On the eve of negotiations between Google and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on internet censorship, China has issued a fresh set of increased restrictions on internet use. The new regulations would require all websites operators to provide picture ID and to meet with government regulators prior to operating a website.
In mid-December, Google detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on their Gmail system. In response to this attack, Google shared details of this hacking attempt with the world and declared they were reviewing their operations in China–even pulling out completely. China continues to deny their involvement in this cyber-attack, claiming the accusation is “groundless,” contrary to the New York Times report here. This latest restriction on internet openness only days before Google attempts to reengage China on this exact issue demonstrates China’s resolve in maintaining information censorship. For more on Google in China, visit here.