Feeds

China deploys virtual coppers

Prowling the net for 'illicit' activity

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

China has announced it will this Saturday send out two virtual coppers to patrol all Beijing-based news portals, websites and online forums as part of the Communist state's ongoing war against "illicit" net activity, Reuters reports.

According to China Daily, the male and female officers "will appear either on motorcycles, in a car or on foot, at the bottom of users' computer screens every 30 minutes to remind them of internet security". An official from Beijing municipal public security bureau explained: "They will be on the watch for websites that incite secession, promote superstition, gambling and fraud."

Quite how the pair will enforce the law is not clear, but the paper said that "users could click on the pop-up icons to link to an internet surveillance centre where infractions could be reported".

The e-plod are the latest cunning Chinese plan to purge the internet of subversive material. Back in April, the authorities announced a six month crackdown on net pornography targetting "cyber strip shows and sexually explicit images, stories and audio and video clips". The campaign was launched after China's top Red, Hu Jintao, pledged to "purify the internet environment".

The powers that be reckon they've had some success. China Youth Daily reports that around 40 online smut novels and related websites had been "blacklisted" for "damaging young people's hearts".

In Beijing, meanwhile, the municipal public security bureau's internet surveillance centre reported the detection of 128,000 web pages containing pornographic content and the closure of 244 sites. The centre's deputy chief, Zhao Hongzhi, admitted: "We have achieved visible results in recent months but there is still a long way to go."

In the end, this "long way" may be considerably further than the authorities imagine. As Reuters puts it, despite a "vast system of filters and tens of thousands of internet monitors employed to wipe out salacious content and ideas contrary to Communist ideology, pornography is rife". ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC
And ISPs should nab 'em on our behalf
Former Bitcoin Foundation chair pleads guilty to money-laundering charge
Charlie Shrem plea deal could still get him five YEARS in chokey
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.