China adds to the Great Firewall with new Internet controls

posted at 11:01 am on December 28, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The Chinese communist regime works uncommonly hard to maintain the veneer of a prosperous, free, and morally sound society, using the channels of education and state-run media for their active brainwashing campaign and demonstrating a remarkable disdain for freedom of speech and the rule of law when things don’t go their way. The Chinese “constitution” is nothing but a farcical, bass-ackwards attempt at a governing document, since the well-entrenched Chinese plutocracy does pretty much what it wants, when it wants, and as it suits their needs.

For instance, that “freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly” the Chinese constitution insists its citizens enjoy? Heh, that’s a good one. Chinese authorities and companies have long since monitored Internet activity, including blocking access to Western social and information-sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but the latest installment of plutocrats is getting increasingly wary of keeping a tight lid on any dissent in the growing digital age:

China unveiled tighter Internet controls on Friday, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain “illegal” information and requiring service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment.

The rules signal that the new leadership headed by Communist Party chief Xi Jinping will continue muzzling the often scathing, raucous online chatter in a country where the Internet offers a rare opportunity for debate. …

Chinese authorities and Internet companies such as Sina Corp have long since closely monitored and censored what people say online, but the government has now put measures such as deleting posts into law. …

The restrictions follow a series of corruption scandals amongst lower-level officials exposed by Internet users, something the government has said it is trying to encourage.

Yes, I’m sure the Chinese regime is all too happy for citizen journalists to expose the many incidents of flagrant corruption and oppression that seem to plague all totalitarian regimes, everywhere. As Bloomberg notes, there’s no income disparity quite like communist income disparity, and the grand illusion of equality and moral righteousness is getting harder to maintain all the time:

They are the result of a conscious decision by the former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and some of his closest associates — the so-called Eight Immortals — to safeguard the primacy of the Communist Party by putting their families in charge of opening up China’s economy.

As Bloomberg News documents, what resulted was an enormous concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few. …

Robber barons and power elites are nothing new. Nor are they necessarily unhealthy — unless, that is, your society professes to be egalitarian. And notwithstanding the Communist Party’s protestations, China increasingly isn’t. …

China has tried to keep a lid on popular discontent over corruption and privilege by controlling its media. Bloomberg.com has been blocked in China since it published its story on Xi in June. But the best way to curb corruption is public accountability, and as we have argued, outsiders can help by supporting efforts to punch more holes in China’s Great Firewall.


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Tom Friedman approves!!

darwin on December 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Cut China servers off Internet. Then fill Great Wall with concrete. The rest of the world will be better off.

Archivarix on December 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The American communist regime works uncommonly hard to maintain the veneer of a prosperous, free, and morally sound society, using the channels of education and state-run media for their active brainwashing campaign and demonstrating a remarkable disdain for freedom of speech and the rule of law when things don’t go their way. The US “constitution” is nothing but a farcical, bass-ackwards attempt at a governing document, since the well-entrenched progressive plutocracy does pretty much what it wants, when it wants, and as it suits their needs.

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on December 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Obama friend and Job Czar Jeffy Immelt:

Really, the one thing that actually works, state run communism may not be your cup of tea, but their government works.”

“They get things done,”
Rose responded.

Yea!!!!….”Forward Comrade”!!!!!

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

China unveiled tighter Internet controls on Friday, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain “illegal” information and requiring service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment.

Why do I get the sense that all through the current regime in DC, the rat-eared wonder’s czars are thinking that this is a pretty darned good idea?

Happy Nomad on December 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

there’s no income disparity quite like communist income disparity

You got that right. $4 million Hawaii vacations for the ruling elite. A trip to McDonalds for burgers for the peons like us.

The ruling elite and their children are surrounded by trained, armed guards. We peons are supposed to give up our guns for a lousy $100.

I’m sure the Obama regime is all too happy for citizen journalists to expose the many incidents of flagrant corruption and oppression that seem to plague all totalitarian regimes, everywhere.

That’s why the Obama regime gets the press to cover up everything they do wrong. That’s why social networks like facebook are cracking down and banning people who are overly criticial of the Obama communist regime. No need to block facebook. Just make sure facebook blocks YOU, if you don’t toe the line.

