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This chart shows recent changes in the Chinese Internet Censorship Index (CICI) value. Values less than 100% shows that sites are being blocked in China (but not outside of China). Lower values indicate more censorship — we're aiming to get China 100% censorship-free!
What is CICI?
CICI (pronounced chi-chi) is one of three online gadgets created by Amnesty International Australia as part of a campaign for human rights and specifically for an end to internet repression in China.
The CICI measures the level of Internet Censorship in China from tests to selected websites and reporting the results.
During the build up to the Beijing Olympic Games, some websites which were previously inaccessible, have become wholly or partly accessible. The CICI will test these and other sites throughout the Olympic Games and until the end of 2008, to monitor and report on changes in internet censorship in China. Amnesty International will use the information collected to pressure the Chinese authorities so they don't revert to their former ways.
Get involved, and help end internet Censorship in China.
Everyone with a website, blog or Facebook profile can get involved by displaying a CICI badge on their website, blog or profile. You can get your badge here.
If you are traveling to China during the Olympics or in 2008 you can register to become a CICI Tester. Amnesty International relies on the support of volunteers, and becoming a CICI tester is a great way you can help. If you are intending to use the Internet in China, this task simply involves testing access to specific websites and reporting on the results. The sites chosen for testing are ones which a tourist or journalist would feasibly want to access in China. Amnesty International believes that participating in these tests presents no risk to visitors to China.
Examples of sites in the CICI test
These sites have been reported as being blocked by Chinese authorities in the past. The subject matter ranges from "sensitive" topics, such as the Tiananmen Square protests, Falun Gong and Taiwan and Tibetan independence, to more general sites such as BBC news, Facebook, and human rights organisations such as Amnesty International.
- Party for Freedom and Democracy (http://www.freechina.net/pfdc/)
- Falun Dafa (http://www.falundafa.org/)
- Time.com: Falun Gong (http://www.time.com/time/asia/features/falun_gong/)
- Amnesty International Australia (http://www.amnesty.org.au)
- Human Rights in China (http://www.hrichina.org/)
- Passion of the Present (http://www.passionofthepresent.org/)
- BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk)
- Epoch Times (http://en.epochtimes.com/index12.html)
- Voice of America (http://www.voanews.com)
- Speech on Taiwan (http://www.wufi.org.tw/eng/chnamyth.htm)
- Fill the Square (http://www.fillthesquare.org/)
- Tiananmen Mothers (http://www.tiananmenmother.org/)
- Wikipedia: Tiananmen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989)
* Politically sensitive topic in China
(Note: The views held by these sites are not necessarily endorsed by Amnesty International)
More info about The CICI and how it works
For all the under-the-bonnet information about the CICI, take a look at our methodology document. If you want to use the test results in your own software, we have a REST API — please get in touch to arrange access.
Amnesty International Australia thanks WebsitePulse, who have kindly allowed the use of their China-based automatic website testing servers for use in the CICI project.