China Sets Up State Internet Information Office

Xinhua reports the establishment of a new government body charged with a wide range of Internet management and enforcement duties. This State Internet Information Office will be populated with the staff of the State Council’s Information Office, whose director and vice director have been appointed to equivalent positions at the new body.

The department, known as the State Internet Information Office, will direct, coordinate and supervise online content management and handle administrative approval of businesses related to online news reporting, it said.

It will direct the development of online gaming, online video and online publication industries, it said.

The office will be engaged in promoting construction of major news websites and managing government online publicity work.

It is assigned the duties to investigate and punish websites violating laws and regulations.

It will oversee telecom service providers in their efforts to improve the management of registration of domain names, distribution of IP addresses, registration of websites and Internet access.