The Rogue Tomato on December 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Barack Insane Obama: America would be so much easier to rule if I were Like China.

SWalker on December 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

We just need some reasonable restrictions on free speech too.

jukin3 on December 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The Chinese “constitution” is nothing but a farcical, bass-ackwards attempt at a governing document, since the well-entrenched Chinese plutocracy does pretty much what it wants, when it wants, and as it suits their needs.

LOL. Oh, you mean like when either party has a clear – or even not clear – majority in Washington DC?

Heck. This pretty much perfectly described the first two years of the Democrat administration, House, and Senate of 2008-9.

…and if you demur, how would it have differed, exactly?

davisbr on December 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Ahhhh, the sights & sounds of ‘freedom’ being driven under the boots of tyranny….funny how those sounds seem to be getting louder & louder here in the U.S. ….

easyt65 on December 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on December 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Beat me to it.

dogsoldier on December 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Two weeks ago Erika said my VPN was gonna stop working.

I really think Erika ought to make a fact-finding tour of China on behalf of HA.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I don’t recall anyone saying that the Chinese Communist Party was planning to shut off its Fifty Cent Army. In fact, what’s going on is the OPPOSITE of that.

logis on December 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Chinese communist regime

hmmmm… why do we use this, but we never see ‘American Marxist regime’?

faraway on December 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

After January, look to see some sort of similar legislation being proposed, or regulation imposed.

It is for the children, you know.

Protect them from hate speech and those who espouse that sort of freedom of speech, and to identify those who would allow gun-toting cops and trained civilians in our schools, or maybe those who try to convince the kids that global warming is a scam, or that Obama is not the smartest guy in the room, never was, never will be.

No more “handles” or web aliases…just full names, with phone and addees if you wish to post, blog or otherwise put anything on the web.

Of course, key persons, such as the former EPA chief, for example, will be allowed to use alias accounts for email and other web commo. Government secrets and all that.

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I don’t recall anyone saying that the Chinese Communist Party was planning to shut off its Fifty Cent Army. In fact, what’s going on is the OPPOSITE of that.

logis on December 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

You could always try it yourself, pengyou.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Ive got plenty of Chinese friends all over Twitter and Facebook and You Tube. They are accessing everything through VPNs.

The younger set know the score and cant be fooled by the Chinese government. They know its a corrupt entity interested in power and money…..like all governments.

rickyricardo on December 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I want to get paid to post.

China! *call me*

Axe on December 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

hmmmm… why do we use this, but we never see ‘American Marxist regime’?

faraway on December 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

We don’t have much outside the state run media. For all the socialist screeching, Fox is almost as bad and alas, there are still many people who hold the view that if they don’t see something on one of the three alphabet networks, it didn’t happen.

dogsoldier on December 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

outsiders can help by supporting efforts to punch more holes in China’s Great Firewall

Noble work here. The joy of proxy.

Axe on December 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

… since the well-entrenched Chinese plutocracy 0bama administration does pretty much what it wants, when it wants, and as it suits their needs.

FIFY

FlatlanderByTheLake on December 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

The Chinese government can’t control the flow of info any longer. Even if they tried to shut the net off they will fail.

Since their leaders are really all about the money, they would be smart to tap into that. But they aren’t smart, just greedy.

Hmmmm, that sounds familiar.

dogsoldier on December 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

And this is the nation that so many are worried that it is going to take over the world? Folks, no nation where humans have no freedom and no rights, a nation of slave labor, is going to take over the world… and believing otherwise is extremely dumb and nothing but utterly delusional fear and totally unfounded pessimism…

mnjg on December 28, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Ive got plenty of Chinese friends all over Twitter and Facebook and You Tube. They are accessing everything through VPNs.

rickyricardo on December 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

They’re probably all secretly ChiCom operatives.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

mnjg on December 28, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Wow, that flies in the face of a couple thousand years of history…

Where do I start?

dogsoldier on December 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

They’re probably all secretly ChiCom operatives.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Some of them may very well be.

dogsoldier on December 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The OBAMA Chinese Communist regime works uncommonly hard to maintain the veneer of a prosperous, free, and morally sound society, using the channels of education and state-run media for their active brainwashing campaign and demonstrating a remarkable disdain for freedom of speech and the rule of law when things don’t go their way.

