Good Luck With That


The Times of India is reporting that, according to a China-based weekly, China has formed "a special force of undercover online commentators" to pepper the internet with pro-government posts:

"They will guide public opinion as ordinary netizens. This is both important and effective," Ma Zhichun, one of the recruited commentators, was quoted as saying….

The Communist Party's top disciplinary and supervision body trained 127 officials for such jobs last year to "strengthen Internet propaganda on its anti-corruption undertaking," the weekly said.

China has 100 million internet users and, by some estimates, half a million bloggers.

Whole thing here.
Wired profile of Chinese blog empire-builder here.
Julian Sanchez unmasks an "undercover online commentator" here.