fabricating and disseminating rumours were closed, and Public Security organs have imposed public order detention and other punishments. Read the rest of this entry »

Propaganda Director’s Call to Traditional Media: Wake Up

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On 12 April, “Red Flag Manuscripts”, a political theory journal run by the authoritative Party publication Seeking Truth, published an article written by Ren Xianliang, vice-chair of the All-China Journalists’ Association and vice-director of the Shaanxi Propaganda Department. It provides an interesting insight in the intra-official discourse on media governance issues and some of the opinions within the propaganda structure regarding the effect of social media. 

How is the Party to Manage the Media Well in the New Era?

Comprehensively Planning Two Public Opinion Fields, Concentrating Positive Social Energy

In the China of today, two public opinion fields objectively exist, one is the traditional media public opinion field with Party papers, Party periodicals, Party stations and news agencies at the core, one is the new media public opinion field with the Internet as basis. The two public opinion fields’ central dissemination themes, appeals and expressions have been separated and opposed for a long time, which has not only directly challenged the baseline of the principle that the Party manages the media, but has also lead to the separation and confrontation of social strata, grave damage to government credibility and a corruption and weakening of the Party’s governance base.

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Communiqué on the Current State of the Ideological Sphere (Document No. 9)

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Report concerning the Present Situation in the Ideological Area

The mainstream situation in the ideological area.

Since the 18th Party Congress, two plenary meetings have been successfully organized under the firm leadership of the Party Centre with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, and the situation in all the undertakings of the Party and the State are good, the Party’s work style and the government work style bring a new atmosphere every day, the cohesion and centripetal force of the entire nation is further strengthening, self-confidence about the path, self-confidence about theory and self-confidence about the system has been further enhanced, and the mainstream of ideology is positive, healthy and upward. This is mainly reflected in: the spirit of the 18th Party Congress and a series of important speeches by General Secretary Xi Jinping greatly unified the thoughts of the entire Party and the people in the entire country, and the common ideological basis for united struggle is being incessantly consolidates; the new generation of collective Central leadership has rolled out a series of new measures to govern the country, it elaborated the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, it improved work styles, closely connected with the masses, rigorously enforced diligence and thrift, and opposed extravagance and waste, it expanded anti-corruption and pro honesty strength, gaining the praise and endorsement of the broad cadres and masses; it persist in making scientific development into the main theme, making the acceleration of transforming economic methods into the main thread, and making raising economic growth quality and productivity into the central task, economic development maintains favourable tendencies, which buoyed the people’s faith in the prospects for development; it strive to guarantee and improve the people’s livelihoods, rolling out new measures for the benefit and welfare of the people, and people yearn ever more for future beautiful lives; studying, propagating and implementing the spirit of the 18th Party Congress has been made into the primary political task on the propaganda, ideology and culture front, which rapidly aroused enthusiasm and provided deep guidance, the theme of the times and the main melody of Socialism with Chinese characteristics and the Chinese Dream have been sung, positive propaganda has been strengthened and expanded, guidance over profound issues has been strengthened and management of the ideological battlefield has been strengthened, stimulating ideological unity and cohesion of forces, creating a favourable atmosphere and providing spiritual strength for the realization of new developments in the undertakings of the Party and the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Strengthening the Management of Newsgathering and Editing Personnel’s Online Activities

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In order to fully give rein to the positive function of the network and promote the shaping of a heathy news order, the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television has recently issued the “Notice concerning Strengthening the Management of Newsgathering and Editing Personnel’s Online Activities”, requiring a strengthening of management over newsgathering and editing personnel using network information, setting up individual microblogs and other network activities. Read the rest of this entry »