Regulators are planning to establish “network security offices” in major mainland Internet companies “in order to be able to find out about illegal Internet activity more quickly,” The Financial Times reported, citing China’s deputy minister of public security. Large Internet companies such as Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent already have to employ censors and deploy algorithms to comb online content for pornography, violence and politically heterodox news and opinions. Qiao Mu, a blogger and professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, said it was unclear how having police physically inside the offices would improve online censorship. “The goal seems to be to a create an intimidating atmosphere inside the companies themselves,” he said.
You must log in to post a comment.
Yes, I would like to receive emails from China Economic Review. (You can unsubscribe anytime)
Copyright © 2018 SinoMedia Group Limited All rights reserved