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16 February 2006

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by Rebecca MacKinnon,

a recovering TV reporter-turned-blogger.

[Vleeptron thinks she's recovering very nicely. Next time try newspapers.]

Meet "Jingjing" and "Chacha"-
your friendly Chinese internet police!

Seriously, this is not a joke. These cartoon web cops named "JIngjing" and "Chacha" (the word "jing cha" means "police" in Chinese) will apparently be patrolling websites originating in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

According to the respected China news blog, China Digital Times, the Beijing Youth Daily reported the story via Chinese e-Governance Net (translated from the Chinese by CDT). Read the CDT for the whole thing, but here are some choice excerpts:


Starting today, when netizens visit all the main portals of Shenzhen city, Guangdong, they will see two cartoon figures "Jingjing" and "Chacha" (Jing Cha = Police). The image of Shenzhen Internet Police will officially be online. From now on, when netizens visit websites and web forums of Shenzhen, they will see these two cartoon police images floating on their screen. Our reporter learned that these are the images of Shenzhen Internet Police, presented by Internet Surveillance Division of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau, for the first time in China.

While the Jingjing and Chacha will be linked to instant messaging accounts where netizens can get questions answered about internet security, their real purpose is intimidation, authorities admit. According to the Public Security official interviewed by the Beijing Youth Daily, their real function is to remind internet users that the Chinese police are watching people online no differently than offliine. In other words: don't do anything online that you wouldn't do in a physical public place in China! The article continues:

"The main function of Jingjing and Chacha is to intimidate, not to answer questions," our reporter was told by officials in charge of The Internet Security and Surveillance Division of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau. The Internet has been always monitored by police, the significance of Jingjing and Chacha's appearence is to publicly remind all netizens to be conscious of safe and healthy use of the Internet, self-regulate their online behavior, and maintain harmonious Internet order together.


There you have it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

bob how's it goin? nice post, kind of Lore's borgs in china-- the idea of infinite potential for disconnection in the internet can be a frightening thing. note: trillions of pieces of discrete data, all available at a search, hundred's of thousands of people's personal data, a million different ways to just to make a cup of soup, literally the distopia where everybody gets exactly their own way like in douglas adam's later hitchhiker's guide. Yes, the internet is dangerously discrete data, but it's also possible that the harmony espoused by the chinese... well, you know... somebody else's harmony is no substitute for your own favorite state of being. i wonder if the award for national chinese capability (for an individual in a supporting role) goes to sagacity.
~ben nicotera
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From Descent, Part I

This Borg disconnected himself
from the others. He would not let
me hear his thoughts.

Lore doesn't get angry, but shakes his head as if he is
sorrowful that someone would do such a thing.

(to Goval)
I've asked you all to remain
linked to Crosis at all times.
You know that, don't you?


This is the third time he has
disabled the link since he was
brought here. He should die as an
example to the others.

No -- please --

STAR TREK: "Descent, Part II" - 6/24/93 - ACT TWO 22.


Lore holds up a hand to stop Crosis.

I appreciate your vigilance,
Crosis. With you monitoring the
thoughts of the others, I can be
sure they are not falling into

Lore looks Crosis in the eye as he says this; he knows
how to make his followers feel special and important.

But Goval has not been with us
long. Don't you remember what it
was like when I first found you?
How bewildered you were?

Crosis can't deny it. Lore turns to Goval.

I understand how difficult it is
for you. How uncertain you feel.
All these sensations are new --
and they can be frightening.
Isn't that right?

Goval responds to Lore's ability to tap into his

Yes. I -- have doubts...

Of course you do. That's only
natural. And no one is going to
blame you for that.

Goval is becoming more relaxed.

But the only way to lose those
doubts... to keep you from fear
and confusion... is for you to
stay linked with the others. So
their strength and confidence can
help you.

STAR TREK: "Descent, Part II" - REV. 6/24/93 - ACT TWO 23.


He approaches Goval, puts his hand on his shoulder.

I need you, Goval. I need you to
help me build a future for the

Lore looks into his eyes -- drawing him in, making him
feel special.

I can't do it without you. Will
you help me?

Goval has never been the object of this kind of
attention -- and from Lore, no less, the leader
everyone looks up to.

Yes... I will...

Then I need you to be strong. I
need you to be certain in your
thinking. Will you stay linked to
your brothers?

Yes. I understand now.

Lore turns and smiles at Crosis, pleased that he's been
able to solidify yet another follower.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

heh, part II actually...


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