23 April 2008

China Joins the Brown Shirts

A cohort of mine, who once lived in Beijing, informed me that China's Communist Party (CCP) maintains "blog monitors" who readily patrol teh internets looking for people who say nasty things about China. They will usually claim they are a British or Aussie and talk about why the communist regime is "super awesome" in a covert fashion. I'm hoping to attract some of those psyop monitors to this blog amidst a massively embarrassing string of protests against the Olympic torch to allow the hilarity to ensue. The blog China Sucks Dick probably receives ample attention, and I want to partake. Here's some insight from The Telegraph on China's Cyber Brownshirts:

More than 30,000 Chinese "cyber police" surf the internet every day and have blocked thousands of sites that are deemed offensive or critical of the authorities. In addition, hundreds of officials go "underground" to take part in online discussions with the aim of subtly steering debates in support of the authorities.

Perhaps China should spend less time waging an information war and more time having restraint in beating the shit out of Tibetan monks to improve their image.





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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are just full of this week aren't you???
But my job has been getting on my nerves -- well, only a certain portion, so I wonder if it's like in China, where it must be HORRIBLE WORKING CONDITIONS and they are PROBABLY MEAN to all their people. (wink, wink, nod, nod) Nasty old China.
Kath

subrookie said...

GF was over in Shanghai and Nanjing last year. Not only could she not get a reliable internet connection forget checking news (CNN, ABC, etc.) or even normal google. That's all blocked. Good luck to your plan to keystone cop the brown shirt blog mofia!

Anonymous said...

Plus, I meant to say that I've heard the LIVING CONDITIONS SUCK.

Kath

Nate said...

Over the past few weeks I've watched as anti-china protests erupted in various cities around the world and I was thinking... Why does China care about what the rest of the world thinks about it?

Just about anyone in a society with freedom of the press knows about China's human rights record. The only people that still seem to be in the dark are the Chinese people themselves, and they don't really seem too keen on finding out the truth. In fact, if you ask the average university student in Beijing what happened in Tienanmen Square in 1989 they won't have a clue what you're talking about.

I've heard some political pundits say the Chinese government wants to show the world how far the country has come in the past 50 years, and is afraid of scaring away potential investors. I'll believe that when all the international corporations that manufacture and sell goods there back out.

Anonymous said...

Nate,
I was going to say, seems like a lot of big corporations are already there. I do wonder, though, how different it is for them doing business there -- how many restrictions behind the scenes that you never really hear about. But I don't see them leaving, either.
Kath

LT Nixon said...

All,

The olympics fiasco shows that China needs to address their myriad of human rights issues.

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LT Nixon said...

All,

Here's a look at a China PR piece from my cohort at work.

It talks about the Dalai Lama being a tyrant. Pretty nutty!

Anonymous said...

Have to say I would disagree with that writer saying the Tibet "events" looked staged. I thought they looked all too real -- and I wasn't just watching CNN.
Kath

subrookie said...

In case you're interested LT, USA Today ran this piece on it today:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techpolicy/2008-04-22-InternetBandits_N.htm

LT Nixon said...

Subrookie,

It's cool fascist repression of the internet is now cute

Authorities in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen created two cute cartoon cybercops — the male Jingjing and the female Chacha — that pop up on websites to remind Internet users they're being watched. The Beijing Youth Daily newspaper quoted a security official admitting that the big-eyed cartoon duo were designed "to intimidate."

Thanks for the link!

Ms. Kiyum said...

Chinese protester or Hulkamaniac?

ABWF said...

There is a website that you used to be able to go to and "test" web addresses to see if they were blocked in China ( "The Great Firewall of China"). Unfortunately the website testing is no longer operational.


I do have a question for you. Have you had any hits from China LT Nixon? If not, how will you even know if you get banned? There has to be some way to measure the outcome of this little experiment of yours.

LT Nixon said...

Ms. Kiyum,

Quite possibly both. That would pretty badass if you peppersprayed a guy waving a sign and he body slammed your ass.

LT Nixon said...

ABWF,

I'm too incompetent to figure out how to do that.