Fourteen Regulators Wrangle Over Blogs – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei:

Yesterday’s Economic Information Daily, a Xinhua newspaper, took a look at some of the problems involved in Internet regulation, and blog regulation in particular. The information is familiar, but this article illustrates the regulatory thicket by listing off a surprising number of government departments that have their hooks in online media. An excerpt:

Who is governing blogs? From an interview with an authoritative industry insider, this reporter learned that at no individual or legal statute has drawn a distinction. Because the country had divided up responsibility for Internet governance according to the format and content of data, there is in practice governance by multiple departments. But a single blog may concern many areas, like current affairs and politics, culture, education, health, or publishing, and according to this system, ten or more departments bear the responsibility for governance of this blog. [Full Text]

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