Baidu’s Internal Monitoring and Censorship Document Leaked (1) (Updated)

The first law of Chinese cyberpolitics is “Where there are River Crabs, there are Grass-Mud Horses (那里有河蟹,那里就有草泥马).” According to this “Law of the Grass-Mud Horse,” online censorship will always meet resistance. The latest hot item circulating in the Chinese blogosphere is a compressed folder leaked from a Baidu employee. It contains a set of working documents from Baidu’s internal monitoring and censorship department, with details including staff names, their performance records, company contact lists, censorship guidelines, operating instructions, and specific lists of topics and words to be censored and blocked, guidelines of how to search information which needs to be banned, the backend URL, and other internal company information from November 2008 through March 2009. Baidu, China’s leading search engine company, has a long history of being the most proactive and restrictive online censor in the search arena. These newly available materials reveal and confirm how censors at the search engines distort and manipulate the search experiences of Chinese netizens. These complete documents are being rapidly spread, and quickly deleted, in Chinese cyberspace. CDT selectively posts some of those working documents here, including the list of filtered keywords (in Chinese). (To read more leaked Baidu documents, please visit the GFW blog.)
1. Monitoring information that currently needs to be a particular focus: 近期重点监控信息 中办发 国办发 温州 鬼村 段桂清 四川广安 广安事件
中组部前部长直言 动物园 集会 涿州 饲养基地 中石油国家电网倒数 张文中 华闻 王政
假冒 记签 校园改造工程 雍战胜 死刑现场 冯巩 陶虹 高勤荣 搜词表12.18.htm 反动 共产党 产党 反共 反G 中共 洗脑
GCD CCP GONG党 网特 暴政 独裁
中国必 夺权 公产党 美 国 之 音 美国之音 自由亚洲
ddgcd 第三次世界大战 伪政府 伪大 独夫民贼 台湾国
共X党 共党 不爱党 社会主义灭亡 灭共 不办人事
共产觉 网络封锁 现在的警察 铁血师 现在的共产党 反对党
现在的政府 上海帮 现在的社会 陆独 gong chan dang 共独
纪念文革 文革 40周年 网络警察 国统会 废统 国统纲领
台du 台独 中国人权 打压 高干子弟名单 中正纪念歌
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17 Responses to Baidu’s Internal Monitoring and Censorship Document Leaked (1) (Updated)

  1. Ma Bole says:

    A selective English translation is acceptable, but please make the entire orginal document available to CDT readers. Selective posting is crap! Post everything!

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  3. MAC says:

    I love the fact that the name of the ruling party itself is such a focus for filtering, really shows a lot of confidence. What if I don’t want to say DDGCD but rather GCDWS, huh? Are they going to deny me the right to express my undying ardor?

  4. Yeah, I agree with Ma Bole, but understand this is a lot of information to work through…

  5. Xiao Qiang says:

    To read more leaked Baidu documents, please visit the GFW blog at here:
    http://chinagfw.org/2009/04/blog-post_6962.html

  6. Lawrence says:

    Excellent find. Just a shame we have to resort to using a proxy to read this!

    As a side note, the 色情 section has improved my slang vocabulary already :)

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