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Article: Assessing Censorship on Microblogs in China: Discriminatory Keyword Analysis and the Real-Name Registration Policy

TitleAssessing Censorship on Microblogs in China: Discriminatory Keyword Analysis and the Real-Name Registration Policy
Authors
KeywordsChina
Internet censorship
Microblogging
Real-Name Registration
Weibo
Issue Date2013
PublisherIEEE. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.computer.org/internet
Citation
IEEE Internet Computing, 2013, v. 17 n. 3, p. 42-50 How to Cite?
AbstractThe 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.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/183851
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2017 Impact Factor: 1.929
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.833
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dc.contributor.authorFu, KW-
dc.contributor.authorChan, C-
dc.contributor.authorChau, MCL-
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-18T04:20:37Z-
dc.date.available2013-06-18T04:20:37Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationIEEE Internet Computing, 2013, v. 17 n. 3, p. 42-50-
dc.identifier.issn1089-7801-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/183851-
dc.description.abstractThe 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.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherIEEE. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.computer.org/internet-
dc.relation.ispartofIEEE Internet Computing-
dc.rightsIEEE Internet Computing. Copyright © IEEE.-
dc.subjectChina-
dc.subjectInternet censorship-
dc.subjectMicroblogging-
dc.subjectReal-Name Registration-
dc.subjectWeibo-
dc.titleAssessing Censorship on Microblogs in China: Discriminatory Keyword Analysis and the Real-Name Registration Policy-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailFu, KW: kwfu@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChau, MCL: mchau@business.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityFu, KW=rp00552-
dc.identifier.authorityChau, MCL=rp01051-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1109/MIC.2013.28-
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dc.identifier.hkuros214931-
dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issue3-
dc.identifier.spage42-
dc.identifier.epage50-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000318142800007-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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