Nobody wants this future of the Internet – except China

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China has not got a good reputation recently – mainly on the web. The rulers of the Middle Kingdom not only react very quickly to all negative news about China, but also to messages that can give food for thought to citizens. It is also worth mentioning all the effort made by the relevant users to spread a good word about the said economic power. This time, Chinese officials are going to implement more laws and they look … scary. After their adoption, most of the content shown to users on the web will have a "positive" impact. What does it mean?

The Chinese cyberspace administration has published a new set of guidelines that will exactly regulate content appearing on the internet. The algorithms created by the Chinese government will promote positive messages, and the content that concerns such things as politics, national security, state secrets or the unity of China will be automatically blocked and hidden from prying eyes. None of the internet operators operating in China will not be able to identify politically.

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The new law will come into force in China from March 1, 2020. It's not over yet. In addition to creating the appropriate algorithm, officials will also ensure that users' accounts and their registration data are checked carefully, and will prevent any "gossip" – what does this mean? This is not fully known.

Chinese activities related to Internet control and citizens are significantly different from other countries. For comparison, the algorithms developed by the United States are updated to ensure impartiality when presenting content. Chinese, however, are afraid of Internet search engines they may suggest "dangerous" content to searchers – something that censorship will not.

The level of public control in China has just reached a new level. I wonder if the inhabitants of the Middle Kingdom somehow you can bypass these types of rules.

Source: WSJ