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Surrey, Canada

#1 Mar 6, 2013
Aside from censoring books and publishing fake history, censoring television or using it for propaganda, brainwashing children with fake legends in propaganda classes, forbidding assemblies or organizations that do not kowtow to the CCP and launching hate campaigns against them and individuals, etc., etc. the Chinese Communist Party censors not just internet sites in China (everyone who has ever been to China becomes VERY familiar with "page not available"!)via the servers they channel all traffic through, but also it censors the web in real time. Check this story out:

China's web censors are quick, but take breaks for the evening news

By Amar Tooron March 6, 2013 07:37 am
Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging platform, has seen tremendous growth since launching in 2010, with the site's 300 million users combining to post 70,000 messages per minute. This growth has forced the Chinese government to ramp up its censorship tactics, though its precise methods have thus far remained a mystery. Researchers in the US, however, have now attempted to pull back the curtain on the country's operations, as part of a new study released this week.

Without any firm details on China's censorship practices, Rice University's Dan Wallach and his team of researchers instead attempted to reverse-engineer the government's techniques by tracking Weibo posts as they appeared in real-time. After following activity from 3,500 users over a 15-day period, they found that about 13 percent of all posts had been deleted. Some, of course, had been deleted by users themselves, but Wallach's real interest lay in those erased by third parties — identifiable by a unique "permission denied" message that would appear after deletion. It's these "system deletions," according to the authors, that provide the most accurate idea of how China's censorship machine actually operates.


Surrey, Canada

#2 Mar 6, 2013
Patterns point to a human hand at work

According to the study, five percent of all system deletions occur within eight minutes of posting, with the highest volume of deletions coming within the first five to ten minutes of posting. Overall, 30 percent of system deletions occur within half an hour, while 90 percent are completed within a day. This would suggest, then, that China's censors are monitoring Weibo activity in real-time, though it's likely that they deploy automated alerts for particularly sensitive keywords or phrases, such as "sex scandal," "government," or "politician."

Nevertheless, they estimate that the country's system would require about 1,400 censors at any given moment. Assuming each employee works an eight-hour shift, that would result in a total of 4,200 workers on the government's payroll on a given day. Further supporting their hypothesis on human-fueled censorship are unique patterns observed over 24-hour cycles. Wallach noticed, for instance, that deletions are less frequent at night, and that the system faces a backlog of objectionable posts each morning, presumably when most workers are coming into the office. They also noticed a slight downturn in activity around 7 PM, when China's national news airs every night.

It's a fascinating study, and one that Wallach and his team hope to expand upon going further. The next step will be to determine how China prioritizes the content it deletes.

Surrey, Canada

#3 Mar 6, 2013

Hmmm. CCP China civil servants.

That means a long, long "nap time" after lunch.

Check your watches, patriots of China!


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#4 Mar 6, 2013
CCP's (Capitalist Chinese Party) CHINA is beginning to BUY CANADA so be prepared to leave. Hahahaha

Surrey, Canada

#7 Mar 7, 2013
ASIA will RISE wrote:
CCP's (Capitalist Chinese Party) CHINA is beginning to BUY CANADA so be prepared to leave. Hahahaha
Do you take medications when you get lost like that in your strange nonsensical fantasies of power?




Surrey, Canada

#10 Mar 7, 2013
Gone in 30 minutes: Chinese tweets purged by army of censors

New report claims thousands of censors could be working for Sina Weibo

By Phil Muncaster • Get more from this author

Posted in Policy, 7th March 2013 04:52 GMT

The murky world of online self-censorship in China has come under the spotlight again in a new report which estimates that most post deletions on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo occur within the first 30 minutes of appearing.

The Velocity of Censorship: High-Fidelity Detection of Microblog Post Deletions, was researched by academics at Bowdoin College, Rice University and the University of New Mexico alongside independent researcher Tao Zhu(h/t MIT Technology Review).

Sina claims its service has over 500 million users, but for the purposes of this research the team concentrated on the posts of around 3,500 “sensitive” users with a track record of censorship.

