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China installs monitors in Internet cafes
The Epoch Times
5/18/2004



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SHANGHAI - In an attempt to censor information on the Internet, the Chinese government is planning to install monitoring devices in Internet cafes.

The Shanghai Cultural Bureau will install 1,325 monitoring devices at local Internet cafés to keep children from opening web pages that contain illegal information.

According to Shanghai Daily Newspaper, the monitoring devices will automatically alert the surveillance center if a customer is on an illegal website and inform the Internet café of the legal action to be taken. Websites prohibited by the government include foreign pornography and Falun Gong websites.

By investing in censorship software, the Chinese government can oversee Internet cafés by requesting an ID or passport number from customers before gaining access to the Internet with police responding immediately if critical reports about the government are posted.

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