China’s new commission to tighten internet oversight

Following its adoption of the cyber security law in November to combat hacking and terrorism, China is proposing a new commission that will overlook policies on Internet regulation across the country. It will also look into the buying and selling of products that have not been duly approved of. China keeps a tight watch over the Internet and has been deleting comments on social media platforms that it sees harmful, as well as removing both Google and Facebook. The sovereign state considers it as an important step to guarantee national security and social stability.



In November last year China announced a new cyber security law. According to the guys in Beijing, the new law will keep growing threats such as hacking and terrorism at bay. The move brought concern to many that saw this leading to negative impact on foreign businesses, with China further separating itself from the world. Many are saying the new law will do exactly that, and more precisely to lessen the hold foreign tech companies have in various sectors, or simply to cut them out from the slice of the pie.

This new draft of the rule will further tighten policies in the name of national security although it is not yet clear when it will be officially applied. The proposed rules are said to be open for public comment until March 4.

A force to be reckoned with, ‘the great firewall’ has been cracking down on national cyberspace security for a long time now with recent allegations that they will work doubly hard in 2017 to prevent the use of VPNs and tighten internet censorship. VPNs are challenging to keep a lid on and many are skeptical about the success rate of the government in doing so.

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