China wants a “civilized” internet that displays and promotes Chinese socialist values and will strengthen oversight to make it happen with tools including a rumor-debunking mechanism, as outlined in a missive from China’s Communist Party and the State Council.
The actual requirements and recommendations – grandly titled “Opinions on Strengthening the Construction of Network Civilization” – appear not to have been made public. But a report about the opinions by state-run organ Xinhua has been reproduced, verbatim, on a number of Chinese government web sites.
Wherever the post appears it states: “The country aims to consolidate the guiding status of Marxism in the ideological cyberspace sphere, foster a common ideology among the whole Party and the Chinese people, and interiorize core socialist values.”
To achieve a correct cyberspace culture, the recommendations dictate the internet’s use as a tool to disseminate information about “the great achievements of [China’s Communist] party in each historical period of revolution, construction, and reform.” The document also calls for a “clear-cut stand against historical nihilism.”
The reports all mention…