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Chinese encyclopaedia censors itself

Thought police
Fri May 12 2006, 08:21
BAIDU has decided a Chinese encyclopaedia called Baidupedia, has software which prevents anyone writing anything that the government would not like to hear.

According to New Scientist, the site is modelled on the banned Wikipedia, but uses a filtering system before content is added to the site.

The FAQ says that Baidupedia bars users from including any "malicious evaluation of the current national system", any "attack on government institutions", and prevents the "promotion of a dispirited or negative view of life".

Baidu's chairman and chief executive Robin Li said that the reaction to the filtered Wikipedia had been positive and it will become the most authoritative one for any Chinese users.

So far no one has explained how it works and who will get shipped off to a Chinese prison if it doesn't.

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