Developing a system “which collects removed posts on targeted users in almost real time”, the researchers found that roughly 12 per cent of posts were deleted over the 15 day monitoring period – which amounts to more than 4,500 every day.


Surrey, Canada

#11 Mar 7, 2013
The research included the following observation(PDF):

Our research found that deletions happen most heavily in the first hour after a post has been made. Especially for original posts that are not reposts, most deletions occur within 5-30 minutes, accounting for 25 per cent of the total deletions of such posts. Nearly 90 per cent of the deletions of such posts happen within the first 24 hours of the post.

To enable such speedy censorship, the report claims a mixture of technical and non-technical filtering is used, with potentially thousands of staff employed to eyeball content, as per the following hypothesis:

The deletions happen most heavily for a regular post within 5 to 10 minutes of it being posted. Suppose an efficient worker can read 50 posts per minute, including the reposts and figures included in the posts. Then to read Weibo’s full 70,000 new posts in one minute, 1,400 workers working at the same time would be needed. If these workers only worked in 8 hour shifts, 4,200 workers would then be required.

Proactive keyword filtering blocks certain posts before they have gone live, or holds them for human review, while a range of retroactive mechanisms including backwards keyword and repost searches, public timeline filtering and monitoring of specific censorship-prone individuals were also highlighted in the report.

The research also hypothesises that the censors work “relatively independently, in a distributed fashion”, with activity only really dipping between around 1-7am and again slightly at 7pm – which the report authors claim could be due to the national TV news programme broadcast at that time.

Although the report casts new light on the speed and accuracy of China’s web censors, it doesn’t explain why more isn’t done to block potentially illegal content before it is even posted.

One possible answer came from Sina Weibo manager @geniune_Yu_Yang (正&# 29256;于洋 ), who – apparently frustrated by user anger directed at the company’s army of censors - wrote an illuminating post of his own back in January.

He effectively argued that Sina is trying to work around the strict regulations forced upon it by government, by at least letting users see and disseminate their content for a few minutes before it is deleted.

He wrote:

You can see the messages before they are deleted, right? You still have your account functioning, right? You are all experienced netizens, you know that the technology allows us to delete messages in a second. Please think carefully on this.

Now, there is no way of proving whether this manager was engaging in a crafty piece of well-timed PR or if there’s some truth to his claims.

Somewhat ironically, his post too was deleted, which illustrates perfectly the central problem with censorship of this kind: there's no way of telling whether a piece of content is deleted because it was true, or because it wasn't.®

Surrey, Canada

#12 Mar 7, 2013

Surrey, Canada

#13 Mar 7, 2013

Germans read the truth about China in their free press! Check this out:

China's new leaders have inherited a rigorous system of censorship. There are few signs of change under the new leadership, although it is becoming increasingly difficult for the state to control information.

For readers, the New Year edition of the weekly magazine Nanfang Zhoumo was more of the same.

The lead article greeted them with the headline "Dreams are our commitment to do what is necessary." It also contained a quote from new Communist Party leader Xi Jinping: "The great revival in China has always been the great dream of the Chinese people."

Chinese newspapers are full of headlines and quotes like these. But editors at Nanfang Zhoumo were surprised when they saw the magazine in print. They had actually submitted another story for publication with a headline that read "The Chinese dream is a constitutional government."

Turning point?

Headlines like that one are hard to find in Chinese publications, if not impossible. The censor had changed it overnight.

But this time, the editorial team wasn't willing to accept the censorship and went on strike in protest.

Chinese protest the crackdown on press freedom

"Censorship has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years," said Chang Ping, editor of the exile magazine iSun Affairs and a journalist at DW. Chinese authorities give detailed instructions to editors of how and what to report, he notes. With warnings and sanctions, they also try to prevent critical stories from being published. If journalists decide to publish such stories, they risk being fired, together with their editor.

Chang speaks from experience. He was a former editor-in-chief of Nanfang Zhoumo before he had to vacate his position after publishing a report that was critical of authorities.

