Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

Guess what's illegal

It sounds like the Chinese government is looking for more than thousands of online censors to keep track of "illegal publications." Do you want to guess what "illegal" means in this context?

China to go high tech in online crackdown of illegal publications
China will use advanced technologies to crack down on illegal publications and "harmful information" posted online, according to an cooperative agreement signed on Tuesday between the authorities and the country's top sciences academy.

According to the agreement signed between the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publication (NOAPIP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Tuesday, the two sides will make joint efforts in research and development of core Internet technologies in cracking down on illegal and pornographic publications.

Those core technologies include related monitoring and administering methods, discovering and recognizing of online publications, and evidence collecting of "illegal promulgation" on the Internet, according to the agreement…

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