Jan 22 2009

China’s Nanny Net, GFW and SEM

Published by at 5:45 am under Censorship

Good article on the trinity that makes up China’s censorship system.

Man gave names to all the animals, and let’s give clear names to these ones too so that we can avoid further confusion. China’s Censorship system is composed of: the Net Nanny, the Great Firewall (GFW), and the Search Engines Manipulation (SEM). Note the important difference between the three, which can be summarized as follows:


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  1. jumperon 22 Jan 2009 at 7:09 am

    Interesting article. I’ve been following chinayouren for a while now.

    I think a lot of casual TDV readers may think of the GFW as a single centrally managed device or system. This article does a good job of explaining that it isn’t just one product or tool but a collection of processes.

    One additional thought is that the GFW is decentralized and inconsistently implemented. What is blocked in Beijing may not be blocked in Guangdong.

    For readers that want to test the SEM for themselves, try “零八憲章” in baidu.cn, google.cn and finally google.com to see the difference. Baidu.cn gives no indication of why the site was blocked. Google.cn gives a standard disclaimer indicating that there may have been blocked sites due to local laws. Google.com shows all of the results. “零八憲章” is Charter Eight – a call for democracy and reform in the PRC.