China gamifies censorship and surveillance with national internet law quiz

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China has introduced a program designed to make propaganda fun – an online knowledge competition that poses questions about the rules of proper socialist internet use and other cyber matters.

Late last week, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) outlined the topics for the quiz, which focus on current "hot topics" and laws and ideals it feels need publicizing.

"The content of the competition covers dozens of laws and regulations in the internet field such as Xi Jinping's thoughts on the rule of law, the constitution, the civil code, the cyber security law, the data security law, the personal information protection law, and the regulations on the internet protection of minors," announced the CAC (via machine translation).

This is not the first year for the quiz, which the CAC refers to as a "national internet laws and regulations knowledge cloud competition." However, the 2023 version is billed as improving on previous years by providing "richer, more comprehensive and more accurate learning content."

Chinese state media claimed that on the first day of the program 450,000 residents of the Middle Kingdom applied to be part of the competition and 1.42 million questions were answered. The competition carries on throughout the month of December.

"By participating in answering questions, everyone has a deeper understanding and understanding of internet laws and regulations, which will help to further improve network security awareness, enhance the ability to surf the internet in accordance with laws and regulations, and jointly create a clear cyberspace," enthused state-sponsored media.

Hebei Province, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and Shaanxi Province are reportedly ranked among the top three areas with respondents to the quiz. ®

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