Hi-tech to block chil­dren from in­ter­net cafes

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

East China’s Jiangxi prov­ince has started to in­stall fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy in in­ter­net cafes across the prov­ince to stop chil­dren from en­ter­ing, thepaper.cn re­ported.

The on­line real name reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem, which is also be­ing in­stalled, will help trace the au­then­tic­ity of the users’ IDs.

Once a child logs on to one of the more than 5,000 mon­i­tored in­ter­net cafes, the sys­tem will im­me­di­ately re­port it to the au­thor­i­ties and re­tain ev­i­dence.

China banned in­ter­net cafes from al­low­ing any­one be­low the age of 18 in 2002 and ev­ery cus­tomer was re­quired to show ID be­fore en­ter­ing the cafes.

The sys­tem aims to use tech­nol­ogy rather than hu­man check­ing to im­ple­ment the reg­u­la­tion. It is ex­pected to fin­ish in­stal­la­tion be­fore the end of Oc­to­ber and fin­ish trial runs be­fore the end of Novem­ber.

XIN­HUA

The trial op­er­a­tion of a per­ma­nent shiplift at the Three Gorges Dam in Cen­tral China’s Hubei prov­ince has started. The ver­ti­cal-hoist­ing el­e­va­tor helps small and medium-sized ships to tra­verse the dam. The water level be­hind the dam is up to 370 feet higher than the down­stream river. It takes ships about three to four hours to pass the dam via the ship lock. The el­e­va­tor will cut that to about 40 min­utes to one hour.

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