To combat the spread of illegal online gambling, the People’s Republic of China launched a new State Internet Information Office (SIIO) to better coordinate and guide the activities of multiple local and state agencies.
The primary functions of SIIO are to improve technical, legal and administrative systems which regulate and censor the internet against illegal foreign online casinos in China.
SIIO mandate is to improve coordination between a myriad of different local and state bureaucracies which all have a special department designed to prevent residents from gambling at online casinos, poker rooms or just placing a single bet on sports in China gambling at online casinos, poker rooms and sportsbooks.
To demonstrate the efficiency of the communist system of government, the State Council Information Office (SCIO) which currently leads the war on online gambling will now be known as SCIO/SIIO .
During the first half of each day, SCIO will lead the fight against online gambling in China. During the seconds half, the same employees, now working as SIIO, will coordinate amongst themselves and make sure that all the orders they issued earlier are carried out.
The Chinese Communist party is firmly entrenched in its unwavering policy of complete prohibition against online gambling. Any criticism of Chinese gambling laws or policy has been declared treasonous since ‘the policies are based on solid legal footing thus any criticism is a deliberate and groundless smear plot against the nation by foreign agitators.’
The totalitarian government is fighting an uphill battle since according to a recently released poll, China has the world’s higher percentage of both traditional and online gamblers. Only 1% of American internet users indicated that they’ve gambled online over the past year; 2% of internet users in China indicated that they’ve gambled within the past month.
As China’s middle class continues to grow with high disposable income, the number of web savvy individuals interested in playing western style online casinos will only increase.
The vast supply of ever changing proxy servers which mask the user’s identity make any online censorship campaign completely useless. Perhaps the communist party will soon realize that just like Macau, legalizing online betting in China will generate billion each month in additional tax revenues.