Skip to main content

CHINA: A censor for the Internet of Things?

Supchina.com

My curiosity was piqued this morning by a headline on CoinDesk, a website that reports on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain: China's government censorship agency is hiring a crypto expert.

The headline somewhat mischaracterizes the identity of the recruiting organization and the nature of the job advertised, although I have repeated the sin above — mea culpa. It is, however, natural to associate cryptocurrency and censorship after recent news stories about #MeToo activists in China using blockchain to dodge censorship.

The recruitment ad itself is interesting. It was published on SAPPRFT.gov.cn (in Chinese):

State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film, and TV (SAPPRFT) was formed by departmental merger in 2013 as the super-regulator in charge of all newswires, newspapers, and magazines, as well as all audio, video, and broadcast media.SAPPRFT’s death was announced (in Chinese) in March this year, when it was again restructured.Most of SAPPRFT’s duties — and its domain name — seem to have remained with the newly formed SART (State Administration of Radio and TV — 国家广播电视总局 guójiā guǎngbò diànshì zǒngjú), which posted the recruitment ad to the SAPPRFT website.Regulation of cinema will apparently fall to the Party’s Publicity (née Propaganda) Bureau, while the Cyberspace Administration of China seems to have become the major regulator for online news and information, but I have not seen any statements clarifying new roles.

SART’s ad does not mention censorship specifically, and given the recent organizational changes, one can only guess at the purpose of the new hires, but this is what we know from the ad:

A research institute affiliated to SART is looking to fill three specialized applied research roles.Big data, Internet of Things (IoT), and cryptography (including blockchain) are the focus areas.Candidates must have a “relatively high ideological and political level”(较高的思想政治水平 jiàogāo de sīxiǎng zhèngzhì shuǐpíng), a master’s degree, and Beijing residency. The first two roles require previous study overseas.

—Jeremy Goldkorn

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Balochistan to establish first medical university

https://www.dawn.com/news/1366135

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentOctober 25, 2017QUETTA: The provincial cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft for establishing a medical university in Balochistan.Health minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch made the announcement while speaking at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.“The cabinet has approved the draft of the medical university which would be presented in the current session of the Balochistan Assembly,” he said, adding with the assembly’s approval the Bolan Medical College would be converted into a medical university.Published in Dawn, October 25th, 2017

5 Shia Hazara community members gunned down in Pakistan

http://m.hindustantimes.com/world-news/5-shia-hazara-community-members-gunned-down-in-pakistan/story-CHWR4lYByRHzf2KjHjMloI.html



Five members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.This is not the first time that members of the Hazara community have been targeted in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.(Reuters File Photo)Updated: Sep 11, 2017 00:20 ISTBy Press Trust of India, Press Trust of India, KarachiFive members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.The gunmen targeted a car in Kuchluck area of Quetta while it was coming from the Chaman border crossing area, police said.The firing took place when the travellers had stopped at a filling station to refuel their vehicle. Five people of the Shia Hazara community, including two women, died in …

China’s 'Digital Silk Road': Pitfalls Among High Hopes

https://thediplomat.com/2017/11/chinas-digital-silk-road-pitfalls-among-high-hopes/


Will information and communication technologies help China realize its Digital Silk Road?By Wenyuan WuNovember 03, 2017In his speech at the opening ceremony of China’s 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping depicted China as a model of scientific and harmonious development for developing nations. Xi’s China wants to engage the world through commerce but also through environmental protection and technological advancement. This includes Beijing’s efforts to fight climate change with information and communication technologies (ICTs) that it plans to export along its “One Belt One Road” initiative (OBOR). Xi may have ambitious plans, but could China be throwing up obstacles in its own way?In his speech, the Chinese president emphasized the need to modernize the country’s environmental protections. The Chinese state is taking an “ecological civilization” approach to development and diplomacy, with a natio…