Besides the innovative minds and hardworking hands, the Chinese are also very interested in evolving in everything that involves technology with all of its branches. But what if one day, they got restricted for taking part of this worlds’ evolution in Internet browsing, social network interacting and gadgets updating? That’s what the new Communist Giant Wall is all about. The information that the government of China wants its citizens to know is limited and that’s the reason behind all the outages of famous services available in China at the time.
The “Virtual Private Networks” that are being provided by the companies names Golden Frog, Astrill and Strong VPN are experiencing all sorts of publicity problems these days. Personal users and students are the ones who have to suffer most from this issue, but the enterprises don’t seem to have a big problem with their corporate VPN, as employees working in Chinese offices (many of which are American firms) have confirmed.
Astrill has sent a message to its customers in order to inform them that the service still works on laptops, even if smartphones and tablets are having a lot of problems because of their prevalence in China which is not as high-classed as it is in the US.
“Almost all foreign and many domestic companies in China use VPNs to conduct business relatively unimpeded by disruptions to web services. The services that have seen disruptions recently are widely used by individuals, largely affecting mobile devices.”
Censorship in China is a very important issue momentarily. It is not only about the access that Chinese users do not own to foreign websites, but also about the fact that the content of these sites are restricted for them in many ways. A larger amount of restrictions are found on the websites of Chinese companies.
Sina Weibo is the Chinese version of Twitter. Only in the year 2013, there have been found and published over 527 images posted by users on their Sina Weibo that have initially been deleted by the censors of the platform. The one that published the photos is ProPublica, which also trying making a research in order to find out what caused the censorship on this particular pictures. The only finding that has been made public was that the content of those photos could have threatened the life of the users who posted them online. ProPublica is also in the process of finding out whether 18 international news organizations and their sites are available for random citizens of China or not.
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