On August 9, Jianjiao Buluo or “Pepper Tribe,” an online platform dedicated to female workers, announced that it will cease updating content and will permanently close all properties linked to its official account....
by John Chan | Jun 24, 2021
An anonymous Chinese tech and politics blogger known as program-think (编程随想) has reportedly been detained in China after evading identification and arrest for more than 12 years. program-think, whose Blogspot posts included...
by Josh Rudolph | Apr 12, 2018
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...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 22, 2010
ESWN translates a story from Beijing News: Yu Bing was the former Internet Supervisory Department head in the Beijing City Public Security Bureau. Yesterday at the Number One Beijing City Middle Court, Yu was found guilty of...
Helping Commercial Companies Destroy Their Competitors: Beijing’s Top Internet Cop Arrested (Updated)
by Sophie Beach | Feb 20, 2009
Mingpao is reporting news of the arrest of the head of the Internet monitoring department of the Beijing Public Security Bureau on suspicion of accepting bribes. The original Chinese report is here; Excerpts translated by CDT:...
by Xiao Qiang | Jan 22, 2009
Speaking about the power of the “human flesh search engine” of Chinese netizens, the following post “What kind of communist is Mr. Chen Hua?” is quickly becoming the next case. Chen Hua (陈华)，Deputy...
by Xiao Qiang | Dec 7, 2008
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,...
by Xiao Qiang | Dec 3, 2008
Where Are Chinese Internet Police Being Trained? This inetcop.com.cn website has the answer. The following is from the Xiamen Meiah Pico IT CO., Ltd. website, translated by CDT’s Lucy Lin: On July 30, 2004, the Ministry of...
by Wu Nan | Feb 8, 2008
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...
by Xiao Qiang | Sep 23, 2007
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 […]
by Liu Yong | May 30, 2007
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 www.rsf-chinese.org was first launched on May 3 but access within China was quickly denied, the […]
by Sophie Beach | May 22, 2007
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 […]
by Xiao Qiang | Apr 15, 2007
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 […]
by Xiao Qiang | Oct 31, 2006
From CNET News.com: 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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