China Labour bulletin has an interesting-because-boring translation of a China Youth Daily interview with the psudonymous Li Ming, a chap just starting out as a civil servant in China, where he works handling local government PR. The first takeout is that life at the bottom of the coroprate communications totem pole seems to be pretty much the same everywhere.. The second is that the current anti-corruption campaign seems to filter down to the lower reaches as bog standard employer cost control.
But then there's this:
Li Ming has to login to the official website at work before he can browse the Internet. All members of staff have an official website account and a fixed IP address. Playing games, shopping, watching videos and investing in stocks during working hours are all banned and offenders will be subject to varying degrees of punishment. If you go to a shopping website, the time spent on that site will be logged by the office administrator but if you invest in stocks, play games, or watch videos, that will be reported to your supervisors and you will be punished accordingly. If you need to buy something online, you must first inform your supervisor, and once the purchase is approved, it will be recorded by the discipline inspection commission.
Monitoring workplace internet use is pretty familiar too. Except that over here, it would be monitored by sysads reporting to the HR department, while over there it's subject to the Discipline Inspectors - the people who can make you vanish without trace for an unlimited period of time for reasons they do not need to disclose. Thus the daily grind in the world's foremost modern dictatorship