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China Establishes the National Internet Network Information Office

On May 4, the General Office of the State Council issued a notice about establishing the National Internet Network Information Office (NINIO). The office’s main responsibilities include: enforce the Internet network information broadcast policies; advance legal control over Internet network information; direct, coordinate, and monitor corresponding offices on Internet network information control; review and monitor businesses such as online news; oversee corresponding offices on planning and developing the network entertainment industry, covering online games, online video, and online publishing; plan and develop key news websites; organize and coordinate Internet propaganda work; take punitive action against websites that violate the law; and direct corresponding offices on overseeing the work of IP address distribution, website registration, and other Internet management activities from telecom companies, ISPs, and URL registration and service providers. Wang Cheng, the current director of the State Council Information Office (SCIO) will head NINIO, which will not have its own office, but will reside in the same building as SCIO with an added name plate.

Source: Xinhua, May 4, 2011