China’s Internet regulators have rolled out a number of initiatives to manage online content, from MII’s non-commercial site registration in 2005, to last year’s cartoon “Internet police” (shown here), to the latest campaign to use “virtual cops” to clean up illicit activity by the end of June.
Where does the manpower for all this activity come from? Ran Yunfei ran across a job posting for “Skynet” monitors and posted it on his blog. Ran interprets the position as one for these “Internet police”; other references to the “Skynet” project make it out to be a system of cameras installed throughout Chengdu. However, most of his comments are relevant under either interpretation. [Full text]