More and more Chinese are bypassing the “Great Firewall,” or how impossible it is to control the Internet

For some time there has been a lot of talk about net neutrality, mainly due to the fact that more and more countries, to a greater or lesser extent, are striving to control what happens on the Internet, which for many is absurd, harmful, which conflicts with fundamental rights and if all this were not enough, it is a practice that we have repeatedly noted is unworkable.

What is happening in China in this regard is a very good example of what was said in the last sentence of the previous paragraph. The Chinese regime has made enormous economic and technical efforts to create its famous « great firewall » with which, on the one hand, they veto access to all the information circulating on the network that they do not do not wish to be read by Chinese citizens, and on the other hand to control as much as possible the activities of the Chinese population within the environment. But these efforts are less and less useful, citizens are learning to circumvent the internet censorship imposed by the regime.

And I'm not saying it, it's said by one of the country's first bloggers, isaac maowho among other things declared for the BBC:

Just two years ago, only 5% of Chinese internet users knew the government was censoring the internet. But now information is traveling faster and faster and people are trying to use different tools to spread information between social networks. So, about 20% of Internet users in China today understand what “Fan Qiang” (“bypass the firewall”) means, and also have a strong desire to do so.

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The observation is clear, even if the Chinese government makes the effort to censor the network, the population and the technology are faster than them. According to this same blogger, more and more users are using VPNs to browse anonymously and access prohibited information, which they then distribute through various means to other users who know about the existence of censorship but do not don't know how to avoid it. And what can the Chinese regime do about this? Well, basically nothing. Although technical and repressive measures are strengthened, more and more users will learn to circumvent censorship so that information circulates more and more freely and more Chinese can consume it.

I end as I started: controlling the network is extremely complicated and China is an example that this is true, we are faced with one of the countries that makes the most effort to do this, but with each day that passes they are used for less. Let's see if, by repeating it over and over again, the leaders of other countries where they want to end net neutrality find out.

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