Branding the Chinese Internet Police

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Meet JingJing and Chacha, the adorably cute new faces of the Chinese Internet Police! Visitors to the main portals of Shenzhen city, Guangdong see these as a little reminder that “the Internet is not a place beyond the law.” Not sure whether that’s meant to scare or reassure.

China Digital Times has the story:

Our reporter learned that these are the images of Shenzhen Internet Police, presented by Internet Surveillance Division of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau, for the first time in China.

“The Internet police has existed for a long time. This time we publish the image of Internet Police in the form of a cartoon, the purpose is to let all internet users know that the Internet is not a place beyond of law, the Internet Police will maintain order in all online behaviors,” said Director Chen of the Information Center, Internet Security and Surveillance division, of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau.

(via Rebecca MacKinnon)

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