notes an AP story on a new initiative by the police in Beijing to put a visible police presence on the screens of Chinese citizens
. Starting Sept. 1, little animated cop figures
will wander across the displays of users of a baker's dozen of Chinese Web portals. The program is set to expand by year's end to all sites "registered with Beijing servers," according to the report. The point of the anime-like figures seems to be to remind citizens that their Web usage is being monitored, not to actually implement any further monitoring themselves.