Also as part of an ongoing effort to curb potential dissent, thousands of cybercafes -- the main entry to the Web for many Chinese unable to afford a computer or Internet access -- have been closed.
Authorities in Shanghai have installed surveillance cameras and begun requiring visitors to Internet cafes to register using their official identity cards to keep tabs on who's seeing and saying what online.
The government also recently threatened to shut down unregistered Web sites and blogs, online diaries in which users post their thoughts for others to read. (BusinessWeek / AP, 09/25/05.)
I hope that the people of the free China, i.e., Taiwan Republic of China, are keeping tabs on the developments in the PRC...
Get your copy of the Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents by Reporters Without Borders, before it is too late... [Via Search Engine Journal.]
Related: My post, NO FREE SPACE AT MSN IN COMMUNIST CHINA.