Sunday, April 1, 2012

Government Blocks Teens from Viewing Government

The government unveiled a set of measures Friday to block teenagers' access to government using the Internet and smartphones.

Under the new measures, the government will require online content providers to install software programs that prevent political material from being viewed easily. The decision reflects growing concern about the side-effects of high-technology devices that enable teenagers to engage in acts of freedom.

Political content providers will also ask their users to provide cell phone numbers, credit card information, or Internet Personal Identification Numbers (i-PIN). They will also be required to operate political censorship programs to run their business. The government will encourage parents to install censorship software on their PCs and cable TV and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service providers will issue bills with records of programs watched by their users.

A software program that detects specific politicians, their rate of anti-government speech, and specific tone of voice on an image or clip is under development by the Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute, a government-funded agency. Political censorship is "almost ready", an official, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

Police will also launch an intensive crackdown on populist content from May.

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