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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Positive Clampdown

HONG KONG -- Beijing's recent clampdown on Internet use, far from hampering the flow of information, means the country has truly embarked on the information superhighway, Internet promoters said last week.

China in February ordered Internet users to register with police and promise not to harm the country or commit crimes.

Authorities are installing filters to sieve banned information.

But Jeff Smith, president of Bridge to Asia, a nonprofit organization aimed at connecting Internet users in China and Southeast Asia, said China's actions show it has accepted the Internet's arrival and its public use.

"The new regulations for users to register represent formal acceptance of the Internet by China ... it's like regulating air traffic," Smith said in a speech to the Asia Society.

China now has a number of networks with connections to the global Internet. ()