China adding fortifications to the Great Firewall

posted at 5:31 pm on December 15, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

China and others’ plans for using the international mechanisms of the United Nations to clamp down on a free and open Internet may have been foiled (…for now), but of course that isn’t stopping the communist regime from furthering their strict monitors over their people’s Internet access at home.

China appears to be tightening its control of internet services that are able to burrow secretly through what is known as the “Great Firewall”, which prevents citizens there from reading some overseas content.

Both companies and individuals are being hit by the new technology deployed by the Chinese government to control what people read inside the country.

A number of companies providing “virtual private network” (VPN) services to users in China say the new system is able to “learn, discover and block” the encrypted communications methods used by a number of different VPN systems. …

Astrill, a VPN provider for users inside and outside China, has emailed its users to warn them that the “Great Firewall” system is blocking at least four of the common protocols used by VPNs, which means that they don’t function. “This GFW update makes a lot of harm to business in China,” the email says.

China is all too aware of the difficulty of maintaining their painstaking efforts to limit their people’s knowledge of the possibilities beyond communism — it’s the reason why the state-run media and education systems are chock-full of propaganda and that the Chinese aren’t allowed access to Western news sources and social media sites — and the reason why the regime is beefing up their efforts to perpetuate the jingoistic charade.

Their biggest problem is that stepping it up a notch on the big-brothering in this growing age of digital information and global business is only going to get them so far for so long, and their bid to use the UN to restrict international Internet access last week is a testament to how precariously the plutocracy’s survival so deeply depends upon continual checks on the freedom of speech and information.


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Look at it another way, Big Brother controls the info to several billion. I wonder, once they control it all, what monthly fee they can charge all those folks to peek inside the box?

Limerick on December 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Although relieved that the UN proposal failed, I say that we should do all we can to help China in its bid to cut themselves off from the rest of the world, leaving it to their own people to decide otherwise.

The people set this monstrosity up, so they can pull it down again – if they wish.

OldEnglish on December 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I am looking forward to the day we get to fill the Great Wall and the government behind it with liquid concrete.

Archivarix on December 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM

China The American Left is all too aware of the difficulty of maintaining their painstaking efforts to limit their people’s knowledge of the possibilities beyond communism — it’s the reason why the state-run -abiding media and education systems are chock-full of propaganda …

Altered it for scary (and scarily too little) contrast …

ShainS on December 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

America’s MMm does a much better job of burying “inconvenient” news.

VorDaj on December 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

MSM

VorDaj on December 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

The Obama regime doesn’t need a Great Firewall. Not when the MSM, the democrats, and the Obama regime are one and the same.

I wonder if the MSM realizes how little respect and credibility it has anymore. Sure, it was successful in getting Obama re-elected because there are still enough stupid people out there that it’s stenography for the Obama campaign was successful, but the margin wasn’t all that great and there are a lot of people (i.e, in the upper 40%) who see the MSM for what it is — nothing but the communications arm of the left wing of the democrat party.

AZfederalist on December 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Say what you will about the Chinese Goverment but they know how to get things done!

-Jeffrey “Douche” Immelt

Kataklysmic on December 15, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Kataklysmic on December 15, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Obama appears to worship at their feet, also.

OldEnglish on December 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Look at it another way, Big Brother controls the info to several billion.

Limerick on December 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Big Brother controls the info in China, too.

The Rogue Tomato on December 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

$

MichaelGabriel on December 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

MichaelGabriel on December 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Why do you think the MSM hates talk radio?

AZfederalist on December 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

the state-run media and education systems are chock-full of propaganda and that the Chinese aren’t allowed access to Western news sources and social media sites — and the reason why the regime is beefing up their efforts to perpetuate the jingoistic charade

…the GOOGLE guy and his friends are working on the problem for JugEars…so all United States citizens remain ignorant!

KOOLAID2 on December 15, 2012 at 7:26 PM

wish they would cut the outbound traffic to my servers. banning chinese ips a lot.

dmacleo on December 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

wish they would cut the outbound traffic to my servers. banning chinese ips a lot.

dmacleo on December 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

That’s been the MO of Communists and bongo-thumping barbarians for 20 years. Scam, spam, and steal from Western nations over the ‘net; it’s almost risk-free plus it’s loads easier than actually making wealth yourselves. Especially when you basically have no idea how to do that…

MelonCollie on December 15, 2012 at 8:08 PM

The Great Wall is bad, but it’s only a shield. The MSM is a sword.

David Blue on December 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM

That’s been the MO of Communists and bongo-thumping barbarians for 20 years. Scam, spam, and steal from Western nations over the ‘net; it’s almost risk-free plus it’s loads easier than actually making wealth yourselves. Especially when you basically have no idea how to do that…

MelonCollie on December 15, 2012 at 8:08 PM

seems it,
I debated banning by country code but I really detest doing that

dmacleo on December 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Government censors stifle people, and that’s bad. But so do liberal enforcers of political correctness.

Repeal the Hollywood tax cuts.

David Blue on December 15, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I debated banning by country code but I really detest doing that

dmacleo on December 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I’d do it ONLY for first-generation immigrants from violent nations. Then again, IMHO we need to restrict some rights of citizenship to 2nd-generation immigrants in the first place.

MelonCollie on December 15, 2012 at 9:47 PM

That’s odd. I’m using a VPN from within China to post this message and haven’t noticed any problems at all.

Time will tell I guess. Since HotAir isn’t blocked in China I’ll be sure to let you know if happens Erika.

DarkCurrent on December 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM

the Chinese aren’t allowed access to Western news sources and social media sites

You think they want access to Western news sources? Heh.

DarkCurrent on December 16, 2012 at 12:44 AM

The Chinese don’t give a f*** about western news. They don’t care about free press as we understand it. They want to be able to talk amongst themselves. They love gossip.

RINOs are people too on December 16, 2012 at 2:08 AM

While I’m at it, the Chinese people, the ordinary guys and gals you meet on the street, don’t understand us at all. Our way of life is completely foreign to them. Voting for rulers? Why?

Keep in mind, they have 6,000 years of imperial rule (communism included).

RINOs are people too on December 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Everyone talks about the great rise of China as an economic power. My question is what is going to happen when the current generation begins to die off? With the one child per family rule, the country is going to be downsized, and the younger generation will have only one child taking care of two elderly parents.

SC.Charlie on December 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

With the one child per family rule, the country is going to be downsized, and the younger generation will have only one child taking care of two elderly parents.

SC.Charlie on December 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Even moderate continued productivity growth will ensure that the elderly live their sunset years in more comfort than they were used to during their younger years. And productivity in China continues to grow strongly, at least for now.

In any case it looks like the so-called ‘One Child Policy’ is on its way out soon.

DarkCurrent on December 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

G D Mongolians!

blammm on December 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Still hoping Erika can take a fact-finding tour to China on behalf of HA.

DarkCurrent on December 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM