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"The Myth of Security Under Camera Surveillance"


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    BBC News: China employs two million microblog monitors state media say

    BBC News reports that China is employing 2 million people to monitor online activity:

    More than two million people in China are employed by the government to monitor web activity, state media say, providing a rare glimpse into how the state tries to control the internet.

    The Beijing News says the monitors, described as internet opinion analysts, are on state and commercial payrolls. China’s hundreds of millions of web users increasingly use microblogs to criticise the state or vent anger. [...]

    [The monitors] are “strictly to gather and analyse public opinions on microblog sites and compile reports for decision-makers”, [the Beijing News] said. It also added details about how some of these monitors work. [...]

    The reports says the software used in the office is even more advanced and supported by thousands of servers. It also monitors websites outside China.

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