Tuesday, May 24, 2016

China's "Golden Shield" or "Great Firewall" could set a tempting example for Donald Trump

The Washington Post today leads off with the headline, “China’s scary lesson for the world: Internet censorship works”, by Simon Denyer, link here.

The article also uses the bizarre term “Internet sovereignty”.  This is called the “golden shield” or “Great Firewall of China”.

Authoritarian societies that knowledge comes through a top-down social and political hierarchy, so that “everyone does her part” (or his), and that no one mooches.  The attitude also shows up in Vladimir Putin’s Russia and in much of the Islamic world.

China has been cracking down on VPN’s, which can serve as workarounds, especially in the western part of the country where there is more religious (Muslim) dissent.

And China is particularly concerned about what the “average Joe” reads, rather than what the privileged techie does.

Among my sites, everything based on Google or Blogger (or Facebook) is blocked, but Wordpress and flat sites seem to be available.  But all my sites have traffic from China, some of it “illegal” to be sure.

One question that comes up is, what happens if a political Blogger vacations in China from the US.  Would he or she be detained?  Same question about Russia if he or she has blogged about gay rights in the West.

I was actually “invited” to set up my “doaskdotell” domain in China an ISP in Shanghai in late 2013.
Could China’s behavior set a tempting example for Donald Trump to emulate if he gets elected?  Do voters see this?

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Pudong under CCSA 4.0 by Pj56.

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