DANEgerus on December 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Can’t help but wonder how many lefties in the USA wish they could do the kind of threatening censorship wrt their sacred cows that China’s leaders are able to do. I suspect most Muslims here would. Egypt’s religious leaders that Obama has helped come to power & influence make the Chinese leadership look like nice guys:

Chessplayer on December 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Some of them may very well be.

dogsoldier on December 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Very likely. Here in just my own Comment Center alone we have over 200,000 people posting an average of 31.38 comments an hour on Western blogs.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Very likely. Here in just my own Comment Center alone we have over 200,000 people posting an average of 31.38 comments an hour on Western blogs.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I just always assumed you were a spy. Now that I know you are a capitalist, I’m more impressed. $15 an hour (reference line) and flexible hours is completely respectable.

Axe on December 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I just always assumed you were a spy. Now that I know you are a capitalist, I’m more impressed. $15 an hour (reference line) and flexible hours is completely respectable.

Axe on December 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

When you factor in the lower cost of living it’s a real sweet deal ;)

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Switching back to Concealed Mode…

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Heh. Seems the VPN was already engaged.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM

They’ve been blocking Instagram for awhile.

Though I’m not sure it’s consistently being done. You can imagine how photos could “incite” Chinese to want more of that evil “freedom”.

They are fighting a losing battle. I wouldn’t be surprised to see China collapse into a bunch of states like the old Soviet Union.

PappyD61 on December 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM

The American communist regime works uncommonly hard to maintain the veneer of a prosperous, free, and morally sound society, using the channels of education and state-run media for their active brainwashing campaign and demonstrating a remarkable disdain for freedom of speech and the rule of law when things don’t go their way. The US “constitution” is nothing but a farcical, bass-ackwards attempt at a governing document, since the well-entrenched progressive plutocracy does pretty much what it wants, when it wants, and as it suits their needs.

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on December 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

THIS.

What’s the difference between China and the U.S.?

One is run by tyrants, the other is run by WOULD-BE tyrants.

PappyD61 on December 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

They’ve been blocking Instagram for awhile.

Though I’m not sure it’s consistently being done. You can imagine how photos could “incite” Chinese to want more of that evil “freedom”.

They are fighting a losing battle. I wouldn’t be surprised to see China collapse into a bunch of states like the old Soviet Union.

PappyD61 on December 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Instagram is not blocked in China Pappy.

But I too expect China to soon dissolve just the like the old Soviet Union. Next up, the Beiguang Empire (including current Mongolia and the areas to the east and north such as the Kamchatka Peninsula and Alaska), The Wu Confederacy and the Union of Yue. Could happen in 2056, or 2113 or 2452. In any case, soon.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The Chinese communist regime works uncommonly hard to maintain the veneer of a prosperous, free, and morally sound society, using the channels of education and state-run media for their active brainwashing campaign and demonstrating a remarkable disdain for freedom of speech and the rule of law when things don’t go their way.

Huh.

Why does this sound so familiar?

Who knew that Dems and the American MSM ran china too?

Tim_CA on December 28, 2012 at 1:39 PM

our government is hardly any better, this is what large government does to stay in power. China and the US are on the same path. Both are doing their best to stifle individual freedoms in the name of the common good.

exceller on December 28, 2012 at 1:39 PM

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Dark Current, Hotair’s very own Minister of Propaganda for China.

JPeterman on December 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Dark Current, Hotair’s very own Minister of Propaganda for China.

JPeterman on December 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

That’s why they pay me the big bucks.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Tom Friedman approves!!

darwin on December 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Krugman and Obama do too.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2012 at 1:57 PM

For years DK operated for China and I just watched.

One day, recently, I exposed him and he’ll never be clothed again.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2012 at 2:03 PM

That’s why they pay me the big bucks.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM

No, they don’t, because they don’t have to.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

No, they don’t, because they don’t have to.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

They better, or I’m gonna turn the tables on this whole operation!

In fact I do it for the love of the motherinlawland.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Sure sounds like a burgeoning market for talented basement dwelling HACKERS n’est ce pas?

