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.”
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.