China Decides Photocopiers Are Evil; At Least If They're In Tibet

from the the-analog-hole-in-the-great-firewall dept

It's widely known that China tries to widely censor political dissent online, but modern technology makes it possible to communicate widely not just on the internet. And, so, it appears that China is also looking to plug the "analog hole" in its Great Firewall -- at least in Tibet. The gov't is so concerned about photocopier machines, that printing and copy shops in Tibet will be required to take down detailed identifying information from everyone who uses the shops.
The authorities in Tibet apparently see printing and photocopying shops as potential channels through which unrest can spread. One Chinese print shop operator in Lhasa, who is of the majority Han ethnicity rather than Tibetan, said that her husband had been summoned to a meeting last week on the new requirements.

"You know sometimes people print documents in the Tibetan language, which we don't understand," said the woman, who gave her last name as Wu. "These might be illegal pamphlets."
While some suggest that China's censorship efforts are working well, when you get down to the level of trying to prevent people from making photocopies, it makes you wonder just how desperate the government is getting in trying to prevent any kind of speech it doesn't want... and reinforces just how impossible a task it is to censor people in this manner.


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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 11:13am

    Hee hee, plug the analog hole.

    Bet some porn filters will catch this :p

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 11:26am

    Stop capitalizing every word in your titles! Please!

     

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      Dark Helmet (profile), May 24th, 2010 @ 11:28am

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      And stop taking the orange book so literally. It was published almost twenty years ago!

      ;)

       

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      Mike Masnick (profile), May 24th, 2010 @ 11:31am

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      Stop capitalizing every word in your titles! Please!


      I answered you on Friday when you pointed this out. That's part of our style guide and has been since we started. We like it that way.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 11:40am

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      Why?
      If They Wish To Capitalize Every Word, They're Allowed To.
      When You Buy Them Out And Own Them, Then You Can Enforce Your Will On How They Publish Their Articles.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, May 25th, 2010 @ 5:35am

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      Eh? You are supposed to capitalise every word in a title except for small words. The only place I see this rule ignored (for no reason whatsoever other than "because") tends to be scientific papers.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 11:26am

    Stop capitalizing every word in your titles! Please!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 11:30am

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      Stop Adding Exclamation Points To The End Of Each Sentence!
      Please!

       

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      Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 1:20pm

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      anD bE glAD THEy aREn't JUst RANdOMLY chooSINg wHAT to CAPiTALize

      Maybe if you buy the $100M silence techdirt for a year you can negotiate just having them edit their editing rules

       

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    xs (profile), May 24th, 2010 @ 11:35am

    How is that different from NSA or Homeland security asking Google to turn over information about web searches conducted by suspected terrorists?

     

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      Amdo Tibet (profile), May 26th, 2010 @ 3:07pm

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      The difference is that China is declaring all Tibetans to be "suspected terrorists." This new photocopying "rule" (if you can call it that) applies *only* in Tibet.

      Let's say NSA required all web searches by black Americans to be turned over - that would be closer to an equivalent.

      This is government-sponsored racism, worsening daily. How soon before Tibetans have to wear armbands identifying them as Tibetan? How soon until the PLA throws up its version of the Warsaw ghetto in Lhasa? At what point does the world scream, "Stop!"?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 1:27pm

    i have to wonder how long the us government would tolerate the militia types using mailboxes etc to bang off 1000 copies of "how to bomb a federal building".

    mike, honestly, dont go commenting on stuff you dont understand. china is not your forte.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, May 25th, 2010 @ 8:39am

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      No one is arguing that the government should tolerate people using technology for violent purposes. Cars can be use for violent purposes. That's no reason to ban cars too.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, May 25th, 2010 @ 8:41am

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        and should everyone who buys a kitchen knife be required to register with the government first or for each seller to keep records of who buys what knives? Or who buys a propane tank? That would seem to make more sense than requiring everyone who makes a copy of something to be required to keep records.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 1:49pm

    really?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 1:50pm

    really?

    "it makes you wonder just how desperate the government is getting in trying to prevent any kind of speech it doesn't want... "

    do you really wonder?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 2:38pm

    WHY SHOULD I

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 2:38pm

    IS IT MESS YOUR DATA MINING SOFTWARE UP

    DAMN THAT SUXORZ

     

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    TAMINATOR, May 24th, 2010 @ 2:41pm

    awww #9

    POOR BABY
    YOU CANT GET PEOPLE ON THE NET TO DO WHAT YOU WANT
    YOU HAVE NO POWER TO TELL ME OR OTHERS WHAT AND HOW TO DO STUFF
    AWWWWW

    POOR TAM
    hes losing it again

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2010 @ 2:46pm

    I eagerly await Bono's endorsement of China's clampdown on the evil copying machine.

     

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    Big Al, May 24th, 2010 @ 3:41pm

    Not Again...

    Mike, stop publishing articles like this. You're giving the Australian government ideas...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 25th, 2010 @ 12:33am

    It's written in the law that publishing companies can't print things that violates certain terms in law, and photocopying is just a form of printing.

    I'm fairly certain that Chinese government also excert tight and strict control on those fast and/or high capacity printing/photocopying machines for a long time.

    IMO there's nothing really special about that.

     

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    Confucius, May 25th, 2010 @ 3:49am

    Chinese censorship.

    The handwriting is on the wall, folks. Chinese (Communism, socialism, Marxist-Leninism, call it what you will) is doomed.

    The next step will be similar to the SS flying squads who roamed the streets of Berlin in April, 1945, hanging their own soldiers from lamp posts for desertion or cowardice, real or imagined.

    And now you have the rise of a very restless Chinese middle class. Plus a gigantic army

    It's gonna get real ugly, real soon over there, and nobody will be ready for it.

     

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    OnlineConnect, Aug 11th, 2010 @ 5:21pm

    Maybe Typewriters will be banned next. It seems very heavy handed to me.

     

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