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Internet Censorship In China : The Great Firewall

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posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 07:22 AM

Internet censorship in China ..
is extreme due to a wide variety of laws and administrative regulations. More than sixty Internet regulations have been created by the government of China, which have been implemented by provincial branches of state-owned ISPs, companies, and organizations.[1][2]

The apparatus of China's Internet control is considered more extensive and more advanced than in any other country in the world

.[3] The governmental authorities not only block website content but also monitor the Internet access of individuals;

[4] such measures have attracted the derisive nickname "The Great Firewall of China."

The size of the Chinese Internet police force was reported by the state government to be 2 million in 2013.[8]

Basic Chinese Internet Law:

No unit or individual may use the Internet to create, replicate, retrieve, or transmit the following kinds of information:

Inciting to resist or breaking the Constitution or laws or the implementation of administrative regulations;
Inciting to overthrow the government or the socialist system;
Inciting division of the country, harming national unification;
Inciting hatred or discrimination among nationalities or harming the unity of the nationalities;
Making falsehoods or distorting the truth, spreading rumors, destroying the order of society;
Promoting feudal superstitions, sexually suggestive material, gambling, violence, murder;
Terrorism or inciting others to criminal activity; openly insulting other people or distorting the truth to slander people;
Injuring the reputation of state organizations;
Other activities against the Constitution, laws or administrative regulations.[22]

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Absolute Surveillance :

Article 11 of this order mentions that "content providers are responsible for ensuring the legality of any information disseminated through their services".[23] Article 14 gives government officials full access to any kind of sensitive information they wish from providers of internet services.

Absolute Governance :

Enforcement In December 1997, Public Security minister Zhu Entao released new regulations to be enforced by the ministry that inflict fines for "defaming government agencies," "splitting the nation," and leaking "state secrets."

Absolute Dominance of Everything Internet :

On August 26, 2014, the State Internet Information Office (SIIO) was formally authorized by the state council the regulate and supervised all internet content. In addition, in December 2014 it launched a new website named as Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and Office of the central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs. In February 2014, the Central Internet Security and Informatization Leading Group was created in order to oversee cyber security and receive information from the CAC. [33]

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posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 07:32 AM

I was hoping it was going to hit my car so I could Sue China to get a new one.,

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 07:34 AM
a reply to: ZIPMATT

It’s down.

Like 12 hours ago.

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 07:42 AM

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 07:48 AM
a reply to: Chadwickus

There will instead be a list coming of interesting parts from the link . Did you know they censored criticism of Putin in China
while they attended at the G20 summit ? Its an interesting topic all round . Sorry for the confuscion

continued from OP

Highly Contentious Issues

most consistently blocked were Bloomberg, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, Facebook, and Twitter.[82] Internet censorship and surveillance has tightly implemented in China that block social websites like Gmail, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and others. The excessive censorship practices of the Great Firewall of China have now engulfed the VPN service providers as well.

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Micro- Management :

Social media websites The censorship of individual social media posts in China are usually occurs in two circumstance: 1. Corporates/government hire censors who reading individual social media posts and manually take down posts that’s against the policy. (Although the government and media often use microblogging service Sina Weibo to spread ideas and monitor corruption, it is also supervised and self-censored by 700 Sina censors.[91] ) 2. Posts that will be primarily auto-blocked based on keyword filters, and decide which ones to publish later.

Co-Operation Politics :

The comment areas of popular posts mentioned Vladimir Putin on Sina Weibo were closed during the 2017 G20 Hamburg summit in Germany. It is a rare example that a foreigner leader is granted the safety from popular judgment in Chinese internet, which usually only granted to the Chinese leaders.[104]

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posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 08:16 AM
Micro - micro management :

On 13 March 2018, China's CCTV incidentally showed Yicai's Liang Xiangyi apparently rolling her eyes in disgust at a long-winded and canned media question during the widely-watched National People's Congress. In the aftermath, Liang's name became the most-censored search term on Weibo.[127][128] The government also blocked the search query "journalist in blue" and attempted to censor popular memes inspired by the eye-roll.[129][130]


posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 08:21 AM
Corporate Control :

Some media have suggested that China's Internet censorship of foreign websites may also be a means of forcing mainland Chinese users to rely on China's own e-commerce industry, thus self-insulating their economy from the dominance of international corporations.[135] On 7 November 2005 an alliance of investors and researchers representing 26 companies in the U.S., Europe and Australia with over US $21 billion in joint assets announced[136] that they were urging businesses to protect freedom of expression and pledged to monitor technology companies that do business in countries violating human rights, such as China. On 21 December 2005 the UN, OSCE and OAS special mandates on freedom of expression called

on Internet corporations to "work together ... to resist official attempts to control or restrict use of the Internet." Google finally responded when attacked by hackers rumoured to be hired by the Chinese government by threatening to pull out of China.[citation needed]

Exporting Absolutism :

Reporters Without Borders suspects that regimes such as Cuba, Zimbabwe and Belarus have obtained surveillance technology from China.[137]

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 08:26 AM
Well this was about the Chinese space station coming down...

Damn Mandela effect strikes again!

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 08:28 AM
No Anonymity :

The revised draft of the Chinese government's "Internet Information Services"[10] proposes that "Internet information service providers, including microblogs, forums, and blogs, that allow users to post information on the Internet should ensure users are registered with their real identities".[11] Starting October 1, 2017, it will require internet users to identify themselves with their real names to use comments sections on news and social media websites.[12]

All there is to add would be to imagine how very banned indeed our comments should be , but as a comparison :

In the United States, the right to speak anonymously online is protected by the First Amendment and various other laws. These laws restrict the ability of the government and civil litigants to obtain the identity of anonymous speakers. The First Amendment says that "Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press".[14] This protection has been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the right to speak anonymously offline.

