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Devangshu Datta: Censorship can be productive

Devangshu Datta / New Delhi May 26, 2007
In April, the Dujiangyan Public Security Bureau (DPSB) in Sichuan Province, Peopleâ™s Republic of China, decided on âœrecruitment of 96 professionals (including 10 women) â˜Skynetâ™ monitor managersâ. âœSkynetâ is the literal translation of a Chinese word that means both the Internet and CCTV-surveillance.

DPSB wants an ethical workforce. Only paragons of virtues need apply. Candidates must (a) be citizens of PRC with citizensâ™ rights; (b) support CPC leaders; love socialism; (c) respect the law, have an upright character, be dedicated to work, and be possessed of a spirit of serving the people.
Devangshu Datta: Censorship can be productive
In April, the Dujiangyan Public Security Bureau (DPSB) in Sichuan Province, Peopleâ™s Republic of China, decided on âœrecruitment of 96 professionals (including 10 women) â˜Skynetâ™ monitor managersâ. âœSkynetâ is the literal translation of a Chinese word that means both the Internet and CCTV-surveillance.
The virtual censor cadre is crucial to maintaining stability in Chinese society, where, you will note, citizens have rights, though it is considered a crime to assert them. While surfing in the PRC, you may see two cute cartoon cops, Jingjing and Chacha, pop up if the URL you typed in is reactionary (which is ominously often). Very politely, you will be told that you really donâ™t want to go there and offered a download of the TLRB instead.
Dujiangyan is a class B town. Censorship offers 90-odd jobs there; there must be at least 5,000 policing Shanghaiâ™s ant-farms.
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