The Golden Shield Project (Chinese: 金盾工程; pinyin: jīndùn gōngchéng) is a censorship and surveillance project owned by Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China (MPS). It started in 1998, began the process in November of 2003, the first part of the project passed the national inspection on November 16, 2006 in Beijing. According to MPS, it is to construct a communication network and computer information system for police to improve their capability and efficiency.
June 27th, 2006 at 08:11 UTC by Richard Clayton
The Great Firewall of China is an important tool for the Chinese Government in their efforts to censor the Internet. It works, in part, by inspecting web traffic to determine whether or not particular words are present. If the Chinese Government does not approve of one of the words in a web page (or a web request), perhaps it says “f” “a” “l” “u” “n”, then the connection is closed and the web page will be unavailable — it has been censored.