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- objectionable /əbˈjekSHənəbəl/ (adj.) unpleasant or offensive; not good or right
- strengthen /ˈstreNG(k)THən/ (vb.) to make or become stronger
- accountability /əˌkountəˈbilitē/ (n.) the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility
- ouster /ˈoustər/ (n.) the act of removing someone or something from a position of power or authority
- censorship /ˈsensərˌSHip/ (n.) the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts
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(1) China has new rules that require people to use their real names when registering for Internet service. The rules also require Internet companies operating in China to remove material said to be objectionable.
(2) Chinese lawmakers approved the measures on December 28th, at the end of a five-day meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
(3) The new rules say network service providers must “strengthen management of information released by users.” The providers have been ordered to stop the spread of illegal information after its discovery, and take steps to deal with the problem. The Xinhua news agency says those steps include removing the information from the Internet and then reporting it to the government.
(4) Chinese officials say the rules are aimed at protecting the personal information of Internet users and stopping abuses such as junk e-mail. However, critics say real-name registration will make individuals less likely to report corruption and official abuses for fear of possible action against them.
(5) Duncan Clark is an adviser to Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He lives in Beijing. Mr. Clark says China seems to be seeking a balance between information control and government accountability.
(6) “We’ve seen for a long time the Internet being used to expose corruption, but what’s been interesting in the recent few weeks, which is maybe a sort of counter current to these new crackdowns on the Internet, is that a lot of this has been followed up.”
(7) Mr. Clark says reports of sexual or financial wrongdoing have led to the ouster of several government officials.
(8) “We’ve seen a top down anti-corruption drive and so where previously we may have seen campaigns running for a couple of months, now we’ve seen within days, certain officials losing their posts and this is all driven by and fueled by the Internet. ”
(9) The new Internet regulations come at the same time as a Chinese government campaign against virtual private networks, or VPNs. Web users use VPNs to get around what has been called China’s “Great Firewall.” But some reports say the government is increasing its effort to block VPNs.
(10) Mr. Clark says there is often an increase in Internet censorship during sensitive events. He noted the recent 18th Communist Party Congress, which elected China’s new leaders. He said these periods of increased control are normally followed by reduced enforcement.
(11) “We haven’t seen that in this case, since the Party Congress we see increased measures, not lessened. So the big question I would say, is when we get to the spring, when the new leadership takes up their formal positions in the government, is this like the new normal?”
*Let’s talk about the article base on the questions below
- Do you use your real name when using the internet? Why or why not? Please support your answer.
- How often do you use the internet? What do you usually use the internet for?
- Are there many people addicted to the internet in your country? What applications or games are the current trend?
*Let’s make English compositions using the words from the article.
EX) The new rules say network service providers must “strengthen management of information released by users.”
EX) Mr. Clark says China seems to be seeking a balance between information control and government accountability.