Urgent Notice on Network and Information Security

Below is an urgent notice many Chinese received on March 31 following the recent suspension of commenting on Weibo. Translated by Hernandez.

Urgent: Regarding Network and Information Security

Joint announcement from the Ministry of and Information Technology, Ministry of Public Security and , effective immediately: For network and information security, all departments are to launch a real name registration crackdown between April 1, 2012 and August 1, 2012. During this period, clients are requested to suspend all services involving unregistered ; content related to pornography, or drugs; pornographic information; illegal discussion forums; and counter-political activities.* This will be a wide-range, long-term and large-scale crackdown.

网络信息安全紧急通知

即日,接中华人民共和国工信部、公安部、文化部联合通知,2012年4月1日至2012年8月1日期间,各部门对网络信息安全进行实名制严打。在此期间,请客户停止一切未备案域名、黄赌毒、色情信息、违法论坛、反政治活动等业务。此次严打,涉及范围广,时间长,规模大。

* “Counter-political” (反政治) is a vague term used by the Chinese Communist Party which may imply disobeying the ruling of the CCP, and is somewhat similar to “counter-revolutionary.” It has nothing to do with being “-political.”

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