Katfish on December 28, 2012 at 2:23 PM

In fact I do it for the love of the motherinlawland.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

The obvious is indignant.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

“Now over to Erika Johnsen, our Hot Air correspondent in Beijing…”

what could be. what SHOULD be.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

What’s the difference between China and the U.S.? One is run by tyrants, the other is run by WOULD-BE tyrants.
PappyD61 on December 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

George Orwell’s definition of liberals: “Power-worshippers without power.”

logis on December 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

“Hello. Thanks. Yes Ed, the forces of the anti-Communist ‘Bei-Guang …

“…are approaching the capital, Beijing, after days of intense fighting. ..”

“things are getting a bit dangerous here.”

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 2:38 PM

“Now over to Erika Johnsen, our Hot Air correspondent in Beijing…” what could be. what SHOULD be.
DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

“Hello. Thanks. Yes Ed, the forces of the anti-Communist ‘Bei-Guang … “…are approaching the capital, Beijing, after days of intense fighting. ..” “things are getting a bit dangerous here.”
DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The obvious is indignant.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

As near as I can tell, he’s just arguing with himself now. Is there some kind of official rule about always getting the last post in — or is it just a mindless reflex that comes naturally to trolltards?

The world may never know. And it will certainly never care.

logis on December 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

or is it just a mindless reflex that comes naturally to trolltards?

The world may never know. And it will certainly never care.

logis on December 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

It’s an official rule.

Get a passport.

DarkCurrent on December 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Help ‘em out…

https://www.torproject.org/

Doogiesd on December 28, 2012 at 6:35 PM

The Chinese “constitution” is nothing but a farcical, bass-ackwards attempt at a governing document, since the well-entrenched Chinese plutocracy does pretty much what it wants, when it wants, and as it suits their needs.

Pretty obvious this is what a certain “constitutional lawyer” would love to see adopted over here.

There again, if you can blow off the old one and plant Socialists in the higher courts, take over the means of production, etc. then maybe there is no reason to get rid of it. Actually, I don’t see why they haven’t done it already. “We” aren’t going to do a damn thing about it except sit around and complain. Can’t believe they don’t get that yet.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 28, 2012 at 6:42 PM

In fact, if Mitt Romney had managed to swing the margin by 5 points in his direction in each and every state, he still would have lost (272 electoral votes to 266).

Nor was this because President Obama turned out massive numbers of voters to pull the level for him. Per capita, Obama actually got 9 percent fewer votes than in 2008 — a rather precipitous decline. If Romney had simply improved upon John McCain’s performance by that same amount — if he had gotten 9 percent more votes per capita than McCain did — he’d now be preparing to move into the White House. Instead, Romney got 2 percent fewer votes per capita than McCain, a result so bad that it would have seemed almost unfathomable before Election Day.

SparkPlug on December 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

logis on December 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Yep. He’s just peeved that nobody here cares anymore about Hot Air’s resident self-appointed China hand. Even if he’s one-in-a-million, there are a thousand more just like him over there.

Christien on December 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Yep. He’s just peeved that nobody here cares anymore about Hot Air’s resident self-appointed China hand. Even if he’s one-in-a-million, there are a thousand more just like him over there.

Christien on December 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Yes, but they don’t take pictures of their food like this one does.

UnAmerican azzhat.

JPeterman on December 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

China adds to the Great Firewall with new Internet controls

…coming soon by Executive Order…to YOU!

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

UnAmerican azzhat.

JPeterman on December 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Heh. It must suck to leave one collapsed country to become the citizen of another that starts collapsing just as you arrive. Dumbazz.

DarkCurrent on December 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

JPeterman on December 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Heh. Gotta laugh at people who post pictures of their food. It’s neurotic.

Christien on December 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Heh. Gotta laugh at people who post pictures of their food. It’s neurotic.

Christien on December 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Heh. Indeed.

DarkCurrent on December 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Heh. It must suck to leave one collapsed country to become the citizen of another that starts collapsing just as you arrive. Dumbazz.

DarkCurrent on December 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Oh dear you just confined yourself to hell 20 more cycles of samsara.

Going to need a bigger bamboo shoot.

tom daschle concerned on December 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Oh dear you just confined yourself to hell 20 more cycles of samsara.

Going to need a bigger bamboo shoot.

tom daschle concerned on December 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Already had 563,957 cycles including 1 in Nebraska coming. Might as well be in hell.

DarkCurrent on December 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM