China turns its firewall into a points system

China is now running its microblogs on a point structure, rewarding points to good sentiment about the state and decreasing points for state criticism. Zero points equals a dead account.

By controlling the Internet, China is creating the type of closed environment that will lead to a rise in modern Chinese Muckrakers. And Ai Weiwei will be the face of the movement.

When Twitter broke a censorship deal with the Chinese government this January Weiwei responded “If Twitter Censors I’ll Leave.”

Just yesterday a Chinese man killed himself to protest his son’s death in Tiananmen Square while the former mayor of Beijing denied responsibility for the massacre.

China now has 1 billion mobile users, double than the US and Japan combined.  In the age of hackers and IP workarounds, dissent seems uncontrollable.

Undoubtedly, the Chinese people will get louder with China’s policy of Internet containment.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.