China plans to introduce ‘civilized internet’
The Chinese state media has said its country would step up its efforts to promote a ‘civilized internet’ based on socialist values.
After years of rapid growth and change, Chinese regulators are trying to strengthen control over society with tight oversight in many areas, from technology to education and entertainment, Xinhua News reported.
According to the report, cyberspace should be used to promote education about the ruling Communist Party and its achievements. A clear stance should be taken against ‘negative thinking about history’ and good moral values should be promoted.
Chinese state media quoted the authorities as saying that “the principles of conduct in cyberspace should also strengthen ethics and laws, which are in line with socialist basic values.”
The report regarding ‘civilized internet’ added that efforts should be made to help young people use the internet “correctly” and “safely”. To improve the self-discipline and management of Internet platforms, content platforms such as live streaming will be strengthened and the public will be encouraged to participate in surveillance.
According to the Xinhua news agency, the formulation, revision and implementation of laws such as cybercrime and protection of minors will also be expedited.
On June 12, after strong reaction from public, the Pakistan’s federal government had decided to withdraw the taxes proposed on different mobile phone services including calls exceeding three minutes, SMS and internet.
The taxes had been withdrawn just a day after its announcement in the Federal Budget 2021-22. The government had proposed to levy Rs1 federal excise duty on each call longer than three minutes, Rs0.1 on each SMS and Rs5 on each GB of internet data, in a bid to “reap reasonable revenue from the cellular phone companies”.
In a post-budget presser, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin had said the federal cabinet did not approve the proposal to enhance charges on SMS, mobile phone calls and internet.