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Monday, January 18, 2010

Shanghai targeted in China phone porn crackdown

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100118/tc_afp/chinatelecompornography



AFP/File – Mobile phones on display at a shop in China. Mobile users in Shanghai caught sending dirty short messages.

The what: Mobile users in Shanghai caught sending dirty short messages, photos or videos by phone could have their numbers cancelled as part of China's crackdown on pornography, state media reported Monday.


China is fighting a loosing battle yet again. No sexting allowed? People have sent sexual messages of all sorts since there have been messages.

However, I'm content to let the Chinese officials learn this mistake the hard way. Such seems to be the norm over there.

My concern arises in the false positives, and I cannot help but think that the situation with the Chinese language is little different than the situation we face.

Words carry different meanings depending on the context. A computer looking for naughty words is going to flag many innocent messages as naughty, and with China's population, that going to be a lot of messages to review, and we know that means the review will be slim and none.

People will be facing discipline based in the charges of a machine. There's just has to be a Twilight Zone episode in there somewhere.


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