China's Expanding Firewall

According to the Washington Post, China’s Great Firewall now not only poses risks for Chinese internet users, but all internet users. The article is expansive, yet perhaps is most compelling point concerns business in China. “Last week, foreign business groups –  including the American Chamber of Commerce in China and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce –  wrote to the Chinese government to protest new rules that would force companies in the banking and telecoms sectors to use only ‘secure and controllable’ IT services –  in other words, services the Chinese government can monitor.” Since its implementation, the Great Firewall has been Orwellian. Yet the omnipresent surveillance of the Firewall was formerly limited to mainland China internet users. Its new international dimension is certainly concerning for human rights activists.

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