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Issue No. 03 - May-June (2013 vol. 17)
ISSN: 1089-7801
pp: 52-59
Byron J. Gao , Texas State University
David Buttler , Lawrence Livermore National Lab
David C. Anastasiu , Texas State University
Shuaiqiang Wang , Texas State University
Peng Zhang , Texas State University
Joey Jan , Texas State University
The authors investigated the use of microblogs—or weibos—and related censorship practices using 111 million microblogs collected between 1 January and 30 June 2012. Using a matched case-control study design helped researchers determine a list of Chinese terms that discriminate censored and uncensored posts written by the same microbloggers. This list includes homophones and puns created by Chinese microbloggers to circumvent the censors successfully. The study's design also allowed for evaluating the new real-name registration system's impact on microbloggers' posting activities. Findings suggest that this policy might have stopped some microbloggers from writing about social and political subjects.
Blogs, Government policies, Law, Information filtering, Search methods, Web search, Collaboration, Information retrieval, Interfaces, Mass collaboration, Search result organization, User interface, Personalization

P. Zhang, S. Wang, D. C. Anastasiu, D. Buttler, B. J. Gao and J. Jan, "User-Centric Organization of Search Results," in IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 17, no. , pp. 52-59, 2013.
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