RT Journal Article
JF IEEE Internet Computing
YR 2013
VO 17
SP 42
TI Assessing Censorship on Microblogs in China: Discriminatory Keyword Analysis and the Real-Name Registration Policy
A1 Michael Chau,
A1 Chung-hong Chan,
A1 King-wa Fu,
K1 Internet
K1 China
K1 Government policies
K1 Blogs
K1 Electronic mail
K1 Information filtering
K1 Access control
K1 Weibo
K1 Internet censorship
K1 China
K1 Real-Name Registration
K1 microblogging
AB The authors investigated censorship practices and the use of microblogs—or weibos, in Chinese—using 111 million microblogs collected between 1 January and 30 June 2012. To better control for alternative explanations for censorship decisions attributable to an individual's characteristics and choices, they used a matched case-control study design to determine a list of Chinese terms that discriminate censored and uncensored posts written by the same microbloggers. This list includes homophones and puns created by Chinese microbloggers to circumvent the censors successfully. The study's design also made it possible to evaluate the real-name registration system's impact on microbloggers' posting activities. Findings suggest that the new policy might have stopped some microbloggers from writing about social and political subjects.
PB IEEE Computer Society, [URL:http://www.computer.org]
SN 1089-7801
LA English
DO 10.1109/MIC.2013.28
LK http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2013.28