After receiving State Council approval, the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued a memo recently announcing the formation of the State Internet Information Office (SIIO).
The announcement posted May 4 on an official website says that the State Internet Information Office has the authority to investigate and punish internet content-providers.
. “The new department will supervise online content management and process approvals of businesses involved in online news reporting“, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua.
. The office will also oversee the development of online gaming, online video and online publication industries, as well as websites which release government-issued information.
. Telecom service providers in China will be supervised by the office to consolidate the registration of domain names, IP addresses, website registration and internet access.
. Further responsibilities will include oversight of telecommunications operators, internet service providers, domain registrars, and hosting providers in the areas of domain registration, IP address allocation, website licensing and registration, internet access, and other infrastructure-level operations.
Under the State Council Information Office
The State Internet Information Office will not be set up as a separate organization; rather, it will operate under the State Council Information Office (SCIO), using current SCIO staff. SCIO director Wang Chen will serve as the director of the new SIIO, and deputy SCIO director Qian Xiaogan as deputy SIIO director, according to state media.
China has more than 450 million Internet users, more than any other nation, with online video, e-commerce websites and Twitter-like microblogging services taking off in popularity in recent years.
SOURCES: Xinhua, MIIT, Agencies (5/04/11)
IN THE PRESS:
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