Internet police

Clean Up Harmful Information, Report Wall-scaling Tool

A notice circulating on the Chinese internet, believed to have been issued by a Hangzhou internet policing department, ordered an investigation into WeChat user “Vagrant” for criticizing Xi Jinping’s campaign against the...

Internet Police Emerge from Behind the Curtains

Xinhua reports the launch of official social media accounts for local branches of China’s Internet police: Starting from June 1, internet police in 50 localities – including both metropolises such as Beijing and...

Photos: Snapshots from Inside the Internet Police Force

Here is a newly posted group of photos circulating in the Chinese blogosphere. These photos give viewers a more tangible picture of Internet police at work: Society Public Information Security Network Membership Certificate,...

China’s Internet Housecleaning, With a Grain of Salt

What is behind the 200 million items of harmful online information removed by the government? From The New York Times: At first blush it sounds like quite an achievement: A marvelously named arm of the Chinese government, the...

China Censors Internet Users With Site Bans, Cartoon Cop Spies – Xiao Qiang

This is my OP-ED piece on the San Francisco Chronicle: Development of the Internet in China is the result of government efforts to promote a knowledge-based economy in a global environment – all as part of a master plan to preserve the power of the Chinese Communist Party. The unintended result, however, is the ability […]

Under the Internet Police’s Radar

With the 17th Party Congress about to start and the 2008 Olympics Games approaching, censorship of Chinese media and the Internet has intensified more and more. According to the Beijing Evening News, starting from September 1,...

China Shuts Down Media Freedom Site ‘Within Hours’ – AFP

From AFP, via The Sydney Morning Herald: China’s Internet police took between five and eight hours to track down the new location of Reporters Without Borders’ Chinese language website and block it, the media freedom group said Wednesday. The site was first launched on May 3 but access within China was quickly denied, the […]

A Recruitment Ad for Virtual Cops – Joel Martinsen

From Danwei: 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 […]

Cartoon police to ‘patrol’ all Web sites in China – dpa

From dpa, via The China Post: China plans to expand its use of animated police figures into a virtual force symbolizing the government’s monitoring of all major Web sites and online forums, state media said Saturday. The government believes the floating images of male and female police officers have proved successful during trials in the […]

China: We don’t censor the Internet. Really – Declan McCullagh

From CNET Chinese government official draws incredulous stares at U.N. summit when denying that the Great Firewall of China exists. While many countries block off some Web sites, China has long drawn heightened scrutiny because of the breadth and sophistication of its Internet censorship. Which is why it came as a surprise on Tuesday […]



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