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.
As China marks the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic, the government would have good reason to lean back and grant the population a little more freedom, says DW’s Frank Sieren.
Many African governments have taken to censoring a variety of apps and sites, especially around election time. But people across the continent are increasingly seeking out ways to work around the blocks.
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.
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