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China Internet Censorship Index – Scoring Chinese Internet Freedom

July 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Amnesty International’s campaign for China to set a ‘New Human Rights Record’ is gaining momentum in the run-up to the Olympics.

The NGO is scoring Chinese internet freedom via an index (see below). 100% represents total internet freedom, the current figure is just above 30%. This is from the Amnesty CICI website:

“This chart shows recent changes in the Chinese Internet Censorship Index (CICI) value. Values less than 100% shows that sites are being blocked in China (but not outside of China). Lower values indicate more censorship — we’re aiming to get China 100% censorship-free!

So how is this all measured? Thousands of people visiting China during 2008 are registered to participate in the index testing. They receive an email of secret, anonymous links to an Amnesty-run testing site, which allows Amnesty to see what sites are being blocked. Amnesty assures volunteers that the sites in the tests are “ones which a tourist or journalist would feasibly want to access in China”.

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