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New Rules Further Restrict Internet Access in Tibet

August 5, 2010

Mega Davis
The Tibet Post International
August 4, 2010

Dharamshala -- Internet censorship requirements
in Tibet have been heightened in accordance with
orders from Chinese authorities for all internet
cafes to install state-of-the-art surveillance
systems, according to industry sources and local
media. The nationwide policy requires that all
computers installed for use by the public in the
so-called Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) must
install the system by the end of the month.

The department has dispatched engineers
throughout Tibet to install the new system in
individual Internet cafes, and to train business
owners and technical staff in its operation.

The Chinese Government claims that one of the
benefits of the new requirements is the
prevention of minors accessing inappropriate
material online, however, many believe that this
is just a means prevent access to media and
social networking content from outside China. The
new system will allow for direct intervention
from above if regulations change, taking access
out of the hands of internet outlet proprietors.

The move comes after the implementation of the
‘real name registration system' web policy that
is already functioning across Tibet, which
requires all anonymous comments to be removed,
and prohibiting forum moderators as well as forum users from using alias names.

"In brief I am not surprised because the whole
world knows there is no freedom of the media or
freedom of expression in China and Tibet" says
Y.C. Dhardhowa, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of
the Tibet Post International, an online Tibetan
newspaper based in Dharamshala, India. "China is
not only developing their technology and internet
software but they are always trying to prove
their ability to censor what is going on in
China, particularly with regard to Tibet."

Referring to the arrest and expulsion of many
journalists in China during the 2008 Olympics,
and the prohibition of many websites, radio
stations and news media, Dhardhowa expressed
optimism about the capabilities of those outside
China to ensure that the full story can be accessed.

"Visas were refused to those trying to research
the true picture of events; they also banned news
media, websites, and radio stations. But the
Chinese authorities cannot bury these things as
outside China and Tibet there are similar
software developments in response. China cannot hide the reality."
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