China’s State Internet Censorship

China’s notoriously strict in censoring the Internet. Now, the way the Chinese government to censor and delete sensitive right the first time in the online world revealed.

As expected, the communist party is very sensitive to the critical state. They apply the ‘Great Firewall’, a network blocking technology that prevents Chinese people browse the internet freely.

U.S. research also shows Beijing censorship machine works in real time, can adapt quickly to emerging problems, depending on the location, the far more active, if necessary, up to the dissidents.

David Bamman, linguists and computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, got the idea last summer when he saw how quickly false rumors about the death of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who disappeared from Sina Weibo, China’s largest microblogging network.

“I was there to check back a few of these messages and it was really surprising, I found that about 70% of them have been removed,” said Bamman told New Scientist.

He along with his colleague, Noah Smith and Brendan O’Connor, decided to study more closely the mechanism of censorship. His team took advantage of the fact that Sina Weibo that publishes an interface that encourages developers around the world to design a smartphone application that allows the Chinese to talk to other people on the go, both for reading and posting like Twitter with messages of 140 characters.

The interface allows teams Carnegie to download nearly 57 million messages of Sina Weibo between 27 June and 30 September. After that, they then examined Sina Weibo archive to view deleted. “We can then see which terms are likely to be removed,” said Bamman, March 9, 2012.

As expected, a message that contains criticism of the country’s propaganda will not be tolerated. Interestingly, there is a sensor intended for the public good, such as the spread of false rumors that iodized salt eating, better than the pills of potassium iodide, which protects people from radiation leaks from a nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi.

“What is also interesting is that the message that you would expect have been removed over time-such as Falun Gong or dissidents who are also artists, Ai Weiwe – do not do it every time. This seems to indicate that there is no automatic, removal generally keep going,” said Bamman .

Elimination shows human involvement is high and there is an appropriate approach to the atmosphere.

China also agile sensor mechanism that can turn its attention to the demand troublespots. “This is the most shocking thing that we saw,” said Bamman.

“In Tibet, the overall removal rate of 53%, while 12% in Beijing and 11% in Shanghai,” said the study will be published in the journal next week.

Padraig Reidy, a pressure group index sensor based in London, said the study provides a new explanation on China’s control of information.

“These studies show a natural fact of political censorship in China. While we tend to think of the Communist Party censorship purely in terms of the ‘firewall’-that is blocking external content. We can now see a strong and rapid nature of the internal sensors,” he said.

“This show is very close, real-time, manned monitoring and searching discussion. We know that the Chinese government has hired thousands of people to censor the web. Study proves the seriousness of the project to the regime,” he said.