Menu
Report: Beijing allocates $18.6M for cyber-monitoring

Report: Beijing allocates $18.6M for cyber-monitoring

Beijing's Public Security Bureau (PSB) will spend 80 million renminbi ($18.6 million) to upgrade its online monitoring capabilities, the Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

Called the Golden Shield Project, the Chinese capital's PSB signed a contract Sunday with Qinghua University for a digital wide-band network to be built by mid-2002, the report said. The network will be "used to store data concerning suspects, anti-smuggling, (finger) print comparison, bullet mark diagnosis and DNA searches," the report said.

The report also stated that the network "will enable the police to carry out online monitoring and long-distance training."

The announcement represents a rare admission by China that it monitors online content consumed and created by its citizens. China has arrested and sentenced so-called "cyber-dissidents" to prison terms for posting material critical of the government on the Internet.

In mid-August, Internet publisher Huang Qi was tried for uploading material about the June 4, 1989, crackdown on student-led pro-democracy demonstrations to his Sichuan province-based Web site. A verdict has not been announced.

Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are known to have active cyber-crime units, based on Chinese newspaper and media reports.

Just three days prior to the Qinghua-PSB deal's announcement, The New York Times reported that an US Central Intelligence Agency-backed was in advanced discussions to develop a network that would allow Chinese Internet users to circumvent Chinese government Web censorship efforts.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments