Your friendly internet police

News brief on the Great Firewall of China from RConversation. The internet police Jingjing_1Chachaof Shenzhen now, as they fly on manhole covers, a "face" to go with the name. The Chinese "Big Brother" and "Big Sister" of the Cyberworld would look out of the place in the Matrix, but not in China. Check out the details.

Probably the only interesting perceptual change on information communications technology is that having a "face" makes the threat or intimidation that much more real. Anytime something is branded, you further its recognition. Will they make these characters into avatars for the massive multiplayer games? Will Chinese gold harvesters see one of these soon?