The Cutest New Cops

China's Internet police force has come up with a new way to control Web surfers: adorable cartoon police officers that stand watch at the side of Shenzhen Web sites and bulletin boards--constant reminders that Big Brother is watching. Click on the creatures and you're redirected to a site where you can chat live with a real cop. "People should pay attention to their behavior when they are surfing on the Net," said a senior Chinese official in a statement. The move is ham-handed, amusing and intimidating--though it remains to be seen how seriously the Chinese take the characters. Jesse Ellison

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