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 08:45 AM
a reply to: Chadwickus

like a ghostnet in the night ...

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 10:26 AM
Let's go Free them... and bring them democracy...??


posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 11:09 AM
Interent is censored wherever states Political Apparatus choose to. Assange was recently cut off, jammed at the source.

After BenGhazi, youtube access in Afghanistan was blocked, so the Taliban wouldn't see the Youtube anti Muslim video the US state department was blaming.

"Access blocked in your country" YouTube tag is well known, too.

Not going into tearing down of statues, banning of flags, movies and books in the Deep South of United States, either.

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 11:21 AM
a reply to: ZIPMATT

Maos little red book was banned in the uS. It carried an opposing view.

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 11:22 AM
China has a long-standing tradition of censor and keeping their people ignorant. There is nothing I can do about it, but if google does what it says then China and many other countries are going to lose the ability to control information reaching their populace.

Google Plans To Cover Our Earth With 1000 Satellites And Beam Internet

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 05:51 PM
a reply to: ZIPMATT

Have a look at google too.

posted on Apr, 2 2018 @ 08:18 PM

originally posted by: Grimpachi
Google Plans To Cover Our Earth With 1000 Satellites And Beam Internet

I wonder what Google's incentive is. Is it a humanitarian effort to provide equal access to the world? Or, is it to be able to mine data from a segment of the population that can't be exploited currently?

As for the Chinese, none of what the OP listed comes as a surprise really. China is afraid of its citizens. Give the people too much access and they might just question communism. Can you imagine a Chinese equivalent to ATS operating in China? Half of us would be in prison.

posted on Apr, 3 2018 @ 06:15 AM
a reply to: purplemer

Thanks everybody for the replies , did check google's wiki , and drew that 'don't be evil' is an admirable company policy.
That led on to the page on surveillance capitalism , eg

Countermeasures and solutions Numerous organizations have been struggling for free speech and privacy rights in the new surveillance capitalism[18] and various national governments have enacted privacy laws.

It is also conceivable that new capabilities and uses for mass-surveillance require structural changes towards a new system to prevent misuse. Zuboff compares demanding privacy from surveillance capitalists or lobbying for an end to commercial surveillance on the Internet to asking Henry Ford to make each Model T by hand and states that such demands are existential threats that violate the basic mechanisms of the entity's survival.[3]

Zuboff warns that principles of self-determination might forfeit due to "ignorance, learned helplessness, inattention, inconvenience, habituation, or drift" and states that "we tend to rely on mental models, vocabularies, and tools distilled from past catastrophes", referring to the twentieth century's totalitarian nightmares or the monopolistic predations of Gilded Age capitalism with countermeasures that have been developed to fight those earlier threats not being sufficient or even appropriate for the novel challenges.[3]

She also poses the question: "will we be the masters of information, or will we be its slaves?" and states that "if the digital future is to be our home, then it is we who must make it so".[19]

And these are points well worth reading . It could be argued that The Chinese Government, who must run a google of sorts all by themselves , and have co-contributed a new hardwire network over the world through the sco , have asked and answered that final question quuoted themselves . Keeping control of 1.4 billion people is an extremely serious business , and of course they are going to use the models Mao predicted in the historical context that's entirely predictable, and they will be aware that there is no precedent set for these new challenges . Things can always change too , and the basic internet law is not entirely wrong in its outlook . You're going to expect them to be proactive , and it could be said that they've made respectable but cautiously defined policy choices . Along with that the GDP per capita of China has risen substantially in the last 20 years , and that's a leading indication that life has improved accross the populace.
On a base level , at least they have avoided any kind of facebook inspired revolution such as in Egypt , or the Arab Spring , although that was also down to rocketing food prices at the time . Imagine Xi losing control of the governance of China toan unled internet revolt for example ? Well its doesnt bear thinking about , it simply cannot be allowed to happen, but the fundamental unfairness could be defined that the new powers of communication must belong to everybody , not just a tiny elite or even a single party of mass membership.

posted on Apr, 3 2018 @ 06:41 AM
There do seem to be potential benefits to the surveillance state , but while authors propose the corporates and states are convening , it's a chilling prospect in itself. Perhaps the future ' quantified self ' will become the 'drip-fed self' , or even the 'optimized self' , even the ' co-optimized selves ' or similar potentially unwanted or in fact maximally desired permutations , aand extreme dangers surely line the path there .

A policy minefield , Google's earlyset 'don't be evil' ethos was truely visionary , they (Larry Page , Sergei et al) et were young then but it's hoped they haven't had their ideals entirely squashed . In fact , there's been concurrent progress towards scientifically proving and defining the actual results of notable , age old proverbs

There is always , will always be , the bright side
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posted on Apr, 3 2018 @ 07:52 AM
And the Great Firewall of China is easily circumvented with a paid private VPN provider which I use everyday on my phone, tablet and laptop. My company uses a government authorized Layer 1 VPN at the provider level.

And your point is what exactly? I know all this stuff already. So do many others.

You should have covered the emergence of super powerful facial recognition in use here in China. The BBC ran a great video article about it recently.

posted on Apr, 3 2018 @ 09:01 AM
When I lived in China, and when I visit China, this is the thing that annoys me most. You are limited to what you can view. Google, YouTube, facebook, BBC, and a hist of other sites, you can forget it unless you go with a VON.

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