30, August, 2007 1 Comment
A pair of cute cops will start to patrol China’s cyberspace from 1 Sep. One male, and one female, they will pop up every half hour on 13 of China’s top portals to remind users that they are being monitored, and that they should avoid undesirable materials such as profanity, porn and piracy.
They will also give tips on Internet security, as they walk, cycle or drive across the screen.
Beijing hopes that the cartoon pair will help to rein in the world’s second largest population of about 137 million Internet users.
We all know how governments are starting to grapple with problems arising from online use, and we also know how hard it is to police or censor the Internet. We also know that China is known for monitoring its media closely. No doubt, the fluid and open nature of the Internet has been a tough challenge for the Chinese authorities.
But, who would have thought that the solution they have come up with is a pair of very cute, and very cartoon-y cops!
Whether the pair is able to arrest the undesirable elements that reside in the Chinese cyberspace remains to be seen.
I don’t know about you, but frankly, I imagine I’d be more amused than scared when these guys pop up on my cyberspace. Can anyone imagine a cuter pair of piracy and porn-busters?!
What do you think?