Regulating the Internet: The Case of China

In class on Thursday, our guest speaker Ralph Russo gave an informative, engaging, (and a little bit terrifying) presentation about cyber security.  It brought up a lot of questions about the internet, regulations, cyber terrorism, and cyber security.  With legislation being drafted to try to increase the government’s ability to monitor information on the web, many people are becoming increasingly interested in this topic.

One thing Ralph Russo mentioned was that there was no way to regulate the internet.  Which makes sense – with all the users and information out there, how could it even be possible?  However, it seems that China is – or trying to – regulate and monitor all internet use.

Under strict censorship and other laws that control the media, China tries to protect the information that goes in and out of the country, as well as keep a hold on their regime.  For example, China logs every IP address to your personal information – Chinese and foreigners alike.  In the Beijing airport, I was required to scan my passport and register my IP address in order to access the free WiFi.  Apparently, some websites are restricted for viewing and some websites even redirect to the Chinese government websites (a tactic that Iran is now using).  A new agency was just formed to further regulate and enforce internet censorship.

This seems to contrast what Ralph Russo was saying.  What is correct?  Is China actually able to monitor and regulate the internet like they say?  Or is it simply a dream and a large effort that cannot be reached?

Sources: 1, 2, 3



3 responses to “Regulating the Internet: The Case of China


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  • jdywest7

    Great insight on a very controversial topic. I think that China is regulated its internet, but its also because its not a democracy and laws are regulated much differently. What if the US gov. succeeded in regulating the internet, would this be beneficial to the social welfare of citizens? Maybe cyber bullying and hate crimes would sieze.

  • sarahswig

    You pose a very interesting dilemma – should we regulate Internet? Wouldn’t that help improve our national security? On the other hand, what about freedom of speech and our freedom to do as we please without government interference? I think that China’s policies are definitely drastic – and that our freedom to write what we want and look at what we want on the Internet are very very important. That being said, as a US citizen – I’m not surfing terrorist sites or drug trafficking sites – so I don’t care if the government can see what I surf. Yeah it’s a weird concept, but if I”m not doing anything illegal – then it shouldn’t matter. I think some regulation may be a necessary next step to combat cyber attacks and drug trafficking.

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