That same year the "Golden Shield project" was started.
The first part of the project lasted eight years and was completed in 2006. On 6 December 2002, 300 people in charge of the Golden Shield project from 31 provinces and cities throughout China participated in a four-day inaugural "Comprehensive Exhibition on Chinese Information System".
At the exhibition, many western high-tech products including Internet security, video monitoring and human face recognition were purchased.
According to Amnesty International, around 30,000–50,000 internet police are employed to enforce Chinese internet laws.
Internet censorship in China is extreme due to a wide variety of laws and administrative regulations.