China’s On-Campus Police Informants

The Chronicle of Higher Education posted an interesting article entitled “Documents Reveal Secrets and Scope of China’s On-Campus Police Informants.”  Basically, it says that the China Digital Times translated and posted an internal document dated in 2005 about university policies recruiting student “spies” that was accidentally put into the public domain.

Here is a quote from the Chronicle of Higher Education post:

At Dezhou University each spy is expected to report “three or more items of valuable security information” each month in exchange for a regular reward, with “a great reward” for especially valuable intelligence. College authorities also offer to improve academic grades and job prospects, promising to “give priority consideration in [sic] the students’ appraisals and political advancements.” Informants must “grasp developments [concerning those who] oppose the social situation,” especially “ethnic separatists, religious extremists, and violent terrorists.”

Here is a link to the China Digital Times (the original source).


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on April 12, 2010, in Censorship, Education, Ethics, Policies, Privacy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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