Monday, March 08, 2010

Anti-porn "Whack a mole" strategy - Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo
China's authorities have gone far in an effort to curtain pornography, even by disallowing individuals to register domain names on the internet. It is not a very efficient strategy, says Beijing-based Internet-watcher Kaiser Kuo to China International Business. 
According to Kaiser Kuo, a Beijing-based digital media consultant who works with companies such as Youku.com, "the main difference in this campaign is the fact that they're going after a choke point they haven't targeted in the past – domain registrars." Kuo suggests that regulators are now being more stringent about only allowing business entities to register .cn domain names. 
After a CCTV investigation in December 2009 revealed a wide array of abuse by people registering .cn domain names, China's Internet administrator CNNIC made business licenses obligatory for all applicants trying to register domain names within China's top level domain. ...
As for the effectiveness of these tactics in the face of a seeming endless supply of inappropriate material on the Internet, Kaiser Kuo uses the current analogy: "Anti-pornography campaigns on the Chinese Internet usually tend to have a ‘Whack-a-Mole' quality to them. You whack it down in one place, but somewhere in the dark recesses of the Internet, the mole pops up."
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Kaiser Kuo is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. When you need him at your conference, do get in touch.
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