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?