Boy Scouts Told To Act As Copyright Police In Hong Kong
from the report-on-your-friends! dept
China is no stranger to using youngsters to monitor the internet. A few months ago, there was a story about students at school who spent their spare time monitoring online forums and reporting anything questionable to the authorities. Over in Hong Kong, it appears they're trying to apply a similar tactic to online copyright issues. The local Boy Scouts and various other youth groups are (at the urging of the government) instructing their members to surf the internet and report any unauthorized use of content. The kids get a private website that they can log into to report any offending content directly to the police, who will then decide whether to turn it over to the entertainment industry. This is raising some eyebrows in Hong Kong from people who aren't entirely comfortable with children policing online content. However, in the end, it appears the thing that might doom the program the most is simply the fact that it isn't particularly "cool" to rat out your friends for sharing some music. A student in the article admits to being teased by his friends -- and it's apparently a big enough concern that officials are trying to organize an event with famous movie and music stars. Meeting famous people is cool... but it's still not clear that it will make it any cooler to rat out your friends.