Note on Olympics Web site raises censoring fears

30 July 2012

Netizens recently noticed a cryptic line of information appearing at the bottom of the official Web site of the London Summer Olympics (, sparking speculation about possible complicity by the Games’ organizers in Chinese Internet censorship during the event.

At first glance, the last line of information on the site, which appeared in light gray characters, seemed mysterious enough: ICP filing number (京ICP備12028602號). The acronym stands for Internet content provider, a permit issued by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) allowing China-based Web sites to operate in China.