China Looks To Build Human Firewall With Fun, Prizes

from the snitching-pays dept

China’s experiment with crowdsourcing internet propaganda — in which it reportedly pays people 50 cents for each positive post they make about the government or its policies — must be going well. The government there is now looking to engage citizens’ help in purging the internet of porn and other undesirable content by giving people rewards for reporting porn sites. This follows the government’s push to get search engines to try and prevent people in China from accessing porn by threatening them with punishment if they don’t. While China’s “Great Firewall” does manage to block a lot of content, it certainly isn’t foolproof. And if people can find ways around it to discuss contaminated milk, one has to imagine that this latest hurdle won’t prove too difficult for porn fans to navigate.

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