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The Chinese Government is Building a State-controlled Wikipedia

The Chinese Government is Building a State-controlled Wikipedia

Dave Gilbert reporting for Vice News:

"The Chinese government is recruiting 20,000 people to create an online encyclopedia that will be the country’s own, China-centric version of Wikipedia, or as one official put it, like “a Great Wall of culture.”

"Known as the “Chinese Encyclopedia,” the country’s national encyclopedia will go online for the first time in 2018, and the government has employed tens of thousands of scholars from universities and research institutes who will contribute articles in more than 100 disciplines. The end result will be a knowledge base with more than 300,000 entries, each of which will be about 1,000 words long."

This is a massive and expensive undertaking, and it shows how highly the Chinese Government values control over the media its citizens consume. Wikipedia has been blocked in China since 2015.

Read on Vice News.

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