Unlike the “The Great Wall of China” you cannot see “The Great Firewall of China” from space but with Google’s decision to turn off automatic search warnings to Chinese users this great wall has been breached. making it easier but more dangerous for the Chinese public to search the Internet.
Most of us take for granted the power of the Internet and also the given right of searching for whatever information we want without government intervention or restrictions, but if you live in China this is not the case. The Internet arrived in China way back in 1994 and from the beginning the Chinese Communist Party of China feared it. Seeing the Internet as a threat to them and noting that the “The China Democracy Party” (CDP) were using this new social networking tool to communicate and to organize party workers, the Communist elite party members immediately banned the CDP and arrested all its leaders and imprisoned them.
Once imprisoned the “Chinese Communist Party” then created “The Golden Shield Project” or as it is now known as “The Great Firewall of China” know employing between 30 – 50,000 police and enforcers, the Chinese public now became one of the most monitored people on the planet. Using Internet security, video monitoring and human face recognition plus banning people from searching for certain words Internet use for the majority had become so dangerous that Google in order to protect its Chinese Internet users issued an automatic warning to all users in China that he or she may be searching for a censored keyword. This system has worked well but Google who has had a rocky relationship with Chinese authorities since January 2010 and has already threatened to shut down operations in China due to a “sophisticated and targeted” cyber attack, say that they no longer wanted to be part of the Chinese search engine censorship and have turned the automatic Chinese censorship warning app off.
Authors note: For once I have to agree with Google and wish the Chinese Internet users the best of luck.
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Sources: BBC .UK.