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The Public Pledge on Self-Discipline for the Chinese Internet Industry is an agreement between the Chinese internet industry regulator and companies that operate sites in China.
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Internet Society of China

The pledge was created in 2002 by the Internet Society of China, a self-governing Chinese internet industry body, and within a month of launch had been signed by more than 100 Chinese web companies such as Baidu, Soseen, Sina, and Sohu, as well as by Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Chinese government offices.
The ISC issues what the Chinese government calls “self-disciplinary regulations,” including the Public Pledge on Self-Discipline for the Chinese Internet Industry, which has been signed by thousands of organizations operating websites in China, including Baidu, Soseen, Yahoo, Microsoft and Google.

Internet censorship in China

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On 16 March 2002, the Internet Society of China, a self-governing Chinese Internet industry body, launched the Public Pledge on Self-Discipline for the Chinese Internet Industry, an agreement between the Chinese Internet industry regulator and companies that operate sites in China.

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Yahoo in 2002 signed a Public Pledge on Self-discipline (known as The Pledge) promising to regulate chatrooms in line with the Chinese governments laws and regulations.

Baidu

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The pledge was created in 2002 by the Internet Society of China, a self-governing Chinese internet industry body, and within a month of launch had been signed by more than 100 Chinese web companies such as Baidu, Soseen, Sina, and Sohu, as well as by Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Chinese government offices.

Sina Corp

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The pledge was created in 2002 by the Internet Society of China, a self-governing Chinese internet industry body, and within a month of launch had been signed by more than 100 Chinese web companies such as Baidu, Soseen, Sina, and Sohu, as well as by Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Chinese government offices.

Sohu

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The pledge was created in 2002 by the Internet Society of China, a self-governing Chinese internet industry body, and within a month of launch had been signed by more than 100 Chinese web companies such as Baidu, Soseen, Sina, and Sohu, as well as by Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Chinese government offices.

Peking University

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The pledge was created in 2002 by the Internet Society of China, a self-governing Chinese internet industry body, and within a month of launch had been signed by more than 100 Chinese web companies such as Baidu, Soseen, Sina, and Sohu, as well as by Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Chinese government offices.

Tsinghua University

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The pledge was created in 2002 by the Internet Society of China, a self-governing Chinese internet industry body, and within a month of launch had been signed by more than 100 Chinese web companies such as Baidu, Soseen, Sina, and Sohu, as well as by Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Chinese government offices.

ICP license

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Signing it is officially optional, but without having signed it firms are ineligible to receive a Chinese Internet Content Provider license, which is required to obtain a .cn domain.

Domain name

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Signing it is officially optional, but without having signed it firms are ineligible to receive a Chinese Internet Content Provider license, which is required to obtain a .cn domain.

Human rights

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The pledge has been criticized by human rights and freedom of expression organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and American firms have been criticized as compromising American values related to freedom of speech in order to make money by signing it.

Freedom of speech

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The pledge has been criticized by human rights and freedom of expression organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and American firms have been criticized as compromising American values related to freedom of speech in order to make money by signing it.

Amnesty International

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The pledge has been criticized by human rights and freedom of expression organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and American firms have been criticized as compromising American values related to freedom of speech in order to make money by signing it.

Human Rights Watch

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The pledge has been criticized by human rights and freedom of expression organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and American firms have been criticized as compromising American values related to freedom of speech in order to make money by signing it.

Reporters Without Borders

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The pledge has been criticized by human rights and freedom of expression organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and American firms have been criticized as compromising American values related to freedom of speech in order to make money by signing it.

Committee to Protect Journalists

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The pledge has been criticized by human rights and freedom of expression organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and American firms have been criticized as compromising American values related to freedom of speech in order to make money by signing it.

Yahoo!

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In 2002 Yahoo signed the pledge.

Shi Tao (journalist)

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Two years later, it disclosed to the Chinese government that journalist Shi Tao had sent an e-mail to a New York-based site containing notes from a Chinese government directive on how to handle the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

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Two years later, it disclosed to the Chinese government that journalist Shi Tao had sent an e-mail to a New York-based site containing notes from a Chinese government directive on how to handle the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs

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significant criticism from Reporters Without Borders and others, including a statement by the chair of the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Lantos that while Yahoo is technologically and financially “giants”, “morally you are pygmies”.

Tom Lantos

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significant criticism from Reporters Without Borders and others, including a statement by the chair of the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Lantos that while Yahoo is technologically and financially “giants”, “morally you are pygmies”.

Microsoft

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In 2005 Microsoft signed the pledge.

Windows Live Spaces

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Later in 2005, it deleted from Windows Live Spaces the blog of Chinese journalist and political blogger Jing Zhao, who was known for his writings about freedom of the press in China.

Michael Anti (journalist)

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Later in 2005, it deleted from Windows Live Spaces the blog of Chinese journalist and political blogger Jing Zhao, who was known for his writings about freedom of the press in China.