By The Associated Press
TIGHTER CONTROLS: China plans to stiffen restrictions on Internet service providers. The rules require Internet companies to keep logs for 12 months and to provide technical assistance to the police and national security agencies.
THE PROMPT: The government wants even greater control over the opinions voiced on the country's lively microblogs and other Web forums.
THE BACKDROP: In December, China began requiring real name registration for nearly all microblog services, though compliance has been patchy. The latest regulations appear aimed at beefing up enforcement by requiring companies to cooperate with police and threatening criminal punishment and loss of business licenses.
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