Since China was connected to internet, it's government looked for the ways to police what its citizens use it for. Gradually, it has built a system that is often referred to as the "Great Firewall of China". Major services that people in the Weatern hemisphere take for granted, such as Google and Facebook, are blocked within Chinese borders. Although China has equivalent services, such as Renren as the most popular social network and Baidu as the main search engine.
As well as restricting access to any websites that criticise Chinese government or facilitate free speech, the government has developed a weapon to shut the most persistent anti-government websites down. Known as the "Great Cannon", the system is capable of launching DDoS attacks on any web resources that the Chinese government deems to be dangerous to its existence.
However, as China is still physically connected to the global internet infrastructure, the most technically-savvy of its citizens found ways to access forbidden content from around the world. One of such methods is VPN. This is what prompted Chinese government to announce a crackdown on VPN usage. Under the new proposal, users of a VPN would need to officially justify the need for it and obtain a license, effectively blocking ordinary citizens from being able to use it.
As VPN is not only used to access restricted content, but is also used by international corporations to access business-critical networks, major companies have already voiced opposition to the proposal. Therefore, to what extent this censorship proposal will be implemented, remains to be seen.
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Published by Mobile Tech Tracker
Posted on 27 Jan 2017