Watching the Watchers



The Irish Times reports:

CHINA’S TOP surveillance tsar has been has been arrested for taking bribes and framing a business rival, a move that has inspired and gratified both local bloggers and foreign journalists used to stultifying censorship regulations, and prompted questions at senior levels of the Communist Party about how the “Great Firewall of China” is enforced.

Unfortunately, the article itself has some of the typical nonsense seen in many articles about surveillance in China such as:

But China has tens of thousands of “net nannies”, who read every e-mail, web posting or search for “Dalai Lama”, and they are a huge impediment to reporting in China.

I wish they’d think about what “read every e-mail” means.

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