Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Big Brother has a sister and they are both cartoon characters

Chinese cartoon thought police
It seems the Red Chinese have drafted a couple of anime kids to remind Chinese web surfers that Big Brother is always watching:

Police in China's capital said Tuesday they will start patrolling the Web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user's browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content.
That ought to be good for some laughs.

Starting Sept. 1, the cartoon alerts will appear every half hour on 13 of China's top portals, including Sohu and Sina, and by the end of the year will appear on all Web sites registered with Beijing servers, the Beijing Public Security Ministry said in a statement.
That's a little unclear, but depending on how they are doing it, the kiddie thought police could be superimposed on all Web sites visible in Red China.
The animated police appeared designed to startle Web surfers and remind them that authorities closely monitor Web activity. However, the statement did not say whether there were plans to boost monitoring further.

The male and female cartoon officers, designed for the ministry by Sohu, will offer a text warning to surfers to abide by the law and tips on Internet security as they move across the screen in a virtual car, motorcycle or on foot, it said.
China stringently polices the Internet for material and content that the ruling Communist Party finds politically or morally threatening. Despite the controls, nudity, profanity, illegal gambling and pirated music, books and film have proliferated on Chinese Internet servers.
I'm shocked, I tell ya! Shocked!
"We will continue to promote new images of the virtual police and update our Internet security tips in an effort to make the image of the virtual police more user friendly and more in tune with how web surfers use the Internet," it said.
How about this one? That ought to do the trick. Then again, maybe not.

Tiananmen Square Hero