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Researchers reverse-engineering China’s online censorship methods reveal government’s deepest concerns

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Posted August 25, 2014
Researchers reverse-engineering China’s online censorship methods reveal government’s deepest concerns
The Chinese censorship decision tree. The pictures shown are examples of real (and typical) websites, along with our translations. Credit: Science 22 August 2014: Vol. 345 no. 6199. DOI: 10.1126/science.1251722

A trio of researchers, two from Harvard University and one from the University of California has used two broad techniques to better understand how online censorship works in China. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they set up their own Chinese web site in one part of their study and engaged in massive posting in the other, and what they learned as a result. Mara Hvistendahl offers an in depth perspective piece on the work by the trio in the same journal issue.

In the first part of the study, the researchers set up a  web  that allowed visitors to post comments about a wide range of topics. The site was created using Chinese addressing, hosting services, , etc., making it a truly Chinese site. The team even ordered the same software that other site owners use to censor posts, which allowed for study of criteria used for automatic blocking of posts.

Read more at: Phys.org

 

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