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  • Nov 25, 2014
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Internet Service Providers

Net venues fight for survival

Internet cafes grew in popularity about a decade ago when online games became an instant hit with teenagers. But changing habits, the implementation of the minimum wage law and the proposed licensing regulations are dealing a blow to their survival.

Thursday, 5 May, 2011, 12:00am

War on independent Web cafes worries Net users

A plan to shut down tens of thousands of independent internet cafes across the mainland is stoking fears that officials are further tightening their grip on the circulation of online information.

Deputy Culture Minister Ouyang Jian rolled out the measure last month, saying the government wanted to get rid of independently run internet cafes.

9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Options for change


Define more broadly 'the undue exploitation of sex, horror, cruelty and violence' Adjudication

Two-tier system comprising a classification board and the existing tribunal to handle appeals

Expand the existing adjudicators panel

Have magistrate classify articles

4 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Consultancy welcomes authorities' rules against 'electronic heroin'

Research group Gartner has come out strongly in favour of the new regulations governing mainland cyber cafes.

The firm said the authorities intended to control student behaviour, rather than to restrict general public access to the Internet.

25 May 2002 - 12:00am

Net cafes forced to tighten rules after crackdown

Officials have closed 8,000 Internet cafes during a three-month crackdown - and many others have been forced to install software to filter sensitive Web sites and messages.

1 Jul 2001 - 12:00am