Chang doesn't think anything will change in Chinese censorship under the new generation of leaders. "There's currently a lot of talk in China and abroad about a 'tipping point,'" he said. Despite this, Chang, is quick to add, there's also no clear evidence of this happening.

Becoming nervous

On the contrary, Xi Jinping continuously emphasizes how important it is for the Communist Party to strengthen its power – even by force. "If there is going to be any change in China, then it won't happen under Xi Jinping's leadership," Chang said.

Nor does the human rights organization Reporters Without Borders (RWB) see any movement toward easing censorship – in fact, just the opposite, according to spokeswoman Ulrike Gruska. "We're observing that the government is becoming increasingly nervous," she said.


Surrey, Canada

#14 Mar 7, 2013
For the past two years, the Chinese government has been cracking down on the press. Restrictions on journalists grew as the government prepared for a change of leadership. According to RWB, 99 journalists and bloggers were arrested during this period and remain in confinement today.

Despite censorship, interested Chinese readers can find critical coverage, which is actually on the rise. Since the 1990s, many of the country's state-owned publishing companies have been transformed into commercial enterprises that need to find paying customers. One way is to offer them real journalistic content that stays within the borders of censorship but right on the edge.

The Internet is making censorship in China increasingly difficult

"The best investigative pieces in recent years have come from Chinese journalists working under very hard conditions," said Bernhard Bartsch, who has worked for years in Beijing as a correspondent for various German publishers. One of the publishers at the forefront of this development is Nanfang Zhoumo.

Add to that the Internet, which has made censorship increasingly difficult, even in China, which has the world's most sophisticated Internet censorship regime. It consists of filter systems and Internet sensors that trawl the web. It blocks unwanted sites and communicates instructions and bans to Internet portals and social networks.

But with plenty of tricks and a good dose of fantasy, tech-savvy users repeatedly succeed in dodging the censors. "Chinese Internet users are probably the cleverest in the world," says Chang.“They continuously come up with new code words for sensitive topics – codes that the censors don't immediately recognize but other users do. For instance, the seven members of the party leadership are called the ‘Seven Dwarfs.’"

Game of cat-and-mouse

Programs that bypass the censorship technology also continue to flourish in China.

Even journalists who know their research will never pass through the censors find ways to publish it. "Chinese journalists have a lot of practice in putting news quickly in the Internet before the censors can react," said Chang, adding that they can also pay a price for such action. Of the 99 journalists in jail reported by the RSF, 69 of them are being held on charges of publishing content in the Internet.

So the game of cat-and-mouse continues between the censors on the one side and journalists and Internet users on the other. The government is determined to do everything necessary to keep this discussion under control. But it will have to make a greater effort to succeed. And the new leadership knows that.

Surrey, Canada

#16 Mar 7, 2013
ASIA will RISE wrote:
CCP's (Capitalist Chinese Party) CHINA is beginning to BUY CANADA so be prepared to leave. Hahahaha
Canadian investment in China is far greater than Chinese investment in Canada. Does that mean Canada OWNS China?

If so, tell Xi Jinping and the rest of the useless, corrupt bandits of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee THEY'RE FIRED!


Surrey, Canada

#21 Mar 7, 2013
Are all the members of the Chinese Communist Party living in a fantasy world of propaganda?

Seems that way!

Funny thread! It's starting to look like something from the "China Daily Forum", shot full of holes!

How fast can you hack, "Comrades"?


Surrey, Canada

#31 Mar 7, 2013
ASIA will RISE wrote:
CCP's (Capitalist Chinese Party) CHINA is beginning to BUY CANADA so be prepared to leave. Hahahaha
You mean Nexen, Canada's TENTH biggest oil company?

I guess you were educated in mainland China and skipped math lessons for more "political education" classes, huh?

Poor bugger. You can tell us all about the fictional propaganda character Lei Feng, but can't do basic math, eh?

tsk, tsk.....
HeyHeyHoHo CCP HasGotToGo

Surrey, Canada

#36 Mar 7, 2013
" the researchers found that roughly 12 per cent of posts were deleted over the 15 day monitoring period – which amounts to more than 4,500 every day."


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