Internet censorship in China is a problem both for critical domestic users and for a lot of foreign companies. The government is now threatening to close down VPNs, which tunnel data traffic abroad. For firms, a shock.
German firms operating in China almost always communicate with their home bases via safe VPN connections. For a long time, Beijing tolerated such networks, but it's now cracking down on any remaining loopholes.
At the fourth World Internet Conference, Beijing celebrated its vision of "sovereign internet." Western IT CEOs have to accept this, but DW’s Frank Sieren thinks that China's cyber policy will only cause more isolation.
Turkish authorities have blocked access to the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia. No official reason was given, but local media said the move was related to associating Turkey with terrorism.
Skype has apparently joined the lengthening list of internet communication tools on China's blacklist, with Apple saying it was ordered to clear its download store of apps that violate national laws.
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