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Beijing's internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), has released information about the algorithms that some of the nation's biggest tech companies use to make their services work. CAC requested information on algorithms last March, when it billed the effort as a way to clean up the internet and let …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Future or The Past?

    When demands are so frequently made to combat objectionable speech and misinformation on the wider Internet, I do wonder if this is the direction those making the demands envision. Will we succumb to the benevolent arrogance that presumes a small portion of society can determine what is right for everyone to read or will China's electronic walls eventually fall like the physical walls of Berlin?

  2. iron Silver badge
    Big Brother

    While I suspect a lot can be hidden in these algorithm descriptions I think this is a good move. It would be nice if Western governments would force the likes of Facebook and Google to reveal the algorithms and data points they use to track, profile, rate, grade and ultimately brand their users.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    We show you ours ... you show us yours ...

    Arguably this has given the Middle Kingdom a slight moral edge over transparency.

  4. tekHedd

    Move along...nothing to like here...

    When a mostly-benign service like Netflix says "we use this vote to give you better recommendations" and you know it really means "to better manipulate your viewing habits" then you *really* have to think twice about what an advertising-first platform with close ties to the government(s) is going to do with your likes. Or the likes *others* make on your content. It feeds paranoia, except if they really *are* out to get you,..

    Thank you for not up- or down-voting this comment. Don't hover too long, your interest will be noted. Slow and steady, like, that's it. There, you've got it!

  5. abstract

    No problem the US can do that too

    Are you kidding?

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