Internet censorship is control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the Internet. The legal issues are similar to offline censorship.
Censorship is a practice that is commonly put in place by governments all over the world. However, Taiwan is one of the more liberal asian countries and this can be observed from its more relaxed censorship policies as well. While Taiwan do not filter out web content as actively as China, Taiwan has taken several measures to educate the public about protecting themselves and the young from undesirable content.
There are two main initiatives that Taiwan has taken to block unhealthy Web sites from children. The first is the ongoing classification effort and the other is the computer Web site filter programs devised by the private sector[MyCS1105Project:1].
A rating system has been used instead of a rigid blockage of traffic to these web content. Currently, the government requires Internet service providers to rate their Web sites into four classes: 'general,' 'parental guidance,' 'protected' and 'R-rated'.
General-rated Web sites can safely be viewed by anyone, while children aged under 12 wishing to view protected sites should do so only with a parent. Parents should also be on hand to screen content on parental guidance-rated sites for those under 18, while only over 18s should have access to R-rated sites.
- ^ Taipei Times - Government gets its scissors out for online censorship - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2003/12/05/2003078383 Accessed on 08 Oct 2008.