Internet police

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...

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...

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 […]

Who are China’s Top Internet Cops?

Last week, Foreign Policy published an interview with Li Wufeng, the director-general of China’s State Council Information Office (SCIO), the agency in charge of regulating Internet content inside China. The Foreign Policy...

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