Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Beijing police launch Web patrols

BEIJING - Police in China's capital said Tuesday they will start patrolling the Web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user's browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content.

Starting Sept. 1, the cartoon alerts will appear every half hour on 13 of China's top portals, including Sohu and Sina, and by the end of the year will appear on all Web sites registered with Beijing servers, the Beijing Public Security Ministry said in a statement.

China stringently polices the Internet for material and content that the ruling Communist Party finds politically or morally threatening. Despite the controls, nudity, profanity, illegal gambling and pirated music, books and film have proliferated on Chinese Internet servers.

The animated police appeared designed to startle Web surfers and remind them that authorities closely monitor Web activity.


From a "special commenter"

Saw your post - great story to highlight. Chinese internet police are no joke -there's at least 30-70k of them.

You might be interested in this game: Yingsel escapes. A battle between a Tibetan antelope and the Chinese internet police in the form of Pac man.


At 10:34 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

My my.

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Kirsten said...

The icons kinda look like Astroboy dressed up in a costume.

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