China and her totalitarian allies hope to take over the Internet. They also intend to police Internet companies within their borders for such nebulous crimes as “spreading rumors.”
China’s government just announced they will embed cybersecurity police units at major Internet companies and websites to help prevent crimes such as fraud and “spreading of rumors.” That came via state-run Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Prior to this, China threatened to shut down services but now they will intensify their intrusions with a hands on approach.
The White House National Security Council spokesperson said they are “concerned”.
For those people who think communist regimes soften when exposed to freedom, think again. Instead, they influence free nations to cut freedoms.
Western companies are succumbing to China’s rules as the price of doing business in China. Linked In, for example, is censoring the content customers are allowed to see. China is not alone/ Russia, Turkey, the EU have all looked to erasing links or content.
Greater China, which also includes sales from Taiwan and Hong Kong, is Apple Inc.’s second-biggest market. An Apple spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the report. Apple has said in the past that its users’ data stored in facilities in China is encrypted and that local service providers don’t have access to the content, the Wall Street Journal reports.
China just passed a new security law claiming the nation’s sovereignty extends into cyberspace.
For the past 15 years, China has been looking to take control of the global Internet and rewrite the rules. They have reignited the campaign and stepped it up, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal last week.
This is the year of hardcore attempts to take over the Internet.
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan would like to inject politics into the Internet. Their excuses are to fight terrorism and protect national security. They want everyone in every government to become a stakeholder.
Chinese president Xi Jinping and other stakeholders are pressuring foreign companies to splinter off, in a divide and conquer technique.
In addition to trying to get encryption keys and Western semiconductors and servers, they proposed the U.N. adopt a 2015 updated Internet “code of conduct.” It hasn’t been adopted but they will keep trying.
They would like to regulate the Internet according to their own rules and they want any and every government to interfere with the free Internet by cutting their own rules.
“All States must play the same role in, and carry equal responsibility for, international governance of the Internet,” the code read.
The code is a Trojan Horse. It would have allowed any government to reject technical protocols interlinking the worldwide Internet. It did not allow cross border policing, it only supports international cooperation when it concerns political dissidents, it allows these countries to continue national policies related to censorship while at the same time promoting the freedom to search, acquire, and disseminate information, and it didn’t address cyber-espionage.
It would be a great way to erase history. National interests would overtake international interests in the global marketplace.
The Chinese fear the U.S.-dominated Internet will overthrow China’s Communist party.
Four years ago, Chinese researcher, Ye Zheng, writing for the state-run (all Chinese papers are state-run) China Youth Daily, said the Internet represents “global control” with the U.S. as a “shadow” presence, the Wall Street Journal report noted.
China would like to see governments patrolling online discourse. They want control over every part of the digital world.
They even want the power to shut the Internet down.
The U.S. administration says China’s goals are to limit freedom, not defend national security.
China built a wall – the Great Firewall – but censors are having trouble keeping up.
In China, no one is allowed to “spread rumors”, use fake names, or post information that violates national interests. Popular accounts are deleted under the guise of targeting violent or pornographic content.
They won’t stop trying and they could succeed.